Even when patients conduct careful research to select an expert rhinoplasty surgeon and follow all post-operative instructions carefully, problems occasionally arise, and the final results may be somewhat disappointing. A revision rhinoplasty in Toronto is commonly done to correct an issue as a result of the first rhinoplasty surgery, or to further correct a pre-existing aesthetic concern.
Although secondary rhinoplasty is fairly common, it does require a specialized expert in reconstructive and revision rhinoplasty procedures. There are delicate concerns related to post-surgical nasal structures, scar tissue, blood flow and cartilage material that remains to be utilized for grafts. Unless your facial surgeon has performed revision rhinoplasty many times before, it would be wise to seek an expert in this area.
It is important to give extra thought and time to your Toronto rhinoplasty planning when it involves a second procedure. The risks are a bit higher. Because your original surgeon may have altered and removed some of the nasal bone or cartilage, the remaining structures can be less sturdy and more delicate to work with.
Often, the second rhinoplasty in Toronto will involve adding material to build up the nose or reinforce it. This may require taking a small amount of cartilage from other areas of the body such as a rib. Possibly, the technique used to perform the operation will be open, rather than a closed rhinoplasty because greater access and visibility is required to make careful corrections.
Blood flow is a very meticulous matter during any rhinoplasty surgery, and your surgeon will need to be extra careful not to impair or sever important vessels in the nasal region. The material inside the nose becomes more difficult to work with after an initial procedure because hard, scar tissue often forms.
The length of time under general anaesthetic may need to be increased and your cost for the procedure may be higher due to these factors.
Patients are typically encouraged to wait at least a year before planning a second rhinoplasty treatment because the swelling from a primary surgery can actually last that long. This requires a great amount of patience in most cases but will help to further reduce risks, ensuring optimal healing.
Revision rhinoplasty in Toronto carries many of the same risks as a primary one. If you’ve selected a board certified and experienced facial plastic surgeon, you’re in good health, and you follow your aftercare instructions properly, that should help ensure that you don’t suffer any complications.. It is extremely important for patients to avoid smoking and recreational drug use before and after surgery because both can negatively affect healing and even lead to tissue death. Healthy individuals will usually heal significantly by the two-week mark, but a small amount of residual swelling can last another several months.
Most revision rhinoplasty patients heal very well and are quite satisfied with their result. Any increased risks can be mitigated with good research, preparation and planning. Dr Phillip Solomon is an experienced and specialized facial reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon. He specializes in complex rhinoplasty procedures and offers expert, secondary Toronto rhinoplasty treatment at his GTA practice locations.
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