Unfortunately, there are some people who have undergone rhinoplasty surgery in the past that are not fully satisfied with their results. After making the difficult decision to change your outward appearance and then to be unable to hide your unsatisfactory outcome, it may be traumatic to think about revisiting the idea of surgery. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stark has helped many Philadelphia area patients overcome this insecurity with his warm bedside manner and his exquisite surgical skills.
No two noses are alike. That is one of the reasons that changing its appearance requires advanced surgical technique and artistic capability. Understanding the way a nose looked in its original form without having seen it is a challenge that Dr. Stark overcomes with careful examination and knowledge of facial proportions. This along with Vectra H2 3D imaging, helps him and his patients actually see what the new nose will look like. This also helps revision rhinoplasty patients ensure that their goals are aligned with those of the doctor.
What is revision rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure involving correcting or improving a prior rhinoplasty procedure. One of the main reasons patients seek revision rhinoplasty is dissatisfaction with the aesthetic result of the prior surgery; they may have asymmetry of the nose, a shape they don’t like or a problem with rotation or projection. Other reasons can be more functional problems such as airway obstruction or collapse of the nasal bridge or nostrils. Revision rhinoplasty surgery is a highly complex surgery and is considered one of the more advanced technical procedures in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Stark’s extensive training with the world’s best rhinoplasty surgeons equips him with the skills needed to perform this type of surgery.
How is revision rhinoplasty performed?
Because of the variety of issues patients may encounter with their prior rhinoplasty surgery, the revision surgery will be different and is fully customizable for every patient. However, in all revision rhinoplasty surgeries, Dr. Stark will use an open approach. Through a small incision at the base of the nose, Dr. Stark is able to accurately and precisely modify the structure of the nose to achieve the best and most stable result.
Depending on the complexity of the revision Dr. Stark may need to harvest cartilage from the septum, ear or rib. If rib cartilage is used this may require another incision over the rib; alternatively, a cadaver rib cartilage may be used in which case there would be no need for another incision.
Your patient experience
Whatever the reason for your revision rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Stark can help. Firstly, he will ensure you feel comfortable the minute you walk into StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center. His friendly staff, comfortable exam rooms and warm bedside manner will immediately put you at ease. We understand surgery can be emotionally difficult and ultimately the key to a successful surgery is alignment of your goals with those of your doctor. The consultations at StarkMD Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery allow the time and comfort each patient deserves to discuss their desired outcome. As with any surgery, health is of the utmost importance and Dr. Stark will ensure you are taking any necessary supplementation and stop any medications that may interfere with surgery. In addition, Dr. Stark’s considerable skill and finesse come through to minimize scarring with every closing suture.
Recovery from revision rhinoplasty
Immediately following your revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Stark will splint your nose internally and externally to help set the adjustments he’s made. If he shifted the placement of the bones, there may be circles around your eyes. Swelling can also make breathing through the nose more difficult for a brief period.
Your splints will be removed along with any sutures that were placed 1 week after surgery. At this point, the most severe swelling and bruising should be fading or already gone. Swelling after revision rhinoplasty can take longer to resolve than a primary rhinoplasty and can persist for up to a year in some cases. The nasal tip may be particularly prone to extended swelling- it is important to have patience during this period. Dr. Stark will always guide you through the process and make sure recovery is tailored for each patient.
Schedule a consultation
During your consultation at StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center, Dr. Stark will address all your concerns. His gentle and warm bedside manner will make you feel comfortable from start to finish. With the help of his modern, high quality Vectra H2 3D imaging, you and Dr. Stark will create a customized plan together to achieve your desired outcome. At StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center, we realize that surgery is not one-size fits all. Call or visit us at the StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center to begin your journey toward a more attractive, symmetrical, and functional nose.