What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, often referred to as nose surgery, can correct both medical and aesthetic nose problems, enhancing one’s facial features and balance. Many patients inquire about rhinoplasty for aesthetic reasons such as to improve nose size, width, profile issues such as depressions or humps, asymmetry, and sometimes the tip of the nose.
During rhinoplasty, incisions are made just inside the rim of the nostrils. A short incision also may be made between the nostrils. The soft tissues are gently lifted and the underlying cartilage and bone are reshaped. The procedure is performed under general anesthetic to allow the patient to sleep throughout the procedure for maximum comfort and generally takes up to two hours. Most patients can resume normal activities one week after surgery with swelling gone within three weeks.
Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is most commonly performed in patients between the ages of 18 and 50. In general, men and women that are generally healthy and non-smokers are ideal candidates. We prefer to wait until the nose and face are done growing before performing surgery.
Our surgeons spend significant time listening to their patients and establish shared realistic expectations of the outcome of the surgery through a unique operative plan to address each patient’s individual goals. Each treatment plan can include a range of services, both surgical and non-surgical, to address our patients’ goals.
The initial consultation with one of our facial plastic surgeons will include:
- A discussion of goals and expectations for the procedure. A surgeon will review options to develop an individualized surgical plan that will balance goals, anatomy, and the current techniques that are available.
- The care team will review what to expect before and after the surgery, including the risks and anticipated benefits to the procedure. Any medical issues that might affect the procedure’s outcome are carefully reviewed.
Patients are encouraged to ask questions and discuss concerns during this visit.
How do I get started with my Rhinoplasty?
Schedule an appointment with Facial Plastic Surgery by calling us at (206) 341-0158.