Revision Rhinoplasty Overview
Revision rhinoplasty is a term to describe a nose surgery procedure to correct problems or deformities that are the result of a previous rhinoplasty. There are many reasons a rhinoplasty may fail to produce the desired results, but in any case it can be an exceptionally traumatic event to face. Dr. Manish H. Shah is a specialist in revision rhinoplasty in Denver, CO. His fellowship at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital in New York City, allowed him to work with his mentor, Dr. Tabbal, one of the best revision rhinoplasty surgeons in the world. during this fellowhips, Dr. Manish Shah was able to learn many advanced techniques to help patients with postoperative nasal deformities. Revision rhinoplasty makes up at least 30% of the rhinoplasty operations he performs each year. Revision rhinoplasty is generally considered the hardest procedure amongst all cosmetic surgeries. This is due to the fact that once a nose has been operated on, there are multiple soft tissue types that are now scarred. Skin, mucosal lining, cartilage, fat, and bone are all damaged in the process of performing the initial rhinoplasty, plus blood supply to the nose is altered and is usually diminished.
Revision Rhinoplasty Reviews
"Best Experience So Far - Denver, CO - I went to Dr Shah after much web searching, and I am so happy and lucky to have found him! I have had two rhinoplasties done in New York, by two different doctors, both with bad results. My nose has never been straight, but nobody explained to me exactly what was going on, how asymmetrical my face was, how the left side of my face is smaller and tighter and it's pulling the nose with it, and how the cartilage has a memory of going back to how it was. So I was very unhappy with my nose, especially after going thru 2 surgeries.Dr Shah has reviewed my records and my history prior to meeting with him, and we talked at length about the anatomy of my nose/face, what the plan for surgery is, what my expectations should be after. He took all the time I needed to understand the entire process, and not only he is very professional, bright, but friendly too, very pleasant and personable. He never pushed anything on me, like some other doctors do. He answered all my questions, he made me feel very comfortable, and post op he checked regularly on me, even texted me from his cell phone!!!! My experience with him was amazing. His staff is also incredible, and I'm talking here about Brenda, so nice and caring and accomodating each time. I am very happy with the results, I have more confidence than before, and I can take pictures from either side of my profile :-) . I still see Dr Shah, now for Botox injections, and he is a master at that too! I would recommend him to anyone."- S. / RealSelf / Sep 01, 2016
"Consultation Review: Great consultation! - Great consultation for revision rhinoplasty with Dr. Shah. He was very knowledgeable, informative and friendly. He seemed like he really loves doing rhinoplasty and wants to help me fix the issues I am having. I emailed him with a question and he personally wrote me back. That gave me the impression that he will work alongside me to help me and be there to answer my questions/concerns for my..."- S.R. / RealSelf / Sep 04, 2017
"Great consultation for revision rhinoplasty with Dr. Shah. He was very knowledgeable, informative and friendly. He seemed like he really loves doing rhinoplasty and wants to help me fix the issues I am having. I emailed him with a question and he personally wrote me back. That gave me the impression that he will work alongside me to help me and be there to answer my questions/concerns for my..."- S.R. / RealSelf / Sep 04, 2017
"Dr shah and his staff are everything! I had revision rhinoplasty done with Dr shah , and it was life changing! I'm more confident, i don't have to run from the camera anymore, and i feel good about myself! But Most importantly my nose is functioning properly! I went years without being able to breathe and was constantly congested, but not anymore! The congestion i have now is nothing compared to what i was previously going through, and i know its only uphill from here. I needed a Dr to care and most importantly listen to my needs and Dr shah did all of that and more. couldn't have picked a better surgeon!! ????"- G.O. / Google / Dec 25, 2017
"Passing Happiness on to Others - Yes....I have had quite a battle with the appearance of my nose. I was bit by a dog at the age of 2. This injury damaged me to where my nose never grew a bridge and my nostrils were uneven. I discovered Dr. Shah through a google search, scheduled an appointment, and from my first few minutes in his office I felt that I was in the right place. Not only is his staff polite, kind and attentive,..."- T. / RealSelf / Aug 20, 2018
Revision Rhinoplasty Surgical Technique
Full Rhinoplasty Revision
When the initial rhinoplasty results in unsightly features, it can be difficult for the plastic surgeon to revise the initial surgery. Open rhinoplasty is the ideal technique because it allows the doctor access to the nose’s supporting framework, and corrects the internal structure of the nose as originally intended. It may involve re-cutting and reattaching the cartilage or bone. It may even need skin, tissue or fat grafting to make sure the aesthetic intent is achieved. The peeled skin will be draped back, and a nose splint or packets may be provided to aid with healing.
