3 Things To Know About Revision Rhinoplasty

For those who are unhappy with the results of a previous rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty surgery may be the solution. There are many reasons why you may be disappointed with the original procedure. For some, their post-surgery nose does not meet their aesthetic goals. In other cases, the previous rhinoplasty negatively impacts the function of the nose, making a revision necessary. Here are three things to know about revision rhinoplasty if you are looking at your second or even third rhinoplasty.

What It May Entail

The first thing to know about revision rhinoplasty is what the procedure may entail. Depending on your situation, your revision rhinoplasty procedure may take longer and be more complex than your original rhinoplasty. Your surgeon will need to deal with scar tissue and any problems from the previous procedure. Your surgeon may even need to take cartilage from your ear or even ribs to provide structural support for the bridge or tip of your nose. You'll want to discuss the details of what may happen during the procedure with your surgeon. 

How Much It Will Cost

Another thing to know about revision rhinoplasty is that it tends to be more expensive than the primary nose job. A few factors at play may increase the cost, including longer operation time and more complexity to the procedure. On average, revision rhinoplasty will cost $10,000 to $15,000. If you are undergoing revision surgery to correct problems with your airway, your health insurance may cover part of the cost. However, if you have revision rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, your insurance will likely not cover any of the cost. 

You Can Use A Different Surgeon

Revision rhinoplasty is a delicate and challenging cosmetic surgery. While you may feel comfortable using the same surgeon who performed your first rhinoplasty, you can also select a different surgeon for your revision. Since revision rhinoplastic can be complex, you may want to go with a surgeon who has experience with revisions. If you decide to use a different cosmetic surgeon, make sure they have all of the information they need about your previous procedure.

If you are unhappy with your rhinoplasty, a revision may be necessary, but there are a few things you should know. First, knowing how revision rhinoplasty works is crucial. Second, since revision surgery is more complex and can take longer, your costs will likely be higher for this procedure. Finally, you can use a different cosmetic surgeon for your revision rhinoplasty procedure. 

To learn more about revision rhinoplasty, reach out to a cosmetic surgeon, such as Susan L. Chobanian, M.D.