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The nose plays a very prominent role in the appearance of the face. It’s interesting how a well-proportioned, symmetrical nose often goes unnoticed. Instead, what we see is an attractive face with features in aesthetically pleasing harmony with one another.
For some of us, however, the nose just seems “out of place,” too large or too small for the face. For others, a past injury or birth defect has left the nose crooked or asymmetrical, perhaps even causing breathing difficulties. A strong bump or prominent nostrils can also detract from facial harmony.
If you are unhappy with your nose, a rhinoplasty procedure tailored to your unique goals may provide a solution to achieve a beautiful nose that complements your natural characteristics.
Rhinoplasty can address a myriad of cosmetic and functional issues and is broken down into three general types of procedures: cosmetic rhinoplasty, functional rhinoplasty, and revision rhinoplasty. At your consultation, our rhinoplasty specialist will listen closely to your concerns and explain your options to achieve your goals.
If your nose seems too large for your face, rhinoplasty can remove excess cartilage and sculpt the nose to achieve the size and shape that is in harmony with your features. A wide nose bridge can also be narrowed to achieve a more flattering contour. Another common reason patients have rhinoplasty surgery is to get rid of a bump for a straighter nose. By removing excess cartilage and reshaping the tip, your surgeon can achieve a straighter, more naturally refined shape.
In addition to these improvements, rhinoplasty can also help lengthen the tip of a small nose, rotate upwards a drooping tip or de-rotate an upturned nose to reduce the visibility of prominent nostrils.
Nasal breathing difficulty can be caused by a variety of structural conditions including a deviated or crooked septum, weakened nasal cartilages, or injury to the nasal bones and cartilages. Functional Rhinoplasty is a procedure used to correct nasal structural abnormalities that cause narrowing of the nasal passageways making it difficult to breathe through the nose.
Sometimes problems or dissatisfaction can occur following an initial rhinoplasty procedure. Revision rhinoplasty is a secondary procedure that aims to improve upon previous rhinoplasty results or is performed to help correct nasal problems such as difficulty breathing following initial rhinoplasty.
If your nose seems too large for your face, rhinoplasty can remove excess cartilage and sculpt the nose to achieve the size and shape that is in harmony with your features. A wide nose bridge can also be narrowed to achieve a more flattering contour.
Who is a good candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Patients considering a rhinoplasty to improve the appearance and/or function of their nose should be in good general health and have a realistic understanding of what can be accomplished with the procedure. During your initial consultation, your Belcara Health Rhinoplasty specialist will discuss your concerns, goals, medical history, and expected result with you and determine the best treatment plan to meet your needs.
What is involved in Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Nasal surgery is tailored to a patient’s individual goals and anatomy. Typically, surgery takes 1 to 3 hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure. Rhinoplasty is done on an outpatient basis, usually with moderate sedation or general anesthesia. Rhinoplasty incisions vary depending on what needs to be done. Most commonly, a small incision is placed on the columella and just inside the nostril. These incisions provide access to the internal framework of the nose where cartilage is sculpted to achieve the desired size and shape. The septum may be trimmed to correct droopiness or realigned to correct breathing problems. Nasal bones may be realigned if they are too wide or crooked. A splint will be placed on the outside of the nose and possibly on the inside as well, to protect the temporarily delicate, nasal structures.
Where will the procedure take place?
For your privacy, convenience, and comfort, Belcara Health offers an on-site surgical center. Because safety is our first concern, our facility meets the most stringent requirements. We are certified by Medicare and licensed by the state of Maryland as an ASC. We are one of the few outpatient surgical facilities to earn accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This high-level accreditation is proof of our commitment to the highest quality patient care and signifies that we have met the rigorous standards of a nationally recognized third party.
What should I expect during recovery?
Every patient heals at a slightly different rate and recovery is an individual process. Because you will have been under anesthesia, you must have someone to drive you home after surgery. It may take several hours for the anesthesia medication to wear off, so expect to be groggy for a while.
You will see a noticeable improvement in the shape and size of your nose after the initial swelling and bruising subsides, usually about 1-2 weeks after surgery. However, improvements to your new nose shape will continue for up to a year, until all of the swellings have resolved and the cartilage is fully healed.
While you should always follow your surgeon’s instructions, in general, you can expect the following activity limitations after rhinoplasty:
- Bed rest the day of surgery is recommended.
- Limit activity for the next 2-3 days following surgery.
- Avoid bending or lifting heavy objects for 1 week.
- Avoid strenuous activities for about 4 to 6 weeks.
- Return to work in about 7-10 days.
Will Insurance Cover Nasal Surgery?
Rhinoplasty is usually deemed cosmetic in nature unless the indication for surgery was for reconstructive purposes or to correct breathing problems. Our office will work with your insurance company to determine the scope of your benefits.
Combining Procedures for Balance and Refinement
At Belcara Health, our goal is to help you achieve a natural balance in your facial features. Many patients benefit from combining rhinoplasty with another procedure for optimal results.
- Chin augmentation can help add structure to a weak or receding chin, achieving a beautiful balance.
- Neck Contouring can add definition to the chin and jawline for an overall more refined aesthetic.
- A follow-up treatment with a chemical peel or laser resurfacing can give your skin a healthy glow, enhancing your newly refined nose.
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