Spectrum Plastic Surgery

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Rhinoplasty

Not being happy with an aspect of your appearance can really affect your self-esteem. Even though other people may not even notice, subtle improvements to that area can make a huge difference to you personally and make you feel better about yourself.

For many people, the feature that affects them the most is their nose. It is the central feature on our faces, and some of us are not very comfortable with the shape or size of the nose we were born with. Thankfully, we can look to rhinoplasty for an effective way of improving the harmony of our facial features.

What Is Rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure performed to correct, reconstruct, repair, or enhance the appearance of the nose. While it is most commonly done to improve the appearance of the nose, it can also be performed to repair nasal fractures and remove internal nasal obstructions.

Set Up a Rhinoplasty Consultation

Make an appointment to speak with our experienced plastic surgeons, regarding the rhinoplasty procedure. During your consultation, you’ll look at before-and-after photos and can ask any questions you may have. Contact us for a consultation, call (480) 948-8400.

 

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Rhinoplasty Recovery and Results

Immediately after the surgery, you will be monitored for a few hours before you are allowed to go home. There may be a degree of discomfort or pain, for which the surgeon will prescribe medication if required.

Nasal breathing may be limited for a few days due to swelling and the nasal support and packing. This will go back to normal as the swelling subsides and nose heals into its new shape.

There may be some swelling and bruising around the eyes, but it will subside within two to five days. Both the swelling and bruising can be minimized with the help of cold compress or ice packs. Any non-absorbing sutures will be removed in a week’s time. Splints and the nasal support/packing will be removed within five to ten days.

You will need to keep your head elevated as much as possible in order to minimize swelling. Blowing your nose, wearing glasses (whether prescription or for sun protection), and strenuous activities should be avoided until the nose has healed sufficiently.

Full results will be visible after a year, when the bruising and swelling have fully ameliorated and the nose has had time to heal and settle into the new shape. Rhinoplasty results are permanent.

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The Procedure

Surgical rhinoplasty is normally done as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. If required, patients can arrange to stay in the hospital overnight after the surgery.

During the surgery, incisions are made, through which the surgeon accesses bone and cartilage that support the structure of the nose. Incisions may be made inside the nostrils; this is a closed rhinoplasty. Another option is making an incision on the columella, the area of skin between the nostrils; this is known as open rhinoplasty.

After the incisions are made, the surgeon will reduce, augment, or adjust soft tissue, bone, and/or cartilage, depending on the patient’s functional and aesthetic goals.

When the reshaping and resizing is done, the soft tissues that go over the bone and cartilage are redraped and the incisions are sutured closed.

After the surgery, a small plastic splint may be placed on the outside of the nose. This serves to support the new shape as the nose heals, and it also helps to minimize swelling. Inside the nose, some soft nasal support may be placed, which will help to stabilize the septum and maintain the new shape.

 

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