Rhinoplasty, or nasal contouring surgery, is performed to improve the appearance of the nose and achieve facial balance with aesthetically pleasing lines without changing the patient’s natural identity. Rhinoplasty is also used to correct deformities resulting from injuries, as well as to “westernize” the oriental nose. Rhinoplasty is frequently performed in conjunction with procedures to alleviate breathing obstructions and sinus congestion from a deviated nasal septum.
Post-operative dressing consists of a tape and plaster splint worn for one week after surgery. A nasal packing is usually placed in the nose at the time of surgery and is removed in the office the following day.
In most cases, rhinoplasty is performed under a short general anesthetic, lasting from one to two and one half hours. Visible bruising and swelling is generally resolved within ten days of surgery. The entire healing process, however, requires nine to twelve months. At the end of this time, some patients may require minor “fine-tuning” to achieve the best possible results. These minor revisions can usually be done under local anesthesia in the office.
Patients with a bulbous nasal tip, severe traumatic deformity or a history of previous rhinoplasty are frequently treated with an “open” technique which leaves a 1/4″ visible scar that is all but invisible.