What is Nose Surgery?
Nose surgery, also known as Rhinoplasty, in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, is a procedure that improves the proportion and harmony of the face through correcting the size and/or shape of the nose. This procedure can also be done to correct medical issues, such as impaired breathing due to structural defects like a deviated septum.
Am I a good candidate for nose surgery?
Ideal candidates for nose surgery are physically healthy men and women whose nose is completely done growing, and individuals that have realistic goals for the surgery. Individuals who smoke may not be ideal candidates for any surgical procedure.
Rhinoplasty – Patient 128
A woman of color in her mid 20’s who is bothered by a dorsal hump and drooping of the tip. She is shown before and again, just 6 weeks after an open rhinoplasty. Already she has a nice improvement in her contour. The nasal tip will continue to improve in refinement and appearance for 3 years as swelling slowly diminishes.
Update: Our patient is now shown 3 months after surgery. The swelling continues to decrease in the nose and the underlying shape that was created at the time of surgery continues to emerge.
Rhinoplasty – Patient 127
A Hispanic woman in her middle 20’s who feels that her nose is “too big” for her face and does not like a dorsal “bump”. She feels that her nostrils are too big and the tip is drooping and too flat. She has had a septoplasty elsewhere in the past.
She is shown just 6 weeks after an open rhinoplasty with reduction of the dorsal hump and nondestructive tip rhinoplasty, combined with an anatomic chin implant placed through a submental incision. The tip will continue to soften and improve in definition as swelling resolves over the next 3 years. Already she has a more elegant and refined profile.
Rhinoplasty – Patient 126
A student in her early 20’s who had nasal obstruction before surgery which caused her to snore at night and wake up with a dry mouth in the morning. She is also bothered by a dorsal “hump” and a drooping appearance of the tip of her nose. She was diagnosed with vestibular stenosis or collapse of the internal nasal valve. This can be improved temporarily with Breath-Rite” strips but can be improved surgically with the placement of “spreader grafts”. This is a strip of cartilage in the shape of a match stick that is placed between the top of the septum and the upper lateral cartilages to prevent collapse when a patient inhales through the nose. She is shown before and again, 5 ½ weeks after an open rhinoplasty with placement of spreader grafts. Her breathing is normal now and she loves the early improvement in the shape of the nose. The nose will typically continue to develop more refinement over the next 3 years a s swelling slowly resolves.
Rhinoplasty – Patient 125
A 13 1/2 year follow-up on a woman who was bothered by the appearance of her nose. This was before computer simulation and I have sketched out the changes that we wanted to make in a side view. She had deviation of the septum a marked collapse of the internal nasal valve ( a Breath rite strip is used to temporarily improve this sometimes). She is shown before and again, 13 1/2 years after an open rhinoplasty with bilateral spreader graft placement as well as placement of a columnellar support strut from the septum to stabilize her nasal tip. Her nose is no longer blocked and she loves the natural appearance of her nose after surgery. The dorsum is straight and the tip is refined in appearance.
Rhinoplasty – Patient 124
A woman in her mid 40’s who is bothered by drooping of the nasal tip and a dorsal hump. The tip is also bulbous in appearance. She snores and wakes up with a dry mouth in the morning. On exam she has a positive “Cottle” maneuver bilaterally demonstrated collapse at the internal nasal valve ( the area that is improved with “breath rite strips”) as well as septal deviation. She is shown before and again, 2 ½ years after an open rhinoplasty with septoplasty and correction of the vestibular stenosis with bilateral spreader graft placement. Her nasal obstruction has resolved, and she is pleased with the natural appearing improvement of her nose.
What are my options for nose surgery?
There are two main techniques used for rhinoplasty today: the open procedure and the closed procedure. A closed procedure involves hidden incisions made inside the nose, while an open procedure entails an incision outside of the nose, or along the slim strip of tissue that separates the nostrils, called the columella.
Depending on the patient’s goals for the outcome of the surgery, bone or cartilage can be removed to reduce the size of the nose, while cartilage grafts may also be required.
What should I expect during recovery?
Typically, it takes about 10 to 14 days for most of the swelling and bruising to heal following nose surgery, and a nasal splint is often placed for the first week. Bruising under the eyes and brief nausea from anesthesia are normal side effects. Patients are advised to avoid straining, bending and lifting, as well as wearing eye glasses immediately after the procedure.
In most cases, patients return to work within two weeks, once the bruising has depleted. However, more strenuous activities should be avoided for about six weeks. Although the results are immediate after surgery, the overall contour continues to improve for two to three years. As with any invasive procedure, there are risks involved with nose surgery. Ruptures of small surface vessels on the nose, infections, and poor wound healing are all complications that can arise.
How long will results last?
Rhinoplasty results are permanent. However, rhinoplasty revision surgery is also an option.
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