Your nose is the feature that can most easily throw your facial features out of balance. Basic breathing problems can affect your sleep, and quality of life. A nose that is misshapen or oversized can affect not just your appearance, but your self-esteem and confidence as well. A straight and proportional nose is widely associated with beauty, and today some simple steps can help to restore balance and symmetry to your appearance. It starts with a consultation.
Choosing Nose Surgery
The process begins with a conversation about your goals for this popular cosmetic surgery procedure. Do you want to diminish a bump, change the shape of the tip, or simply correct a breathing problem? Once we have established your aspirations, my technicians take photographs and we discuss the various options available. I explain how the nasal structures, including bone and cartilage, may be sculpted to reshape the nose, as well as the risks and recovery associated with each procedure. I also conduct a full evaluation of your nasal structures, both external and internal. (I am board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.)
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Once you are ready for your procedure, tiny incisions are made inside the nose, where they will remain hidden and invisible. In some instances, an incision is made in the area of skin that separates the nostrils to allow for greater exposure of the nasal structures. Bone and cartilage are either removed, augmented, or arranged to provide a new shape, and the angle of the nose in relation to the upper lip may be altered for a more youthful look or to correct a distortion.
All the incisions are closed after the procedure is complete, and a small splint is applied to the outside of the nose to help retain the new shape while you heal. Soft nasal supports are placed inside each nostril to help facilitate healing and better breathing.
After Your Nose Surgery
The splint will typically remain in place for five to seven days, and there may be some swelling and pain requiring medication. I recommend not to blow your nose for a week, and to use cold compresses that can help with the inflammation. Internal sutures are absorbable and do not need to be removed, but any remaining skin sutures and splints will be removed by me after five to seven days.
Rhinoplasty is a well-practiced and simple procedure that can result in lifelong changes. If you have been living with a face you cannot fully embrace and want to discover a life of increased balance and beauty, please do not hesitate to contact me today.