The nose is one of the most prominent features on our face. Most individuals feel the size, shape, and alignment of it can complement or take away from the overall look of the face. A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves the permanent reshaping of the nasal structures. It is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed. Rhinoplasty uses state-of-the-art techniques that require extensive experience and knowledge of anatomical considerations and functional limitations. If you’re unhappy with your nose, keep reading to learn more about the rhinoplasty procedure.
What is a Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty involves reshaping the bones and cartilage in the nose to achieve better functionality and improve the overall balance of facial features.
Who are the ideal candidates for the procedure?
There are no clear-cut answers to this because, in reality, there are a finite number of times you can safely alter the nose. Yet, even small changes can pack amazing results and restore confidence. In general, if you are unhappy with your nose, it’s always worth having a consultation with our surgeon to get an expert’s recommendations.
What does the procedure involve?
In the initial consultation, pre-operative analysis allows the surgeon to assess your goals and examine your nose structure. Together, we will form the safest plan for your treatment goals. It is performed as an outpatient procedure while under anesthesia. Once complete, a splint is usually placed on the nose for one week.
The nose will be noticeably swollen for several days, along with some bruising. It may take some time before all minor traces of swelling disappear. However, significant improvement can be seen by the time the splint is removed after surgery.
What is the recovery time?
Rest for the first week is strongly recommended. After splint removal, more sedentary jobs can be resumed at that time. An additional 2-3 weeks may be necessary for more physically demanding jobs.
What are the risks and limitations?
Some anatomies limit the extent to which a surgeon can make changes. While these may alter overall goals, they shouldn’t discourage anyone from coming in for a rhinoplasty consultation. There is always some level of risk associated with any surgery. The surgeon will review all the risks before the procedure. Infection, post-operative nose bleeds, and numbness are some risks associated with rhinoplasties.
All rhinoplasties are performed by our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Don Lewis. Dr. Lewis specializes in achieving each patients’ individual goals for their nose. To learn more about this procedure and additional benefits, schedule a consultation today. Call us at (210) 728-3923, or book online here.