No one gets excited about the prospect of having a revision rhinoplasty, but sometimes a second surgery is the best option for fixing aesthetic and functional nasal issues caused or left behind by a primary rhinoplasty surgery.
A major and complex surgery such as revision rhinoplasty requires a great deal of research and preparation.There are three major preparation phases involved with revision rhinoplasty, and paying attention to the details can pay off following surgery. Here are some ways to properly prepare for your revision rhinoplasty consultations, surgery, and recovery.
Are You Ready for Revision Surgery?
Revision rhinoplasty is called for in the following instances, among others:
- Noticeably poor aesthetic outcome
- Nasal deformity
- Breathing problems
If you are considering revision rhinoplasty, take a step back first. Are you really ready for a second surgery? Before you start looking into meeting with surgeons, you should ensure that you:
- Are at least one year post-op from your primary rhinoplasty
- Have realistic expectations for your results and do not expect perfection
- Are financially and emotionally ready for a second surgery
- Are healthy enough for rhinoplasty
If you think you are ready to take the next steps toward revision rhinoplasty, then it is time to schedule your consultations with revision specialists.
Preparing for Your Consultations
There are some factors you can control in your surgery, and some you cannot. The most influential decision you will make regarding your revision rhinoplasty is your choice of surgeon. This is because the outcome of a revision rhinoplasty largely has to do with the surgeon’s skill. Sometimes, it is appropriate to go back to your original rhinoplasty surgeon, but do not default to this option simply for convenience or a bargain. Many surgeons specialize in revision procedures, and may be a good choice for your second surgery.
Once you have identified a few board certified, experienced revision specialists, it is time to start scheduling your consultations. Make the most of your consultations by:
- Preparing specific questions in advance
- Researching each surgeon carefully
- Having your medical history available
- Being honest about your medical history, medications etc.
- Knowing what you want to accomplish with revision surgery
Consultations are extremely valuable to you, allowing you to get to know prospective surgeons and ask questions about your specific case. Go to each consultation prepared so you can get as much information as possible.
Preparing for Your Surgery
Once you have chosen your surgeon, it is time to schedule the operation. Getting ready for your second rhinoplasty is essentially the same as preparing for your first surgery, but it is likely that you will not remember all the necessary steps involved with pre and post operative care.
Make sure you have written instructions on which medications and herbal supplements to avoid prior to surgery. If you are a smoker, you will need to quit in advance, usually several months before the surgery. This is particularly important for revision rhinoplasty, as optimal healing is necessary for a good outcome.
You should also avoid alcohol for several days prior to surgery. Typically, patients must not eat or drink anything 12 hours before surgery. Arrange a ride home for yourself following the operation, as you will not be able to drive yourself. It is helpful to have someone stay with you for at least a day or two after surgery.
Preparing for Your Recovery
When you arrive home from your surgery, you will not feel up to setting things up for your recovery. It is highly recommended to prepare your home before you go to the hospital or surgical center for your procedure. Here are some ways to prepare for your recovery.
- Take notes on your doctor’s instructions, read provided literature on recovery, and make sure you understand everything before the procedure
- Prepare a comfortable chair or your bed with enough pillows to keep your head elevated. You may want to use old sheets and pillowcases, and plastic coverings to protect your furniture as a precaution
- Have books, music, and other media at close hand
- Run any pressing errands prior to surgery
- Schedule time off work (about 2 weeks), even if you work from home
- Stock your refrigerator with healthy food, and consider cooking and freezing meals to last through the initial recovery period
- Write down your doctors’ numbers and have them nearby in case of complications
- Follow all instructions provided by your doctor
Nervous? Take Your Time
It is perfectly normal to be nervous about your revision rhinoplasty. After all, the procedure gets more difficult with each surgery, and paying for multiple procedures as well as facing the associated recovery is not ideal.
It makes sense to take your time and ensure you are setting yourself up for the best results possible. If you are looking for a surgeon with the skills and experience to help you reach your rhinoplasty goals, then come to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester(508-363-6500) or Stoneham(617-247-0033), MA for a consultation with board certified surgeon Dr. Stuart Bentkover.
Dr. Bentkover’s passion is rhinoplasty, and he has given many second-time rhinoplasty patients great results from this difficult procedure. For more information about revision rhinoplasty with Dr. Bentkover, call either location today to schedule a consultation.