Rhinoplasty, or nasal surgery, is one of the most common procedures performed today. It can reshape, reduce or augment a person’s nose to achieve facial harmony and boost self-confidence. It may be performed as a reconstructive procedure to correct a birth defect or an injury such as a broken nose.
Rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery) may be performed for functional rather than cosmetic reasons as well.
Rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery) is an excellent procedure for achieving the following:
The best candidates for rhinoplasty (nasal surgery):
Rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) is usually an outpatient procedure performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia.
Doctors use one of two techniques when performing nasal surgery. In a closed rhinoplasty (nasal surgery), incisions are made within the nostrils. In an open rhinoplasty, the incision is made across the columella, the tissue between the nostrils. With both methods, the doctor gently lifts the soft tissues covering the nose. He or she sculpts the bone and cartilage to the desired shape. Any additional cartilage needed to augment the nose can often be taken from the septum.
If the patient has a deviated septum, the surgeon will adjust the septum and the inner structures of the nose to improve breathing. Then the tissues are re-draped and stitched closed. If the patient desires nostril reshaping, this is done as the final stage of rhinoplasty (nasal surgery).
For a short time after surgery, patients may experience puffiness, nose ache or a dull headache, some swelling and bruising, bleeding or stuffiness. Most patients feel like themselves within two days and return to work in about a week.
The results of rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) become gradually apparent as the days pass after surgery and swelling recedes. Swelling may reappear from time to time in the first year after the procedure. It is typically more noticeable in the morning and fades during the day.
Patients with realistic goals for rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) are generally very happy with the new shape of their nose. The exact results depend on the patient’s nasal bone and cartilage structure, facial shape, skin thickness and age.
Complications associated with rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) are rare and, when they occur, minor. These may include infection or a nosebleed.
To learn more about rhinoplasty (nasal surgery), please call (302) 998-8007 today to schedule a consultation.