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The nose is one of only two body parts that never stops growing. This, combined with its central location, puts the nose at risk for becoming ill-shaped or out-of-balance. Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping, is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures among patients.
When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, rhinoplasty can reshape the nose to restore balanced and more flattering facial proportions.
What Can Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) Surgery Address?
A Bulbous Nasal Tip
One of the most common reasons that people seek rhinoplasty is to correct the appearance of a rounded or bulbous nasal tip. It can be unflattering to have a rounded tip, which can make the nose look too wide or too big. Rhinoplasty reduces the size and adjusts the projection of the nasal tip to restore facial harmony.
An Overly Large Nose
The nose is a prominent feature on the face, and when it is overly large, it can throw off facial proportions. Rhinoplasty improves the overall appearance of the nose by altering the size of the nose, straightening a crooked nose, and eliminating bumps on the nasal bridge.
A Deviated Septum
A deviated septum occurs when the nasal septum is crooked, making breathing difficult. This deformity can be corrected through septoplasty, which straightens the septum and addresses an obstructed airway. When your blocked nasal passages are opened, your breathing problems will be reduced.
What Will My Rhinoplasty Procedure Entail?
The consultation is an essential part of your rhinoplasty. Dr. Carpenter will precisely measure the structural elements that need modification and examine the condition of your facial structure to determine the best approach for your rhinoplasty procedure.
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Open rhinoplasty is the most common technique used by Dr. Carpenter and is typically performed for more extensive adjustments. An incision is made between the nostrils, and then the skin of the nose is pulled back to expose the defined structural elements of the nose. This technique allows for precise modifications and a predictable outcome following rhinoplasty.
For closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are made inside the nostrils. This technique is typically chosen for patients who need minor adjustments to their nasal structures. This technique produces no visible scarring.
What Are the Concerns With Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Your rhinoplasty recovery varies on a case by case scenario. Soft splints may be inserted inside the nose if extensive modifications of the nasal septum are performed. Some swelling is expected, especially if substantial changes were made to the nasal bone. Swelling diminishes over the first week or two but may persist for several weeks depending on the techniques performed. You should refrain from strenuous exercise until the swelling subsides and Dr. Carpenter clears you. Most patients can return to work within one to two weeks of the surgery.
Rhinoplasty scars are typically very minimal and easily concealable. The open rhinoplasty technique allows the scars to be well-hidden in the natural creases of the nose. The closed rhinoplasty technique produces no visible scarring since the incisions are made within the nostrils.
The average cost of rhinoplasty is $5,350, according to 2018 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
This price may vary greatly depending on anesthesia fees, surgical fees, hospital fees, and other procedures performed in combination.
Dr. Carpenter will provide post-operative instructions on how to care for your nose after surgery to ensure any discomfort is kept to a minimum. He may prescribe medications to ensure you have a smooth recovery process.
Frequently Asked Questions
You may be the right candidate for rhinoplasty surgery if your nose has fully developed and you have:
- An overly large nose
- A drooping, upturned, or enlarged tip
- A wide bridge
- Trouble breathing through your nose
You will see your redefined nasal features once the swelling subsides. It could take up to a year to see the full results, but the results from your rhinoplasty surgery will be permanent.
Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia. Your anesthesia options will be addressed during your consultation with Dr. Carpenter.