Revision rhinoplasty is a specialized surgical procedure aimed at correcting issues from previous surgeries. Secondary or corrective rhinoplasty surgery can be necessary for patients to achieve satisfaction with their appearance or to address obstructions or other issues interfering with proper nasal function. At The J. Parry Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics in Ohio, our reconstructive plastic surgery expert, Dr. James Parry, specializes in revision rhinoplasty procedures. Read on as we delve into the reasons that patients seek corrective procedures and why choosing a qualified surgeon is vital for yielding the best possible outcome with revision rhinoplasty.

Why Experience Matters for Successful Revision Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is considered one of the most complex plastic surgeries. The need for a revision procedure most commonly occurs due to the initial surgery being performed by a surgeon who lacks training in facial plastic surgery and rhinoplasty. Dr. Parry’s extensive training in facial reconstructive surgery and experience in primary and secondary rhinoplasty will enable him to accurately evaluate the current issues, identify their probable cause(s) and then determine the best surgical approach to address the following concerns.

  • Aesthetic dissatisfaction: Issues such as asymmetry, an unnatural shape or visible scarring that is more pronounced than anticipated.
  • Functional issues: Breathing difficulties caused by the initial surgery; examples would be the formation of abnormal scar tissue that is obstructing airway passages.
  • Poor Cartilage Grafting: Poor grafting can lead to the aesthetic and functional issues recited above as well as others. One example would be visible protrusions or depressions along the bridge from grafts that are poorly shaped or unable to provide proper support.
  • Tissue die-off (necrosis): Nasal tissue is highly vascular, containing a dense network of veins that are vital to proper blood flow and efficient healing. Post-operative tissue die-off can occur if the blood supply is compromised during the initial surgery or from heavier tissue trauma due to poorly executed or incorrectly chosen surgical techniques.

Patient Factors That Can Contribute to Poor Rhinoplasty Outcomes

Achieving the best functional and aesthetic results from primary or secondary rhinoplasty involves a collaborative effort between the patient and the medical team. While our expertise ensures the highest standards of care, there are patient-related factors that can influence the outcome significantly.

  • Underlying medical conditions: An example would be undiagnosed diabetes, this chronic medical condition can impair the body’s ability to heal properly, increasing the risk of infection and poor healing.
  • Lifestyle factors: Smoking reduces blood oxygen and circulatory flow and should always be avoided while healing from any type of trauma or surgery. Due to the vascular density of nasal tissue, not smoking while healing from rhinoplasty is particularly important to support efficient healing. Proper nutrition and hydration are also important patient factors that contribute to an optimal result.
  • Not Following Aftercare Instructions: Following rhinoplasty, patients who do not receive and/or comply with personalized and detailed aftercare instructions may unwittingly contribute to an inferior healed result. Comprehensive post-operative care and monitoring are essential for timely interventive measures when needed.

Dr. Parry and his team are dedicated to helping patients minimize these factors through comprehensive preoperative screenings and customized post-operative care plans. Our commitment to patient education ensures that patients have realistic expectations about the recovery process and are fully informed about their procedure and how they can help to achieve a successful outcome.

Contact Us for a Consultation

Whether you are seeking information on primary or revision rhinoplasty surgery, we invite you to schedule a consultation to meet with Dr. Parry. The doctor is board-certified, and fellowship trained in both facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as otolaryngology for ear, nose and throat and head and neck surgery. To learn how Dr. Parry can help you achieve the results you deserve, schedule your revision rhinoplasty consultation at one of The J. Parry Clinic for Facial Plastic Surgery serving Cleveland or Columbus, OH.