A surgical technique used to bring balance to the face by modifying the shape, size and overall appearance of the nose.
- General statement: The nose is the center of the face, one of the most important focal points in facial aesthetics. A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to reshape and redefine the nose.
- Why? Noses come in all shapes and sizes. Some are too small others are too large. Some are narrow, some are wide, and others are crooked. If you have nasal features that are a concern then considering a rhinoplasty might be the next step for you.
- Are you a candidate? If you have nasal features that need modification then you may be a candidate. Also, if you have had prior rhinoplasty with unwanted outcome then you may be a candidate for a revision surgery. Rhinoplasty is one of the most challenging operations in plastic surgery so it will be a primary goal during the consultation to make sure the patient and surgeon are on the same page regarding the expected outcome.
- The procedure and recovery: An incision is made under the nose and inside the nose to expose the underlying structures. Sutures and sometimes grafts are used to help reshape the nose, and the bones of the nose are also often modified. Following the procedure you will have swelling and bruising. The surgeon will often place a splint over the nose to protect it. Swelling can persist for months following the surgery, however the majority of it will subside in a few weeks. Revisional surgery will not be considered for a year following the original rhinoplasty to account for the prolonged healing time and swelling.
- The results: The key to rhinoplasty surgery is devising a plan between the patient and surgeon to create a look that is appropriate and realistic to achieve. The goal will be to provide you with a nose you want, that balances your facial features, and improves the overall facial aesthetics.