Revision Rhinoplasty, or revision “nose job”, refers to the surgical changes to a nose that has already undergone surgery in the past. Dr. Kim is skilled at correcting past nose jobs, but it’s important to understand the complexities. Revision rhinoplasty is much more complex, difficult, and less predictable compared to a primary rhinoplasty (having a nose reshaping for the first time).
Complications are frequently caused by too much or too little cartilage removal or failure of a surgeon to be knowledgeable of nasal breathing function. Many rhinoplasty surgeons ignore nasal breathing function for sake of improving the appearance. In some cases, the postoperative nasal breathing problems may be more distressing than the original cosmetic problem. Dr. Kim will work with you to address every possible treatment and outcome to help your look and function better.
Frequently Asked Questions
Men and women in good health, and some patients even as young as fourteen, seeking improvement in their nasal shape and/or function.
Rhinoplasty surgery is performed in an operating room under anesthesia for maximum patient comfort and best results. Dr. Kim’s rhinoplasty techniques vary and are tailored to each patient’s individual aesthetic needs. Incisions are made to be undetectable following surgery. Dr. Kim will determine which technique is best for you during a surgical consultation.
Patients are free to go home a few hours following surgery. Recovery may take up to two weeks. Swelling, bruising and discomfort are common during this time, but easily managed by keeping the head elevated, applying cold compresses around the eyes and nose, and by following postoperative instructions. Patients will have an external splint for the first week to aid in healing and reduce swelling. Dr. Kim speeds up her patient’s recovery time, and reduces bruising or swelling, by recommending oral vitamin C and arnica during the recovery process.