Which has more swelling? Primary surgery or removal of implant and grafts?

Q: 2.5 months post op after open rhino. Goretex on dorsum and nasal septum was harvested for tip height and added ear cartilage for projection. I am planning to have all these removed since I don’t want anymore unnatural implant on my nose but scared of what it will look like after. Its ok if it will just go back to pre op structure or better but I hope not worst than my original nose. Will there be more swelling after removal compared to what I experience during primary? Hope its swells less.

A: The synthetic implant on the bridge of your nose can be removed with minimal swelling, but removing the septal and ear cartilage grafts from the tip of your nose will create significant swelling.  After revision surgery, the nose will take longer to heal and for the swelling to fully resolve.

About Donald B. Yoo, M.D.

Dr. Yoo is a board-certified surgeon, fellowship trained in facial plastic surgery with extensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He specializes in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation surgery (including blepharoplasty and facelift), and Asian cosmetic surgery (including Asian rhinoplasty and Asian blepharoplasty/Asian eyelid surgery). His office is located at: 120 S Spalding Dr Suite 315, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-275-2467.
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