Rhinoplasty is one of the most common surgical procedures and is used to repair or reshape the nose. Through this procedure, a surgeon can make the nose larger or smaller, straighten the bridge, reshape the tip, narrow the opening of the nostrils or change the angle between the nose and upper lip. It can also be used to correct defects resulting from trauma or birth and may be used to help individuals with breathing difficulties.
A rhinoplasty procedure can change the size, width and profile of your nose. It can smooth out depressions or bumps on the bridge and fix an imperfect nasal tip if it is too large, droopy or curves upward. Large or wide nostrils may be reshaped. Rhinoplasty is a common and safe procedure, but there are risks inherent with any surgery. These include infection, bleeding, pain, bruising, swelling, numbness, nasal asymmetry, skin contour irregularities and perforations in the nasal septum.
Surgery is performed using either a local or general anesthetic. It typically takes an hour or two, but the procedure may last longer when more complex restructuring is required. An incision is made, usually inside the nostrils, and the nose is either reduced or augmented using cartilage from other parts of the body. If a deviated septum needs to be corrected, it is straightened during the procedure. Once the nasal structure has been reshaped, the incisions are closed, a splint is place to help support the nose as it heals.
Most patients return home the same day although more complicated procedures may require a brief hospital stay. You’ll be asked to rest in bed immediately after the surgery, keeping your head elevated to reduce swelling and bleeding. Dressings are usually removed after a week. You may experience puffiness in the face and minor bruising for a few days while you heal. Rhinoplasty usually offers permanent results though it may take up to a year for these to be fully noticeable.
To discuss a specific procedure and determine if you are candidate, your surgeon will need to evaluate your bone structure and skin type before proceeding. Contact our office at 337-266-9820 to schedule a consultation.