Revision rhinoplasty procedure may be performed by a cosmetic surgeon if the primary surgery could not accomplish the patient’s aesthetic goals in a satisfactory manner or led to some other aesthetic or functional complications. In most cases, the revision procedure will be more complex than primary rhinoplasty, and will take a little more time for recovery.
At the time of initial consultation, the plastic surgeon will discuss the estimated recovery time and other issues. The recovery period will also be determined by a few other factors such as the patient’s natural ability to heal and how closely the patient follows the post-operative care instructions of the surgeon. Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey provides revision rhinoplasty to patients in Atlanta, GA and surrounding locations.
The cosmetic surgeon will strongly recommend the patient to have someone accompany them to surgical center for the revision rhinoplasty procedure. In most cases, the patient can return home the same day, but they should have someone to drive them back home.
Due to the lingering effects of anesthesia or sedation, the patient will not be permitted to return on their own. For the first one or two days after the surgery, the patient should arrange for a friend or family member to stay with them to assist with the daily chores. If the patient has little kids or pets to look after, they may consider hiring additional help for a few days.
Tips for Faster Recovery
Recovery time can be reduced if the patient follows the surgeon’s instructions carefully during the post-operative phase. They should drink plenty of fluids and keep hydrated as much as possible. A diet rich in lean proteins should be taken to support faster healing.
Cold compresses can be used in the first two or three days to minimize swelling. Smoking, blood thinning medications, and vigorous exercises must be strictly avoided in accordance with the surgeon’s recommendations for a safer and faster recovery.
First 48 Hours
The first 24 to 48 hours will be the most difficult part of the revision rhinoplasty procedure. The plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medications to keep the patient comfortable. Lingering effects of anesthesia will disappear completely in about 24 hours. Other common concerns during the first 48 hours will include:
- Conspicuous swelling in the incision areas
- Pronounced bruising
- Mild headaches
The face will feel puffy, the nose may ache, and bleeding from the nose may occur. In the first 48 hours, the patient should take special care not to blow the nose in order to ensure safe healing of the internal wounds. Dedicated plastic surgeon Dr. McCluskey receives patients from Atlanta, GA and nearby areas for revision rhinoplasty.
Recovery Over Two Weeks
Sutures as well as the nasal packing and splint will be removed in about one week to 10 days after revision rhinoplasty. Most patients can return to their normal activities or go to work in about 10 to 14 days. Side effects are usually mild and will dissipate on their own in about two weeks.