The goal of rhinoplasty is to reshape the nose to make it more in balance with the rest of the face. The focus may be on removing a large bump, straitening a crooked nose, or internal work to make breathing easier.
Male rhinoplasty is a different procedure than female rhinoplasty because the appearance of the male nose is generally larger, sharper and less upturned than a female nose. Sometimes the chin or cheeks is also addressed at the same time as rhinoplasty to achieve symmetry and balance. Our goal is to give you the nose you want, so bringing in details of an ideal nose to you will help your consultation go smoothly.
Computer imaging may also be a part of your consultation so we can give you some idea beforehand of what is possible with rhinoplasty. Factors that influence the final results after rhinoplasty include the structure of your nasal bones and cartilage, the shape of your face, the thickness of your skin, and your age.
Nose (Rhinoplasty) Surgery Procedure
Rhinoplasty can either be done ‘open’ or ‘closed’ and this refers to the incision placement. If the incision goes across the columella, it is considered an ‘open’ procedure. If the incision goes inside the nostril, it is considered a ‘closed’ procedure. Your surgeon will discuss which option is best for you after hearing your specific desires. A typical rhinoplasty addresses the bones, the cartilage over the spine of the nose, the tip cartilages, the septum, and the nostrils, but there is not a standard rhinoplasty procedure. Each procedure is custom designed to address your own concerns to get you the look you want.
Nose (Rhinoplasty) Recovery
Rhinoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure, and you will have dressings and a splint in place for one week after surgery. These are removed around 7 days and sutures are removed during this same appointment. Depending on the rhinoplasty procedure you had, your surgeon may ask you to continue wearing the splint at night after the procedure to minimize the chance of anything shifting in the immediate postoperative period. The majority of swelling will go away over the first few weeks, but a final rhinoplasty result is not seen for a year postop. The nose is delicate after surgery and no strenuous or contact activities should be undertaken for weeks to months after surgery.
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