Similarly, secondary rhinoplasty may be necessary to adjust minor issues from the initial surgery. It may be a case of slight unevenness or misshapen contours. In these cases, the first surgeon is often the one who will perform the touch up as the procedure is less complex and typically involves minor techniques, such as slight shaving of the bone, augmentation or reduction for volume issues. The results from minor revision rhinoplasty are mostly satisfying.
Revision Rhinoplasty During/After Surgery
Oftentimes, damaged cartilage will need to be virtually rebuilt from scratch to create the new nasal skeleton. Sometimes, too much cartilage was removed at the first surgery and now needs to be put back to fix the nose and improve its support. To build a new nasal skeleton, graft material, or cartilage, may be harvested from one of three areas of the body: the nasal septum (septal) cartilage, ear (conchal) cartilage, or the rib (costal) cartilage. In extreme cases, Dr. Manish Shah has taken split calvarial (skull) bone to rebuild noses. These particular cases require the use of titanium hardware to fix the bone in place. There are pros and cons to the use of each of these materials, which should be discussed between the patient and Dr. Manish Shah. In some cases the damage may be too severe so synthetic tissue may be used instead. Various synthetic tissues include silicone, e-PTFE, and Gore-tex. Another possibility is that all of the above materials may be used, both the natural and synthetic. If at all possible, Dr. Manish Shah prefers the use of natural materials over synthetic ones. They are less likely to cause long term complications like infection, rejection, skin erosion, palpability, capsular contraction, and malposition. The soft tissues of the nose are prone to inflammation after having plastic surgery. The inflammatory changes result in scarring that increases the stiffness of the tissues. When patients have had several revision rhinoplasty surgeries, it can make the plastic surgeon feel like they are operating on cement. It can take much longer just to remove all the scar to see what the “normal” anatomy looks like. When scar that is obstructing function has to be removed, new tissue in the form of skin grafts or mucosal grafts may need to be used. Due to all these various reasons, revision rhinoplasty takes much longer to perform in the operating room. Postoperatively there is a longer recovery time also. Recovery time might be anywhere from 6 months to 2 years depending on the severity of the damage and the health of the skin.
Revision Rhinoplasty Blog
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Revision Rhinoplasty FAQs
Better or Worse?
Revision procedures can be really complex since there is always the possibility of a worse outcome. It is extremely important to find a revision specialist who has years of experience with this particular treatment. It is critical for the surgeon to understand what went wrong with the initial surgery to be able to shape it into the intended surgical plan. This involves manipulating the internal structures of the nose and resetting the wrongly placed elements.
In cases when there is loss of cartilage or bone, it will be harvested from other parts of the body – the ribs for example. The grafted bone or cartilage will make up for the reconstruction of the internal framework of the nose. However, this is only likely in severe botched cases, which accounts for a small rate of rhinoplasty procedures.
The most important thing for revision rhinoplasty patients to understand is that each time their nose gets operated on, the outcome of a “perfect” nose becomes harder to achieve. Dr. Shah advises to be patient and have realistic goals. The lesson is that it is best to get it right the first time. But that is not always possible. If you need revision rhinoplasty in Denver, Colorado, make sure you see a rhinoplasty specialist like Dr. Manish H. Shah.