Revision Rhinoplasty

The delicate and complex nature of the nasal scaffolding makes cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose incredibly challenging. The nose is comprised of tiny bones and cartilage structures, and when rhinoplasty results are flawed or a reshaped nose becomes damaged, proper surgical revision requires a focused skillset that only a small number of plastic surgeons possess. Our Kansas City facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons, J. David Kriet, MD and Clinton D. Humphrey, MD, have specialized training and extensive experience in both revision rhinoplasty and nasal reconstruction techniques. Their advanced skill and expertise makes them uniquely qualified to accurately evaluate problematic rhinoplasty results, develop customized surgical strategies, and perform corrective rhinoplasty procedures with precision.

Benefits of Revision Rhinoplasty

For those patients whose initial rhinoplasty surgery failed to achieve or maintain the desired results, our facial plastic surgeons offer the possibility of revision rhinoplasty surgery. Patients consider undergoing corrective rhinoplasty for a number of reasons, which may include the following:

  • The original cosmetic concerns were not resolved or improved by the first rhinoplasty
  • Breathing complications were not corrected or were exacerbated by the primary procedure
  • The results of the initial rhinoplasty changed over time
  • The nose became injured or re-injured following previous surgery
  • Aesthetic displeasure with the outcome of the primary rhinoplasty

If there are any cosmetic, structural, or functional aspects of your nose that you would like to change from a prior rhinoplasty procedure, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons to explore your options for successful revision.

The Revision Rhinoplasty Consultation

During your consultation, Dr. Kriet or Dr. Humphrey will perform a thorough examination of your nose to assess what was accomplished in your previous rhinoplasty, evaluate your areas of concern, and determine whether revision rhinoplasty can achieve your desired outcome. If correction is possible, your surgeon will begin to develop an individualized surgical plan that addresses your needs. Common goals in revision rhinoplasty may include:

  • Improving nasal symmetry and proportions
  • Repairing functional disturbances
  • Restoring nasal structure
  • Creating a more natural-looking result

The Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure

The exact details of your revision rhinoplasty surgery will vary depending on the nature of the adjustments being made to your nose. In some cases, cartilage grafting from either your rib or ear may be necessary to rebuild nasal structure. In all cases, Dr. Kriet or Dr. Humphrey utilize surgical methods and techniques designed to deliver an optimal outcome. Compared to primary rhinoplasty surgeries, revision rhinoplasties take a longer time due to the complexity of the procedure; however, both are usually performed as outpatient procedures under general anesthesia.

Recovery After Revision Rhinoplasty

The precise length of your recovery is typically determined by the extent of your surgery, though most patients return to work and regular activities within one to two weeks of their procedure. Swelling and bruising will also dissipate during this time; however, minor swelling can, in some cases, last for up to a year.

Revision Rhinoplasty Results

Patients who seek the expertise of our facial plastic surgeons for revision rhinoplasty are pleased to have chosen Dr. Kriet or Dr. Humphrey to perform their procedure. If you are considering revision rhinoplasty and would like to learn more about the results you may be able to achieve, we invite you to schedule a consultation. At this time, you can talk at length with one of our surgeons about correcting your nose.

Contact our practice to schedule a consultation for revision rhinoplasty with Dr. Kriet or Dr. Humphrey.