What is Rhinoplasty (nose surgery)?
Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is one of the oldest and most popular cosmetic procedures in the US. Rhinoplasty is very effective in changing the shape and size of the nose as well as making repairs to the nose structure to correct any deformities that disrupt the normal function of the nasal pathway. Some patients who have an undesirable nose contour find that this causes much distress and has a significant effect on their self-esteem.
Nose surgery is such a complex surgical procedure and Dr. Timothy Jones has devoted his years of practice specializing in this discipline. He is double board certified in Plastic Surgery and Otolaryongology and has over 2 decades of experience in performing rhinoplasty and nasal surgery. Dr. Jones is also an active member of the Rhinoplasty Society and is recognized by all of his peers in the practice for his exemplary skills in this field.
Benefits of Nose Surgery
A rhinoplasty can provide very dramatic improvements in patient’s appearance and improves the nose’s functionality. A rhinoplasty is designed to enhance and create harmony between all the parts of the patient’s face. It is done so that all the elements will complement each other and result to a more pleasing appearance.
Nose surgery will benefit patients who have a prominent bump in the nose, those with a wide nasal tip, those with drooping nasal tips, patients with wide nostrils, those with crooked nose, large noses, and those with an undesirable nose shape. Once a patient reaches 14 to 17 years old, they can be candidates for a rhinoplasty because their facial skeleton is fully matured when they reach this age.
Rhinoplasty Before & After
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Nose Surgery Procedure
Your initial consultation with Dr. Jones will comprise a review of your medical and surgical history to determine if you are fit for a rhinoplasty.
There are two methods for performing a rhinoplasty: open and closed. Dr. Jones will choose the appropriate procedure for each individual patient. In closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made within the nostrils. In open rhinoplasty, an incision is made across the tissue between the nostrils. With both methods, the soft tissues covering the nose are gently lifted, and the bone and cartilage are sculpted to the desired shape.
Nose surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general or local anesthesia. The entire rhinoplasty procedure will last between one to five hours depending on the complexity of the alterations to be made.
After surgery, the patient’s nose and eyes are usually bruised and swollen. Splints will remain inside the nose for a few days. It is normal for patients to experience some nasal pain or a dull headache, as well as some bleeding and drainage from the nose. Most patients feel like themselves within a few days and are able to return to regular activities in about a week.
During recovery, the rhinoplasty patient should avoid strenuous activity and exercise. Patients should be gentle when brushing their teeth and blowing their nose to avoid putting pressure on the area.