Revision rhinoplasty, also known as secondary rhinoplasty, is performed for patients who have already undergone nasal contouring surgery and are unhappy with their results. Many patients seek treatment with Dr. Ben Light if the results they received at other plastic surgery practices do not meet their expectations. Dr. Light specializes in facial plastic surgery at his practice in Decatur, Alabama and is regarded as one of the premiere rhinoplasty surgeons in the region. His skill and his experience in successfully performing complex cases make him uniquely qualified to meet patients’ needs and goals.
The Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure
During an initial consultation, Dr. Light will meet with you to discuss the reasons why you are seeking revision rhinoplasty and why you are displeased with the results of your original procedure. He will discuss the different techniques that are available, including endonasal (closed rhinoplasty) and external (open rhinoplasty). Dr. Light will choose the technique that is most appropriate for your individual needs and goals.
From a tiny incision made either on the inside or outside of the nose, Dr. Light will access the underlying nasal structures. He will sculpt the nose by reshaping the cartilage and septum (nasal bone). Cartilage and bone are sometimes added or reduced in order to achieve the desired results. The entire procedure is performed under general anesthesia and is usually completed in one to three hours.
There are a number of techniques that can be used to perform a revision rhinoplasty procedure. No two patients are the same, and we evaluate each person to determine the best technique for the result they want.Dr. Ben Light, M.D.
Revision Rhinoplasty Benefits
Patients who were disappointed with the outcome of their original rhinoplasty procedure are often extremely pleased with their revision rhinoplasty results. They can enjoy both cosmetic and functional benefits including attractive, proportionate nasal contours and improved airflow.
Recovery from Revision Rhinoplasty
Patients will need to rest for approximately one week after revision rhinoplasty surgery before returning to work or resuming their normal activities. In the first 24 hours after surgery, it’s important to rest in bed and keep the head elevated. Gauge packing may be placed in the nose for a few days in order to decrease bleeding and help facilitate recovery. A splint is also used to help support the nose and help maintain its new shape: the splint and stitches are removed within a couple of weeks.
Why Choose Dr. Light
Dr. Light is board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as a facial plastic surgeon. Unlike other plastic surgeons, his entire focus is on facial plastic surgery. His education, training, and experience are exclusively in facial and neck surgery and have enabled him to become an expert in his field. Dr. Light has served as the Chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Gainesville, Florida and has lectured across the country on advanced rhinoplasty techniques.