Nose Surgery

Also known as rhinoplasty, Nose Surgery improves the appearance and proportion of your nose, enhancing facial harmony and self confidence. Surgery of the nose may also correct impaired breathing caused by structural abnormalities in the nose.

Why Nose Surgery?

While the shape of your nose is usually the result of heredity, the appearance may have been altered in a traumatic injury or during prior surgery.

Rhinoplasty can correct:

  • Nose size, in relation to the other facial structures
  • Nose width, at the bridge
  • Nose profile, with visible humps or depressions on the bridge
  • Nasal tip, that is large or bulbous, drooping, or too upturned
  • Nostrils that are large, wide or upturned
  • Nasal asymmetry and deviation

Is Nose Surgery Right For Me?

Nose Surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. Surgery of the nose is a good option for you if:

  • Your facial growth is complete and you are a girl older than 14 or a boy 16 or older.
  • You are physically healthy
  • You have specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance

We specialize in:

  • In revision nasal surgery
  • Post traumatic nasal surgery and
  • Post traumatic nasal surgery defects.

Nose Surgery Procedure

Anesthesia

Medication will be administered for your comfort during the procedure. Choices include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Our skilled surgeons will recommend the best choice for your particular procedure.

Incisions

Surgery of the nose is performed either using a closed procedure, where incisions are hidden inside the nose, or an open procedure, where an incision is made across the columella, the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils. Through these incisions, the soft tissues that cover the nose are gently raised, allowing access to reshape the structure of the nose.

Reshaping the Nose Structure

Surgery of the nose can reduce or augment nasal structures with the use of cartilage grafted from other areas of your body. Most commonly, pieces of cartilage from the septum, the partition in the middle of the nose, is used for this purpose. Occasionally a piece of cartilage from the ear and rarely a section of rib cartilage can be used.

Correcting A Deviated Septum

If the septum is deviated, it is now straightened and the projections inside the nose are reduced to improve breathing.

Closing the Incision

Once the underlying structure of the nose is sculpted to the desired shape, nasal skin and tissue is redraped and the incisions are closed. Additional incisions may be placed in the natural creases of the nostrils to alter their size.

Recovery and Results

After your procedure is completed, a splint, internal tubes or packing will likely be placed inside your nose and a splint or bandages placed on the outside to support and protect the new structures during initial healing. Splints and internal tubes will likely support the nose as it begins to heal for approximately one week.

Our office will provide you with post-procedure instructions that may include:

  • How to care for your surgical site
  • Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
  • Follow up instructions

While initial swelling subsides within a few weeks, it may take up to a year or more for your new nasal contour to fully refine. During this time you may notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose as it refines to a more permanent outcome. Swelling may come and go and worsen in the morning during the first year following your nose surgery.

Although the results of nose surgery are usually permanent, cartilage may continue to reshape and move tissue that may change the outcome over time.

Be sure to ask questions: It’s very important to address any concerns you have with our experienced staff. All successful surgeries begin with open and honest communication between doctor and patient. Are you considering plastic surgery? Contact us to schedule a consultation and let us educate you about your options and the procedures available.

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