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Dr. Kristina Tansavatdi: Rhinoplasty Revision Specialist  

Patients seeking revision rhinoplasty in the Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks, CA area need look no further than Dr. Kristina Tansavatdi. As a double board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with extensive experience performing facial plastic surgeries of all types, including rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Tansavatdi has the ability to improve the appearance of your nose. 

Expert revision rhinoplasty

With a narrow margin for error and an often unpredictable recovery process, even a highly experienced rhinoplasty surgeon will have patients who require a revision every now and then. If you’re unhappy with the results of your first cosmetic nose surgery, rest assured that you are not alone. It’s normal to want to seek the help of a surgeon to correct your remaining concerns, and you shouldn’t feel like you need to live with results that you aren’t happy with. Many surgeons, such as Dr. Tansavatdi, specialize in revision rhinoplasty and can work with you to get the nose you really want. If you’re seeking revision rhinoplasty in the Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks area, Dr. Tansavatdi is the ideal surgeon for you.

Why get revision rhinoplasty?

The transformation of your face, appearance, and confidence after your initial rhinoplasty can be a powerful and positive experience. Your nose is a key component of facial symmetry and balance, and finally having a nose that complements your features can make you feel like a whole new you.

On the other hand, the unhappy results of a poor rhinoplasty surgery can also be seen in your mirror every day. Rhinoplasty is one of the most challenging cosmetic procedures, and even a millimeter of difference between the two sides of your nose can be seen by the naked eye.

Also, as changes to the nose continue to evolve over time, such minor imperfections can become very noticeable.

Those who seek revision rhinoplasty often do so to correct a badly-done nose job, or to improve their breathing. Sometimes after a first rhinoplasty, the nasal structures become weak, and this causes breathing issues. Other times, the first rhinoplasty was performed well, but perhaps the patient did not obey the recovery instructions and therefore never allowed their nose to heal properly or their unique healing process resulted in significant scarring that created asymmetries in their nose.

Is revision rhinoplasty safe?

Any revision surgery is always much more difficult than the initial surgery, when there was no scarring to deal with and natural, pristine structures were present. For example, revision surgery after over resection of the cartilage framework of the nose can require obtaining additional cartilage from elsewhere on the body (like the ear or rib) to repair the damage.

A rhinoplasty surgeon who also specializes in revision surgery, such as Dr. Tansavatdi, will have the knowledge to prevent these problems from occurring. Revision rhinoplasty is safe when performed by an experienced and highly trained professional.

If you're interested in a revision rhinoplasty, contact Dr. Kristina Tansavatdi to schedule your consultation and discover how she has changed so many lives with her skills and artistry. Call (805) 715-4996 or contact us online. Serving Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Simi Valley, Malibu, Calabasas, Camarillo. 

What makes revision rhinoplasty different?

It may seem like a revision rhinoplasty is essentially the same as a primary rhinoplasty. After all, they both aim to change the shape of the nose using surgical techniques. However, the approaches used between your first rhinoplasty and your revision rhinoplasty can in fact be very different. Most importantly, your revision rhinoplasty surgeon must be able to work around the changes from your first surgery. This may include:

  • Finding and re-opening the same small incisions to minimize scarring
  • Working with less skin or cartilage tissue
  •  Manipulating scar tissue
  • Using cartilage grafts or fascia to add volume where too much was removed
  • Returning structural support to your nose so you can breathe better
  • Ensuring that the satisfactory components of your results remain in place

What can Dr. Tansavatdi accomplish with revision rhinoplasty?

With revision rhinoplasty patients, Dr. Tansavatdi’s goals are to:

  • Improve the aesthetic appearance and functional component of the nose beyond the improvements that were attained during the primary rhinoplasty.
  • Correct aesthetic or functional concerns that have arisen after the healing process from primary rhinoplasty.

Your revision rhinoplasty consultation

If you are interested in a revision rhinoplasty with Thousand Oaks surgeon Dr. Tansavatdi, she will first meet with you for an in-person consultation to discuss what bothers you about the appearance of your nose, and to evaluate any problems with breathing.

As a board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and a board certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Tansavatdi has the unique training and experience to provide a thorough and qualified professional opinion about both aesthetic and functional aspects of the nose and nasal passageways.

After this evaluation, she will be able to determine what surgical options are available to ensure your results closely mirror your expectations. She may also review the limitations of revision rhinoplasty or discuss the pros and cons of particular approaches.

Dr. Tansavatdi prioritizes her patients’ safety, and always ensures that you have the information you need to make informed decisions about your surgery. She is always happy to answer questions, direct you toward educational resources, or help you understand more about the surgical process.

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Who is a good candidate for revision rhinoplasty?

