Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) is a surgical procedure done to reshape and add contour to the nose. This procedure can be cosmetic or reconstructive in nature, and is done to increase or decrease the size of the nose, change its shape, or repair damage and deformities resulting from injury. The changes made to a patient’s nose would depend on his or her facial features, the issue that needs to be corrected, and the skin on the nose. In some cases, the bones may need to be modified, or implants need to be put in place, depending on what the patient wants to change and what the surgeon feels needs improvement in order to get satisfactory results.

What to Expect During Rhinoplasty

Patients who are about to undergo nose surgery is given a general anesthetic to put them to sleep for the duration of the procedure. The length of the surgery depends on what needs to be done. Having this surgery in conjunction with a facelift or other cosmetic surgical procedures can also affect the time it takes to complete.

Once the anesthesia has taken effect, the surgeon will then proceed to make the incisions. The surgeon may perform an open or closed surgery depending on the extent of the correction to be done. The decision to use either of the two techniques should be discussed by the surgeon and the patient ahead of time, preferably during the consultation session. When the incisions are made, the skin is separated for the bone and cartilage that supports the bone. This framework is then shaped and sculpted and in some cases, implants may be put in place. The skin is then put back in its place and any excess skin or tissue will be trimmed away before setting it with sutures. A splint is put in place to maintain the nose’s new shape and should be left in place for several days. A patient can be discharged after he or she has recovered from the anesthesia. Post-operative instructions will be given and this should be followed strictly for quick and proper healing.

Nose surgery is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed by plastic surgeons, but prospective patients should still be careful and aware of the risks involved. The best way to ensure satisfactory results is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon with a good track record with this type of procedures. If you’re interested in rhinoplasty (nose surgery), feel free to contact us and schedule a consultation with one of our experienced and highly regarded plastic surgeons for more information.

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