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Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose reshaping, is a procedure that changes the shape of the nose. It may also be performed for medical reasons, such as restricted breathing or congestion in the chest. Most people who choose to have a rhinoplasty do so for cosmetic reasons. The experienced staff at Plastic Surgery Arts of West Michigan can help you make an informed decision.

How Rhinoplasty is Performed

The surgery is performed through incisions made inside the nose. Depending on what the patient wishes to achieve, the nose may be built up with filler or tissue, or cartilage and bone may be taken away in order to reshape the nose. The skin is then put back over the nose structure. The doctor will splint the nose for support during healing. In some cases, the nasal passages may require packing.

Recovery After a Rhinoplasty

It is normal for the skin surrounding the nose and eye area to swell and bruise after surgery. This can last for up to two weeks and the patient will need to take pain relievers and use cold compresses to relieve the discomfort. The head should be kept elevated during the days immediately following the procedure.

Complications from Rhinoplasty

As with any surgical procedure, there can be complications from a rhinoplasty. Patients may experience bleeding, infection, skin breakdown, nasal blockage, septum injury or negative reaction to anesthesia. All of these symptoms should be reported to Dr. Ryan Dodde immediately if complications occur.

Other Considerations

The nose is a primary feature of the face, and changing how it looks can have a large impact on the life of the patient. It is important to discuss all concerns beforehand and to keep expectations reasonable. The majority of insurance carriers will not cover a rhinoplasty unless it is medically necessary.