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Rhinoplasty Revision


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Revision or secondary rhinoplasty corrects deformities caused by a previous operation on the nose.

The failure of rhinoplasty can mean bad result in the appearance and ⁄ or function. In such a case it may require the patient to undergo a secondary rhinoplasty (Revision Rhinoplasty).

When the aesthetic result is far from what was originally designed, then the operation is unsuccessful.

We consider also as failed the operation that harms the natural mobility of the face which is distinctive caracteristic of humans especially in their social life, such as laughter, frustration, weeping or smiling.

Sometimes it is so obvious that a surgery preceded in the area that it has to be corrected.

Also, clearly it should be noted that if after rhinoplasty, respiratory function is not normal, the revision is considered necessary and the initial surgery as particularly failed.

The operation

The general objectives of revision are the same as the initial operation but many times there are restrictions due to heavy burden from the first surgery. So while the discussion between surgeon and patient is obvious that plays a very important role in every rhinoplasty, in case ofrevision this role is even more important, because there are chances that the outcome desired by the patient is no longer possible due to the new situation in which the nasal backbone is.

The surgeon of the secondary rhinoplasty, unfortunately, sometimes regrets to set the bar lower and should clearly inform the patient about it.

Wanting to give an overview of the possible problems and possible interventions we will distinguish some categories:

  1. Removal of a smaller part of cartilage or bone in the first surgery, so usually we proceed to additional removal.
  2. Move cutting in the wrong place so usually repositioning or placement back into the correct position may solve the problem.
  3. Removal of a larger part of bone or cartilage, therefore required movement of the parts that are left in a new position, with fixation and support to cover the deficit or use of cuttings for the same reason.
  4. About the cuttings generally used in rhinoplasties, just to mention that we usually prefer to get them from the area of the nasal septum, if possible. Unfortunately in revisions many times is necessary to take the cuttings from the ear cartilage or cartilage from the sides, because the nasal septum is distorted, deformed or removed from the first surgery.


At rhinoplasty revision we can have from very few up too many stages, for this reason the duration can vary so much.

Below we relate many different possible stages. Each patient is unique and the appropriate combinations are selected depending the case

  1. Small incisions in both nostrils (not visible after the surgery) and in case of “open” rhinoplasty joining of incisions together at the bottom part of the nose
  2. Removing the nasal bone
  3. Straightening the nose (bone and / or cartilage part)
  4. Elevation of the bottom of the nose,tip of the nose (in “Fallen” nose)
  5. Forming the lower part ,that may include thinning, elevation, reinforcement etc.
  6. Reduction of all dimensions of the nose (in a “big” nose)
  7. Increase all dimensions of the nose (in a “small” nose) using cuttings
  8. Strengthening the lower part of the nose, where during vigorous inhalation we have the phenomenon of collapse
  9. Increasing the angle of the nose (as seen below) in case we have a very narrow nose (narrow inner valve) and nasal breathing difficulty
  10. Taking cuttings from the following areas in order of preference: nasal septum, other areas of the nose, ear, thoracic side
  11. Removing Scola (skewed) nasal septum or move it to the midline if necessary
  12. Reducing the size of the nostrils
  13. Suturing the incisions with absorbable sutures (in open rhinoplasty three tiny stitches are placed at the base of the nose)
  14. Placing soft capping inside the nose for one day
  15. Placing small splint on the dorsum of the nose for one week


Usually general and in some cases local anesthesia

Duration of surgery

The duration of the operation depends on the kind of problem. It can range from 45 minutes to more than three hours in cases where many cuttings are taken from other areas.

Stay in the clinic

Discharge 6 hours after surgery. In combination with other operations such as Uvulo-Palato-Faryngoplasty the patient leaves the clinic next morning.



Combination with other operations

If there are functional problems of difficulty in nasal breathing can be combined with straightening of the nasal septum and cauterization of concha and in this case we are talking about a functional revision rhinoplasty.

For treatment of sleep apnea and snoring can be combined with adenoidectomy, tonsillectomy, Uvulo-Palato-Faryngoplasty or excision of the uvula.

Instructions after surgery

  • Immediate mobilization of the patient after surgery
  • Removal of the light capping the day after
  • Special care for the internal of the nose by washing (with natural serum) and placement of ointments, 3 times a day for about a month.
  • Removal of slight internal packing of the nose (slight internal splint) a week after the operation, while in case there isn’t any splint placed, we place some special stickers-steristrip- on the back of the nose which we remove usually in 5-7 days
  • No painkillers required
  • Antibiotics only given as a precaution for 4 days
  • There is no sutures removal because they are internal and are being absorbed/rejected,while in the case of an open access three very fine sutures are removed simultaneously with the removal of the splint or steristrips.
  • Edema-swelling-and any bruising in the nose area is usually very small, and over a period of about two weeks they have subsided almost completely and the 80% of the result is evident.
  • In cases of small revisions there is basically almost no postoperative oedema and the final result is evident only 10-20 days after the operation.
  • In cases of big revisions a period of approximately three months is needed in order to reach almost all of the result while the strengthening of the nasal skeleton and the full results are shown in about a year.


Is the revision-rhinoplasty painful?

No. Exactly as in the first rhinoplasty by using the right surgical technique, pain after the operation is negligible, either we are talking about the first surgery or the revision one. Of course, the same stands for the removal of the inner packing, which using new methods proves to be very slight and the whole extraction painless.

When can a revision-rhinoplasty can take place after a failed first operation?

After about 9 months when the healing process of the first surgery is completed .

Does the sex really play a role in this?

Certainly.Exactly as in the first operation the aim is the same. The right operation makes women look more feminine and men more serious and attractive.

For how long does the swelling stay on the face?

If the intervention is very small there may not be hardly any swelling and / or bruising. If a bigger correction is needed, then as in the initial surgery swelling and little bruises are nowadays traced only in the area of the nose, they usually are very slight and within two weeks time they vanish.

After how much time are the final results of the revision obvious?

If the intervention is small – for exemple a small imperfection in the back of the nose (hump) - then the result is immediately apparent (the removal of the splint), almost in its entirety.

If the correction is bigger, thenas in the case of the initial intervention:after removing the splint, the difference in the shape of the nose is clearly visible, within about a week. In about a week’s time the swelling is rapidly being reduced having already 80% of the final results and in about 3 months we have the final look of the nose. After a year’s time the nose is strong, durable and the result final.

After how much time could be the functional result after the revision considered as final?

The next day of the surgery and after removing the inner pack without any pain the patient can normally breathe again. The result in the function of the nose is permanent.

When is the patient ready to leave the clinic?

The very same night, very rarely the morning after.

What kind of supervision does the surgeon retain after the surgery?

After the revision surgery, with the presence of the surgeon the inner pack, if there is any, should be extracted the next day, as also the removal of the external splint within a week.In case there isn’t any splint placed, we place some special stickers-steristrip- on the back of the nose which we remove usually in 5-7 days.