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Revision rhinoplasty patients in the Toronto area who are unhappy with the results of a previous surgery can rely on Dr. Richard Rival, a specialist in these complex procedures. Whether you didn't achieve the cosmetic results you had hoped for or you have developed a breathing issue after your initial rhinoplasty, Dr. Rival can use his expertise to find a solution.

If you live in the Toronto area and want to find out whether revision rhinoplasty may work for you, request a consultation with Dr. Rival or call us toll-free at 1-866-229-FACE.

Results That Speak for Themselves

Dr. Rival is a facial plastic surgeon whose results are a testament to his experience and technique. Browse our photo gallery to see more of Dr. Rival's actual patients.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

What Is Revision Rhinoplasty?

Revision, or secondary, rhinoplasty encompasses any procedure performed to deal with problems that occurred following an initial rhinoplasty surgery. Those issues can range from being fairly minor to more complicated internal problems that cause difficulty breathing.

Dr. Rival has an extremely high success rate for initial rhinoplasty surgeries and very rarely sees his own nose job patients return to his Toronto practice. However, because of his expertise, he sees many revision patients who had their initial surgeries at other practices. It's important to see a specialist for a revision procedure because it is more complicated than the original nose surgery. Multiple surgeries can change the nose's normal anatomy, and revision rhinoplasty involves carving out nasal structures encased in scar tissue that forms after the initial procedure.

Dr. Richard Rival

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Dr. Rival

Board-certified in Facial Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology, Dr. Rival devotes his practice exclusively to enhancement of the face and neck, with a focused specialty in rhinoplasty.

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Reasons for Revision Rhinoplasty

The specific reasons that patients come in for revision surgery after one or more nose jobs vary widely and include both aesthetic and functional concerns. You may be seeking revision rhinoplasty if you have:

  • A leftover hump
  • A pinched tip
  • A "pollybeak" deformity from a buildup of scar tissue
  • Over-removal of tissue from your initial procedure
  • Asymmetry
  • A breathing concern

Dr. Rival's experience as a revision rhinoplasty specialist allows him to assess the specific problems caused by the previous operation and devise a custom surgical plan to correct those issues.

Your Revision Rhinoplasty

To accurately gauge the necessary corrections, Dr. Rival recommends that patients wait until a year after the initial surgery before undergoing a revision procedure.

Because the issues leading to revision surgery vary, so too does Dr. Rival's surgical approach. Sometimes a surgeon removes too much tissue during the prior surgery, requiring Dr. Rival to rebuild the nasal structure using grafts (pieces of cartilage either from the nasal septum, ear, or rib). In most case, Dr. Rival prefers to use the patient's own cartilage, but some patients may be better candidates for synthetic implants or even injectable fillers such as Restylane® or RADIESSE®.

For other patients, Dr. Rival may need to remove more tissue or cartilage if the previous surgeon was too conservative, or he may take steps to correct asymmetry. Regardless of your concern, he will take an approach that leads to the natural-looking results you wanted from the start.

Learn More About Rhinoplasty Procedure

Because he is a rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Rival maintains a specialty website all about the rhinoplasty procedure. Visit www.rhinoplastytoronto.ca for more detailed information on nose surgery.

Recovery After Revision Rhinoplasty

The recovery following revision rhinoplasty is similar in many ways to the experience after your initial operation. The nature of the correction needed and the extent of revision performed are factors that could influence the duration of your recovery and your comfort level.

The same postoperative instructions provided by Dr. Rival to his primary rhinoplasty patients apply to revision patients. They include:

  • Resting as much as possible for the first 24 hours
  • Applying cold compresses for the first 2 to 3 days
  • Sleeping with your head elevated for at least a week
  • Remaining upright at all times and avoiding bending over
  • Refraining from blowing your nose
  • Keeping bandages dry

As with your primary rhinoplasty procedure, the full results of revision rhinoplasty usually take a year to be completely revealed. This is especially true when extensive work is performed on the tip of the nose. Dr. Rival talks to each patient about having realistic expectations and understanding that each person recovers at their own rate.

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