Rhinoplasty is a type of surgery that is used to improve and mold the shape of the nose. This surgery can be used to change the appearance of the nose, improve breathing, or both. Rhinoplasty can change the size, shape, or proportion of your nose, correct birth defects, injury, or even breathing difficulty. Since every nose is unique, every surgery is custom-tailored to the specific anatomy and goals of the patient. The elite surgical team here at The Plastic Surgery Group takes many factors into consideration when devising their surgical strategy. Rhinoplasty is a challenging operation. The nose is a complicated 3D shape in the middle of the face and even the smallest change can make a major difference in the appearance and function of the nose. The intrinsic difficulty of this procedure makes it extremely important to choose a surgical team that knows the ins and outs of this delicate and noticeable procedure.
Training, reputation, and board certification are all factors to consider when searching for the right surgeon to perform your rhinoplasty. During your initial appointment, your surgeon will take your medical history, expectations, skin quality, and the strength of the cartilage supporting your nose all into consideration before qualifying you as a good surgical candidate. Managing expectations is one of the most challenging aspects of this surgery. The final result may not be fully evident for up to one year after surgery, so patience and compliance are key to your outcome. Mental preparedness is essential to this particular surgery.
So you’ve decided Rhinoplasty is something you’re ready to pursue. Take your time to choose your preferred surgeon and schedule a consultation to learn what to personally expect from this procedure. Be prepared to share your expectations during your visit but also realize your surgeon will share their insight as to the realism of your vision and advise you accordingly. Ethnic characteristics can be tweaked and refined but should be embraced as who you are and not severely altered. Plastic surgery is truly an art, and your surgeon will help you visualize what is realistic and appropriate.
Depending on the complexity of the procedure, you may have a small external incision at the base of the nose between your nostrils. Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, so you will go home after a brief recovery period. You will need to rest in bed with your head elevated to reduce swelling and bleeding during recovery. In most cases, a splint is taped to the bridge of the nose for support and protection and will remain for a week. You will see your surgeon multiple times after surgery, chronicling your recovery with photos from different angles.
Rhinoplasty is usually a surgery people contemplate for years before consulting a surgeon but can be one of the most rewarding psychologically. If you have considered having this surgery, call the elite surgeons here at The Plastic Surgery Group for your complimentary consultation. We can provide before and after imaging to most patients to help visualize their new look!