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Revision Rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty is required when a previous procedure has not been successful or when there have been changes over time, which has made the result undesirable. Causes for these changes to occur are usually due to one of the following:

  • Trauma to the nose after a rhinoplasty.
  • Scar tissue causing contraction of skin over nose.
  • Lack of support for nose causing changes over time.
  • Original concern not being addressed adequately

Regardless of the cause, revision rhinoplasty is a very challenging procedure. Scar tissue involved is significant and often there is significant lack of normal structural support to the nose. Healing after a revision rhinoplasty is also usually longer that a primary rhinoplasty unless the problem is very isolated.

The common goals of revision rhinoplasty are:

  • Improve breathing.
  • Improve support of nose.
  • Increase the height of the nose (Dorsal augmentation).
  • Refine tip
  • Remove polybeak deformity

Dr Robinson has had advanced fellowship training in rhinoplasty including revision rhinoplasty. He understands that revision rhinoplasty requires longer than primary rhinoplasty and he will take the time required to get the job done correctly. He has been known to do a revision rhinoplasty for several hours because that was the amount of time required to do the operation appropriately. 

Revision rhinoplasty requires rib grafting. Dr Dan Robinson has performed over 150 rib grafts and over 700 rhinoplasties. More than 30% of the rhinoplasties Dr Dan Robinson performs are revisions of other surgeons.

Improve Breathing

After a previous rhinoplasty it is very common that patients complain of problems breathing. Often this is because a rhinoplasty was performed without taking care to ensure that the structural support of the nose was kept intact or strengthened. Dr Robinson avoids this problem by ensuring he uses structural grafting to improve the strength of the nose during primary rhinoplasty.

The problems with breathing after a rhinoplasty without structural grafting usually get worse over time. This is because the skin collapses over the nose, which has very little support. The skin then moves when the patient breathes in and exacerbates the collapse.

The steps in revision rhinoplasty for a blocked nose differ between patients but the general procedure is as follows:

  • Rib graft harvest.
  • Revision septoplasty.
  • Extended structural grafts to nose.
  • Revision turbinoplasty (Reduce scrolls of tissue on either side of nose).
  • Revise tip if required.
  • Camouflage grafting to hide contour changes.

Refine Nose

After a rhinoplasty you might not be happy with the appearance of your nose. Common complaints include:

  • Hump not adequately reduced.
  • Nose still significantly bent.
  • Twisted tip.
  • Droopy tip.
  • Collapsed nose (Inverted V Deformity).
  • Saddle nose deformity.
  • Parenthesis deformity.

After a previous rhinoplasty each of these problems is very specific to the patient. It is important that you discuss all of your concerns when you see Dr Robinson and he will discuss the procedure with you in detail. As with all revision rhinoplasties it is likely that your nose will need more cartilage, and this will need to be harvested from the rib.

Dorsal Augment

Dorsal Augmentation is a procedure used to build up the nose. The dorsal augmentation is done for patients who have what is called a saddle nose. A saddle nose has 3 main causes:

  • Congenital.
  • Post-surgical.
  • Trauma.

Regardless of the cause of a saddle nose the procedure involves building up the nose with graft material. Dr Robinson uses graft material to build up the dorsum of the nose to provide for the dorsal augmentation.

To discuss Revision Rhinoplasty further, please make an appointment with Dr Dan Robinson.

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