Saturday, November 4, 2017

Does revision rhinoplasty cost more?

Patients who are seeking revision rhinoplasty have to understand that their surgery is significantly more complex than someone having rhinoplasty for the first time. Any time someone has had rhinoplasty, especially open rhinoplasty, their is significant scar tissue that will surround the cartilaginous external framework of the nose. This scar tissue will envelop this remaining, operated, and residual cartilage and make it much more difficult to work with and shape. The nasal cartilage is less malleable and able to form the shape the surgeon desires. In addition, if septal cartilage was use during the initial rhinoplasty, their may not be sufficient septal cartilage remaining for grafting purposes for the revision rhinoplasty. Therefore ear cartilage or rib cartilage may be necessary. Lastly, the wound healing process is less predictable with revision rhinoplasty due to all the scar tissue. It is for these reasons that revision rhinoplasty is typically more costly than primary rhinoplasty. The more complex the nose, the more difficult the operation and the more expertise required.

Dr. Funk is a top revision rhinoplasty surgeon in Houston, Texas.