Nose reshaping, or rhinoplasty, is a procedure that changes the shape of your nose. It can also help with some medical symptoms, such as nasal airway obstruction when combined with septoplasty. Most people who choose to have a rhinoplasty do so for cosmetic reasons.
Why get a rhinoplasty?
A rhinoplasty is typically performed when a patient is unhappy with the size, shape, or appearance of their nose. If your doctor has suggested a septoplasty to alleviate nasal airway obstruction related to septal deviation, this may also be a great opportunity to address any cosmetic concerns about the outward appearance of the nose.
What happens during a rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty surgery can be done using either an open or closed incision. During an open rhinoplasty, an incision is created in the columella, which is the structure between the nostrils. During a closed rhinoplasty, the surgery is performed through incisions made inside of the nose.
Depending on the goal of the rhinoplasty, the nose will frequently be reshaped by taking down any dorsal hump and/or reshaping of the nasal tip through any combination of surgical maneuvers. A thorough discussion will be made prior to any procedure to properly plan for which areas will be addressed.
During the healing process, the doctor will splint the nose for one week to support the nasal bones while they heal. No packing of the nasal passages is performed, avoiding the discomfort of nasal obstruction.
Your rhinoplasty technique will depend on your individual anatomy, health history, and aesthetic preferences.
Rhinoplasty Results and Recovery
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. You will need to take pain medication and use cold compresses to relieve discomfort. Make sure to also keep your head elevated during the days immediately following your procedure.
All surgical splints and sutures will be removed within a week of surgery. Speak with Dr. Dodde to learn when you will be able to return to work after your procedure.
All surgical procedures have some risk associated with them, not unlike driving in your car. Every effort will be made to minimize these risks to ensure the patient’s safety. Dr. Dodde’s meticulous attention to detail and experience assures that these risks are minimized.
Dr. Dodde will answer any questions you might have and discuss potential risks during your consultation.
Other Rhinoplasty Considerations
The nose is a primary feature on any face. That means that changing how it looks can have a large impact on a patient’s life. It is important to discuss all concerns beforehand and to keep expectations reasonable. Keep in mind that the majority of insurance carriers will not cover a rhinoplasty unless it is medically necessary.