Rhinoplasty, surgery to reshape the nose, is performed to improve its appearance and proportion in relation to your facial features. It may also be done in conjunction with a procedure performed to relieve nasal airway obstruction, due to an internal deformity, called a septoplasty. The best candidates for rhinoplasty are those who are in good general physical and emotional health, desire an improvement in the appearance of their nose and have a clear, realistic understanding of the expectations and the limitations of the surgery.
At the initial rhinoplasty consultation, your goals and expectations about the rhinoplasty nose surgery procedure will be discussed in detail. The appearance and structure of your nose will be evaluated as well as the factors that can influence the procedure and its results. These factors may include any history of nasal trauma or breathing difficulties, the shape of your face, the thickness of your skin and your age. The different techniques for performing the nose surgery and the relative advantages and disadvantages of each will be discussed in detail. It is especially important to have a thorough understanding of the procedure and its limitations as your expectations are discussed.
Rhinoplasty Nose Surgery Procedure
Rhinoplasty is performed in our accredited in-office surgical facility on an outpatient basis. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia. The rhinoplasty procedure takes between 1-3 hours depending upon the extent of surgery. Rhinoplasty may be performed via a "closed" approach where all incisions are made inside the nose and non-visible or via an "open" approach where a small incision is placed on the columella (the skin between the nostrils). Other external incisions may be used if the shape of the nostrils is to be improved. The scars from these incisions are usually inconspicuous after several weeks. A small external splint helps to support and protect the nose for approximately 1 week after surgery.
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After Your Rhinoplasty Surgery
Swelling and bruising of the nose and around the eyes is to be expected after surgery, it will subside within 2-3 weeks. The splint and any external sutures are removed within one week. Most rhinoplasty patients can return to work within one week and resume normal activities within 2 weeks. Specific instructions will be given. Normal healing is a gradual process -- subtle changes will continue as minor swelling decreases. The final results of nose or nasal surgery may not be apparent until all swelling resolves, which can take as long as one year.
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