If you’re in the Thousand Oaks or Westlake Village area and you’re interested in a revision rhinoplasty procedure, you may be a great candidate. Ideal candidates should be in good overall health and should be at least 1 year post-op from their first rhinoplasty. (Exceptions may be made for patients who show clear imperfections or complications.) A good candidate will also have a clear picture of the desired appearance of their nose. The most common reasons that patients seek a revision rhinoplasty are either the aesthetic or functional results of their primary surgery. They may also have concerns that were discussed before their primary rhinoplasty but were not addressed by their original surgeon. Some common scenarios include:

  • Your primary rhinoplasty results are not what you expected
  • Your primary rhinoplasty results healed poorly
  • Scar tissue or other trauma from your primary rhinoplasty is causing problems with breathing
  • Your primary rhinoplasty did not adequately correct your breathing problems
  • You still have visible nasal asymmetries that were not addressed during your primary rhinoplasty

How is revision rhinoplasty performed?

In most cases, revision rhinoplasty uses the open rhinoplasty technique with a small incision on the underside of the tip of your nose. Some patients already have this scar from their previous rhinoplasty, and the same incision can be used to prevent further scarring. This technique gives Dr. Tansavatdi the most access to your nasal structures and the greatest level of precision and control over your outcomes. The open rhinoplasty incision is especially necessary for patients who have concerns about the tip of their nose.

For some patients, additional scar formation can be avoided with a closed revision rhinoplasty technique that uses only incisions on the inside of the nose. This is most common when the bridge of the nose is the client’s main concern, or if the patient has a history of problematic scar tissue formation.

If there are problems with breathing or with nasal structure support due to tissue loss from the previous surgery, cartilage may be harvested either from within the nose or from your ear and grafted to build up the support framework. In rare cases, cartilage or bone may need to be harvested from distant sites such as the ribs. You will be kept comfortable during the procedure with either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with mild sedation. 

Dr. Tansavatdi will perform your revision rhinoplasty according to the surgical plan that you have both agreed upon, using the incisions and techniques that she has discussed with you beforehand to ensure you know what to expect from your results.

Once she has finished making alterations to your nose structure, Dr. Tansavatdi will carefully close the incisions and apply surgical dressings to the nose and face. These dressings will protect the wounds and minimize swelling and should be kept in place for about one week, until Dr. Tansavatdi removes them at a follow-up appointment or until otherwise directed in your recovery instructions.

Dr. Tansavatdi performs revision rhinoplasty at our accredited outpatient facility or at a local hospital. After spending an hour or two in a monitored recovery room post-op, patients can return home the same day as their surgery. Patients will need a designated responsible adult present at discharge who can transport them home and remain with them for at least the first 24 hours after surgery. Recovery progress is carefully monitored by Dr. Tansavatdi and her team via follow-up appointments and regular check-ins.

Revision rhinoplasty tailored to your unique needs

Accomplishing an ideal revision rhinoplasty outcome requires great attention to detail, a keen understanding of nasal structures, the ability to identify the problem with the primary rhinoplasty, and an artist’s eye for facial symmetry. If you are pursuing a revision rhinoplasty in the Westlake Village or Thousand Oaks area, you should strongly consider Dr. Tansavatdi. Her expertise in both primary and revision rhinoplasties ensures that she can achieve great results on a nose that has already undergone plastic surgery.

Dr. Tansavatdi will detail a customized revision rhinoplasty plan for your unique needs, and she will review it with you to make sure that you both share a clear picture of your predicted surgical outcome. Each plan is different for each patient. Revision rhinoplasty, in particular, is a highly customized procedure that takes into account both the specifics of your previous surgery and your aesthetic goals.

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Recovery from revision rhinoplasty

The recovery process after revision rhinoplasty varies from patient to patient, depending on the techniques that were used to provide the desired changes to the nose. Most patients should expect swelling, bruising, and discomfort to resolve in about two weeks. We recommend taking at least 7 to 10 days away from work or other daily responsibilities to avoid overexertion that can cause complications.

The first phase of revision rhinoplasty recovery can be sped up by keeping your head elevated, applying cold compresses around your eyes and nose, and by closely following Dr. Tansavatdi’s post-op instructions. Most discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications, and Dr. Tansavatdi may prescribe pain medications in certain cases. An external splint, tape, and any sutures placed at the time of surgery are removed after one week.

Once the initial swelling has resolved, your aesthetic results will continue to settle and become visible over a few months. The final outcome from revision rhinoplasty is typically achieved within 12 to 18 months after surgery. Some minimal changes, such as variations in sensation or scar visibility, may continue to occur for up to two years. Dr. Tansavatdi is always available to talk or meet with you should you have any concerns in the weeks, months or years following your revision rhinoplasty procedure.

Contact Westlake Village revision rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Tansavatdi

Revision rhinoplasty is one of the most challenging cosmetic procedures, both from a technical standpoint and in terms of meeting patient expectations. It should be performed only by a meticulous, skilled plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in nasal and facial surgery. Dr. Tansavatdi is board certified in both otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery and regularly performs both primary and revision rhinoplasties. She strives to deliver the attentive care, clear communication, and personalized results needed for such a delicate procedure. When you meet with Dr. Tansavatdi, she will help you understand the plan of care based on your needs, risks, and candidacy, and will be transparent about both benefits and limitations of revision rhinoplasty. She and her team will guide you every step of the way on your journey to an improved appearance. For more information about revision rhinoplasty in the Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks area, please call (805) 715-4996 or contact us online. 

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