Complex Nasal Reconstruction
There are various reasons a complex nasal reconstruction may be necessary: malignancy, trauma, congenital factors, or adverse outcome from a previous rhinoplasty. A complex nasal reconstruction is a surgical procedure that will correct the defects and deformities of the nose. Every complex nasal reconstruction is different; depending on the severity of treatment needed it may require a total nasal reconstruction (rebuilding the entire nose), hemi-nasal reconstruction (rebuilding half of the nose), or a nasal revision (restoring parts of the nose).
In some cases it may require multiple stages of tissue harvesting from other areas of the body, including: cartilage, bone, fascia, and skin. To help minimize the appearance of scarring it may be necessary to also use ancillary maneuvers, such as: lasers, dermabrasion, and facial fillers. Our physicians recognize the complexity of the nose and understand the importance of the nasal appearance. They work individually with each patient, customizing the procedure to their needs to ensure the nose is reconstructed properly.
Every complex nasal reconstruction procedure varies depending on the amount of correction needed. A complex nasal reconstruction may need to be performed in stages; it may take 3 to 4 months to complete.
Areas of Use
A complex nasal reconstruction procedure is designed to repair the areas of the nose where a defect or deformity has occurred.
Every complex nasal reconstruction is specific to the patient’s personal needs and in some cases may be performed in stages. The recovery period may vary between 7 to 10 days before a patient can return to their regular daily activities. It may take 6 to 8 weeks before a patient can return to strenuous activity; such as running or lifting weights. There will be dressings and splints on the inside and outside of the nose for about a week. Patients may experience some stuffiness of the nose, swelling of the nose and face, sore throat, headaches, nausea, and a moderate amount of pain during the healing process. Patients will be given oral medications to control the pain, nasal sprays to keep the nose moistened, and antibiotics during healing.
Duration of Effect
The results from a complex nasal reconstruction procedure may vary due to the extent of reconstruction performed. In some instances the results may last forever. However, results may vary depending on the patient’s skin type and texture. A follow up with a physician and the surgeon should be done yearly.