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. If you are unhappy with the shape, size, or appearance of your nose, the experienced staff at Plastic Surgery Arts of West Michigan can help you make an informed decision.
How Rhinoplasty is Performed
Rhinoplasty surgery can be done using one of two techniques: an open or closed incision. During an open rhinoplasty, an incision is created in the structure between the nostrils, AKA the columella. During a closed rhinoplasty, 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.
The rhinoplasty technique used will depend on your individual anatomy, health history, and aesthetic preferences. Dr. Dodde will discuss this with you during your consultation.
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. All surgical packing will be removed within a week of surgery, and the splint and bandages will be removed within 10 days. When you can return to work or school depends on the activities required of you.
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.
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.
If you are interested in learning more about rhinoplasty surgery in the Grand Rapids, Holland, and Saugatuck, MI areas, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dodde.