Why is revision rhinoplasty more difficult to execute than a primary nose job?
After a primary rhinoplasty, there is less cartilage and bone to work with in terms of reshaping the nasal structures, so it can be more difficult to effect improvements. Often grafts must be taken from another area of the body such as the rib or ear in order to compensate. Additionally, there is a lot more scar tissue to deal with in a revision procedure, which requires a high level of expertise and artistry to reshape. Finally, the surgeon must ensure that proper breathing is preserved, and in cases where a primary nose job has affected the person’s air passageways, more extensive surgery may be needed to correct these structural errors.
Does insurance pay for revision rhinoplasty?
Surgeries performed for cosmetic reasons do not typically receive approval from an insurance company. If you have trouble breathing through your nose, however, insurance may cover a portion of the revision procedure. You will need to check with your individual carrier to see what is possible.
What is the recovery time for revision rhinoplasty?
You will return to the office at 1 week post op to have your nasal splint removed. Most clients will take about 2 weeks off before they return to normal activities like work and exercise. Be sure not to wear heavy glasses on your nose until at least 1 month post op. A device can be provided that helps balance your glasses on your forehead, preserving results from your surgery while also allowing you to see well.