What is a Rhinoplasty?
Dr. Schalit performs rhinoplasty to reshape the nose. Appearance can be improved for those people who are dissatisfied with the shape and size of their nose.* Nasal reconstruction was one of the first cosmetic procedures ever developed and is among those most frequently performed today. Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure in which deformities of the nose are corrected by removing, rearranging or reshaping bone or cartilage.
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How is a Rhinoplasty Performed?
Nose Surgery is performed under General Anesthesia. In most cases involving a reduction in the shape or size of the nose, angle or removal of a hump, the skin of the nose is separated from the underlying skeleton of bone and cartilage. The bone and cartilage are then reshaped and the skin re-draped over the surface. Patients who have a deviated septum may benefit by correction of this problem. The incisions are placed inside the nose unless the surgeon uses an open approach, in which case the incisions are made across the tissue between the nostrils. In cases where the nostrils flare, the surgeon may make an incision at the junction between the nose and the skin of the upper lip to narrow the flared appearance.
Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
You’re a good candidate for this surgical procedure if you’re unhappy with the shape and size of your nose, or you’ve had trouble breathing as a result of your nasal passages. You should be a healthy nonsmoker or at least plan on quitting at least two weeks before the procedure.
What are Typical Results of a Rhinoplasty?*
Results from a rhinoplasty procedure include a new nose shape and size that provides more facial symmetry and balance. Patients should also experience improved breathing. Rhinoplasty results are long-lasting.
What Kind of Post-Operative Rhinoplasty Care Can I Expect?
The recovery takes one to two weeks. Most people resume their light to normal activities within two weeks. Following surgery, a lightweight splint is applied to maintain the new shape of the nose. The splint is removed within 7-10 days. Light packing is inserted at the time of surgery to protect the septum and left for the first 24 hours post-op. There is always some stuffiness of the nose, especially when work has been done on the nasal septum.
Pain is minimal and is controlled with medications. Bruising may occur around the eyes but begins to fade within a few days. Discoloration usually disappears in two weeks.*
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*Individual Results May Vary