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    Old 12-26-2004, 11:39 PM   #1
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    Revision Rhinoplasty - healing period

    I will soon have revision rhinoplasty as my original one have left me with the scooped out nose. Now I believe the surgeon will place an implant (cartilage) to correct it. I am curious to know what is the healing period like and how long will it last? What will I have on my nose after operation and how long will that be there? Curious to know how much time I need and how soon I can get back to work. I'd appreciate your answers if you know.

     
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    Old 12-27-2004, 10:07 AM   #2
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    Re: Revision Rhinoplasty - healing period

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    I will soon have revision rhinoplasty as my original one have left me with the scooped out nose. Now I believe the surgeon will place an implant (cartilage) to correct it. I am curious to know what is the healing period like and how long will it last? What will I have on my nose after operation and how long will that be there? Curious to know how much time I need and how soon I can get back to work. I'd appreciate your answers if you know.

    Who is your doctor? MOst of the swelling goes down 3-4 weeks. It continues to go down for some time after, they say up to a year. But in my experience, you'll have somewhat of a good idea after the cast comes off.

     
    Old 12-27-2004, 07:40 PM   #3
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    I will do procedure overseas in my home country as I have absolutely no faith left in the doctors that are here. I know I am stereotyping but I'd say 90% of the doctors here could give a ****** about you and care only about money. Their expertise is also questionable and so on...There are of course good ones but you better look hard to find them.
    My whole experience was just horrific.
    Did original rhinoplasty was 5 years ago where surgeon basically destroyed my bridge and left me with the scooped out nose. I am a male and to do this to a guy is just amazing. I was devastated after the surgery asked for correction any way possible. You can just imagine how emotionally unstable one can be after a result like that. You all know the thoughts that are going through your head at that time. Horrible. In addition, I was not informed how such things are corrected and back then there wasn't much information about revision rhinoplasty. I wanted a correction as soon as possible. Same doctor decided to go for a quick fix and basically put a silicone implant to correct this. At that time I thought that must be the way how these things are corrected. I was happy with the outcome. Don't get me wrong. Nose was far from good looking but at least it did get back the strength in the bridge section. 4 years later(year ago)...the silicone protruted and had to be taken out. Subsequently I learned that silicone is not the the way to go and is usually fixed with cartilage from your ear or in few other ways.
    After the implant was taken out I almost thought that I might not need anything as the nose was swelled and had some strength to it. But now after the swelling is gone, I am left with original result and would like to do something about it.

     
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    If they're going with cartilage, they'll probably either get it from your ear or or your rib. I would try to find someone who uses ear cartilage cause rib cartilage has the potential to warp. Revision on men isnt as difficult as it is on women cause men can have a bigger nose and it corresponds with masculine features. If I were you, I'd find a very qualified revision specialist and go for it. You'll be useless for about 10 days and it can be on the more expensive side. You'd be able to go back to work in 2 weeks for sure, maybe some minor brusing and swelling. And yeah, synthetic materials always have to come out, at least from everything I've read.

     
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    Re: Revision Rhinoplasty - healing period

    hello everyone,
    i will be having a revision rhinoplasty jan 25, first one was done 21.5 years ago! i will be 40 in a few weeks
    i am wondering in what country you will have yours done v22031. i am in germany and will have mine done here by an ENT surgeon. i think ( and hope ) i have found a competent one....at least i have decided to trust him...
    i hope to read more replies to your thread, possibly by people who have undergone revisions.i really look forward to reading personal experiences.
    take care,
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    Old 12-28-2004, 05:10 PM   #6
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    I am from eastern europe and my doctor is someone who was recomended to me by many friends who are actually in medical field and know him. I got to know him and I do trust him now.
    It doesn't matter where you go but you must pick your surgeon carefully. Look for references, experience and make sure he/she cares. These are delicate things and there is no place for error.
    I honestly question if my surgeon who did original surgery was drunk when he performed rhinoplasty. I honestly can't explain this result any other way.

     
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    Re: Revision Rhinoplasty - healing period

    I had revision rhinoplasty recently. My surgeon was Richard Ellenbogen, and he did a fantastic job. My previous surgeon (who actually enjoys a very good reputation) had taken a bit too much off, so Dr Ellenbogen used a small silicone implant and some cartilage from my ear to build the tip and dorsum. He did not use packing. (Try to find a surgeon who uses a closed procedure, which eliminates the external appearance of scars and also makes for a quicker healing process.)

    Everyone is different, and my pain threshold is relatively high, but I was up and about after the first day, and I felt great, if a bit stuffed up. The bandages came off after 7 days, so for me, the worse part of recovery was not being able to go out for a week, and the boredom that results.

    That being said, let me reiterate that everyone is different. How well your first day of recovery goes also depends heavily on the anethesiologist. Your nose may or may not hurt much afterward, but nausea (at least for me) is the greater of the evils as far as I'm concerned. (Dr. Ellenbogen used a brilliant anesthesiologist and so I luckily felt no nausea.) If you had cartilage taken from your ear, expect it to be sore.

    I don't want to paint too rosy of a picture, but this was my experience, and I consider myself fortunate for it, having been through the opposite with my original rhino doc, who performed an open surgery with slightly longer recovery times, packing, nausea, et al.

    Bear in mind that revision rhinplasty is one of the more difficult cosmetic surgical procedures, so a surgeon who specializes and/or has extensive experience in revisions should be sought out.

     
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