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How soon after my original rhinoplasty surgery can I have a revision? - Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian

Timing a revision rhinoplasty procedure after swelling has decreased?


The telltale manifestation of an initial rhinoplasty is the mild swelling that may persist for up to one year after nasal surgery. This swelling and nasal cartilage and scar tissue remodeling is a key feature when planning a revision rhinoplasty surgery.  In practice, plastic surgeons will tend to wait approximately nine months to one year after initial rhinoplasty surgery in order to schedule a revision rhinoplasty.  The complexity of the initial problem will determine the exact length of time before proceeding to a revision rhinoplasty.  Much of the timeliness of the revision depends on the complexity of the problem that needs to be corrected during revision rhinoplasty.  Often minor problems with the nostrils or hanging columella can be addressed in early stage as they may result from under resection or over resection of the cartilage.  These features will likely require less time from the initial rhinoplasty surgery to the revision, whereas refinement of the nasal tip may necessitate a longer period before revision. 


Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a trusted expert in rhinoplasty surgery in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.  He performs complex nasal reconstruction for cosmetic improvement of the nose as well as medical improvement in breathing during revision rhinoplasty. 


During your consultation with Dr. Karamanoukian, he will determine a key aspect of the nose that will need revision.  Dr. Karamanoukian will also recommend a treatment plan that incorporates cosmetic and medical features of the nose, as well as the timing of surgery after your initial rhinoplasty.  If you have questions about revision rhinoplasty surgery and how long after initial rhinoplasty before proceeding to a revision rhinoplasty, please schedule a rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Karamanoukian to discuss your patient specific option.  Our Los Angeles plastic surgery patient care coordinator can facilitate your consultation.  The office can be reached at 310-998-5533.


Raffy Karamanoukian, MD FACS

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

1301 20th Street, Suite 240

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: (310) 998-5533

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