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What's the recovery like after a revision rhinoplasty? is it similar to the original surgery? or does revision rhinoplasty take longer to recover from?

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Dr. Thomas Lamperti answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

The : The initial surgical recovery is usually similar to the original, but that depends a lot on what was done the first time and the approach used. The longer term swelling may take a bit longer to resolve compared with an initial rhinoplasty. If ear or rib cartilage is needed for the revision you may have some additional incisions to take care of as well.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. Benjamin Cilento answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

Hi : Hi revision rhinoplasty is a catch phrase for a whole host of different surgeries presumably designed to correct problems that occurred after an initial rhinoplasty... Therefore it is difficult to give you an exact timeframe... Simple tip work done through a closed approach may only be swollen for 2 weeks or so... But major reconstruction with rib or ear cartilage harvest, done through an open approach is likely to cause more robust swelling that lasts for 1-2 months..... I hope this helps... For more information on rhinoplasty and to see comprehensive before and after photos... Follow the link below...

Answered 10/12/2019

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Dr. David Sherris answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

Longer but similar: The actual swelling takes longer in major revision rhinoplasty, but the feeling during healing is the same. In minor revisions the healing may be quicker. If you need cartilage or bone harvested from other sites, like rib or ear then healing will also take longer. Speak to your surgeon related to your specific case.

Answered 10/4/2016

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Dr. Larry Nichter answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Rhino Revis Recovery: It all depends on the extent of your surgery - minor or major? Discomfort after rhinoplasty is controlled with oral medication and head elevation. The majority of swelling and bruising subsides over 2-4 weeks. Areas of sensitivity or numbness will slowly resolve; the tip of the nose will feel stiff but will improve over the first several months. Other temporary conditions may include some airw.

Answered 8/28/2013

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