What Does Revision Rhinoplasty Do?
While cosmetic nose surgery is one of the most common of all plastic surgery procedures, it is also one of the more difficult cosmetic surgeries in that there are numerous situations that can arise resulting in a patient needing a revision to their original nose reshaping procedure. The problem may be related to breathing or irritation, or the patient may not be happy with the appearance of the nose. This often happens when a functional nose surgery (septoplasty) is done to improve breathing issues that may compromise the nose’s aesthetic appearance, or when a cosmetic nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is done to improve the appearance and breathing function is negatively effected. A revision rhinoplasty is designed to improve nasal-facial proportions or correct issues that may have arisen as a result of a previous nose surgery. Your revision rhinoplasty may include a variety of correction options from reducing the overall size of the nose to changing the shape of the tip or narrowing the span of the nostrils.
Your Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure
Revision nose surgery can be significantly more complicated because there may be scar tissue, tissue contracture and decreased cartilage from the first rhinoplasty. As one of the most accomplished Denver rhinoplasty surgeons and a board certified ENT surgeon, Dr. Slenkovich has a complex understanding of the structural and functional intricacies of the nose and many years experience performing rhinoplasty revision surgeries.
Dr. Slenkovich performs this intricate procedure on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Depending on the unique situation of each patient, Dr. Slenkovich uses either the closed or open method of rhinoplasty. During closed rhinoplasty, incisions are placed within the nose. However, most revision rhinoplasty patients require the open rhinoplasty approach. This method allows Dr. Slenkovich to carefully re-arrange nasal tissues and shape the bone structure to create beautiful, proportionate nasal contours. While most rhinoplasty surgeries are done to reduce the size or shape of the nose, occasionally the revisionary rhinoplasty procedure requires the addition of cartilage in the form of a cartilage graft where cartilage is taken from the ear or rib to supply additional structural support to the nose.
Trying to visualize what you will look like with after your revision rhinoplasty is challenging. Dr. Slenkovich utilizes 3D imaging and simulation as part of your consultation process. The simulation creates a 3D model of your face that Dr. Slenkovich is able to alter the image to show possible outcomes. This system takes the guesswork out of the equation by allowing you to see possible results you can expect from a rhinoplasty. This process also allows you and Dr. Slenkovich to clearly communicate your goals for your revision surgery, as well as realize any limitations of the procedure.
Revision Nose Surgery: Insurance and Financing
Insurance coverage for nose surgery depends on the purpose of the procedure. If rhinoplasty is performed to correct functional defects (such as a deviated septum or a broken nose), some insurances may consider reimbursement. However, if rhinoplasty is performed for cosmetic purposes (such as improvement of facial symmetry), patients typically have to pay out of pocket. Colorado Plastic Surgery Center is currently not accepting insurance patients. In order to help all individuals seeking revision rhinoplasty in Denver pay for this procedure, Colorado Plastic Surgery Center offers several convenient financing options.
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If you have previously had nose surgery and are concerned you need revision rhinoplasty, please contact us today to schedule a consultation with our Denver rhinoplasty surgeon, Dr. Slenkovich.