While a dissatisfying outcome in nasal cosmetic surgery is possible even in the most skilled hands, more commonly it comes from the hands of the occasional nasal surgeon. Revision rates with inexperienced physicians have been reported to be as high as 20%.
The decision to have a revision surgery can be a difficult and often emotional one. Dr. Kolstad believes in approaching the procedure as your partner. He works with you to ensure that all of your concerns are discussed and that he clearly understands your goals. Dr. Kolstad believes that those seeking revision surgery need to be advised honestly about what they can expect.
Dr. Kolstad’s analytic approach distinguishes him from his colleagues. He believes in a customized approach that is specific to the way that your nose will harmonize with your face.
Dr. Kolstad learned his technique from one of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in the world. He spent an entire year in New York working exclusively with one of the world’s premier Facial Plastic Surgeons.
“You do not learn plastic surgery from a book or by watching a video. You learn to become the best by working with the best.”
Revision nasal surgery is more challenging than primary rhinoplasty for several reasons. Patients that have had a previous surgery will have scar tissue which increases the complexity of the procedure.
During the first nasal surgery distorted cartilage is typically removed to reshape the nose. Consequently, during revision rhinoplasty the cartilage needed for reconstruction is no longer available. Borrowing cartilage from the patient’s ear or rib may be required to restore nasal form and function.
Dr. Kolstad prefers an open approach to the nasal framework. With this technique, incisions are primarily located inside of your nostrils, with only a small incision placed across the columellar skin, the vertical strip of tissue between your nostrils. When sutured together properly, this incision heals so well that only you and your facial plastic surgeon should know its there.
The open approach allows for a direct view of the nasal structures leading to a more predictable result. Dr. Kolstad will use cartilage from your septum, (possibly ear or rib in revision cases) to enhance the definition of your nose and to provide support.
You can choose to reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip.
Dr. Kolstad will evaluate the structure of your nose in relation to the shape of your face, the thickness of your skin, your height and your age. He will work with you to try to make your nose complement your other facial features.
Frequently Asked Questions
It takes two to three weeks for the majority of swelling to be reabsorbed from your nose. As the swelling is removed, your nose will become more contoured and the definition will enhance.
It is very important to choose a plastic surgeon that specializes in operating on the face. Dr. Kolstad is an expert in nasal cosmetic surgery and is known as the face specialist, because put simply, that is all he does.