If you have concerns about the appearance of your nose and wish to change its size, shape, or angle, a rhinoplasty procedure may offer a fantastic solution for you. The rhinoplasty procedure is often pursued by individuals who wish to improve the appearance or proportionality of their nose; the surgery can also be used to correct a deviated septum or other breathing problems.
It is amazing how a subtle change in the nose can dramatically alter one’s overall look. For example, a small nasal hump reduction typically does wonders to feminize the face of some women. Our board-certified plastic surgeon—Dr. Tiffany McCormack—will individualize your procedure to target your concerns yet maintain the “character” of your nose and face. She is extremely experienced in helping individuals look their best through the most established techniques in plastic surgery.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to alter the dimensions of the nose to improve its overall function or appearance. Ideally, rhinoplasty can create a more harmonious balance between your surrounding facial features for a more proportionate facial appearance and natural-looking final outcome. This typically involves adjusting the bone or cartilage within the framework of the nose to achieve your unique goals for surgery.
The benefits yielded by rhinoplasty are unique to each patient and depend on what you hope to achieve with the surgery. Given the highly individualized nature of the procedure, Dr. McCormack will use your consultation to ask you thoroughly about your goals for rhinoplasty as well as your aesthetic ideal. In general, the surgery can:
To ensure your rhinoplasty procedure is tailored to your cosmetic wishes, Dr. McCormack uses advanced VECTRA® 3D imaging software to simulate the potential results of surgery. With this technology, she can demonstrate how a specific change to certain features of the nose may affect the overall look of the face. This can allow a clearer idea of the possible outcome of rhinoplasty so Dr. McCormack can adjust your treatment plan accordingly.
Rhinoplasty is performed in the comfort of our private on-site plastic surgery facility. The procedure typically utilizes general anesthesia. To begin, Dr. McCormack will access the nasal framework from one of the incision locations discussed above. Skin, bone, and cartilage are then contoured from the incision to produce the desired result. After the procedure, a special protective dressing or nasal splint is worn to facilitate the healing process. In most cases, rhinoplasty is an outpatient surgery and you will be able to return home with a friend or family member after the anesthesia has worn off.
Many patients experience swelling and bruising around the nose and eyes after rhinoplasty surgery, but are able to gradually resume normal activities within the first couple of weeks. Although a return to light activities can be expected in approximately one week, strenuous exercise—especially work or sports that have a possibility of blunt impact to the face—should be avoided. Post-operative swelling will subside as recovery progresses and oral pain medication can usually manage any discomfort. Complete healing can take up to one year.