The Road to Rhinoplasty
Crafting Your Perfect Profile
In a rhinoplasty, the bone and cartilage framework are modified, and the skin is redraped.
These meticulous techniques help you to refine the size, shape, and structures of your nose to harmonize better with your other features. Of course, the nose does not only serve as a focal point for cosmesis but also has the important physiologic function of breathing. Abnormal anatomy must be identified, as it may cause difficulty breathing by reducing the area of the passage, either due to fixed anatomy or functional obstruction. The external nasal valve is formed by the alar rim, columella, and nasal floor.
The internal nasal valve is formed inside the nose between the septum, nasal floor, and upper lateral cartilages of the nose. If either of these valves is narrowed, functional septorhinoplasty is indicated, and correction of the internal nose for breathing and the external nose for aesthetic purposes can be done at the same time. Even if no breathing problems exist prior to cosmetic rhinoplasty, the surgeon may recommend repair of internal structures (deviated septum, turbinate hypertrophy, collapsed nasal valve) during the rhinoplasty in order to avoid the development of functional problems.
Rhinoplasty for All Ages
Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping, offers a wide range of benefits that can positively impact individuals of all ages. After a Rhinoplasty Mobile patients can expect to see:
By understanding these benefits, individuals can make informed decisions about how rhinoplasty can enhance their lives, regardless of their age.
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Most rhinoplasties can be performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia and typically take between one to three hours.
Closed rhinoplasty can be performed with incisions only inside the nose if the nasal tip does not need significant modification.
Open rhinoplasty allows wide exposure to the entire nose, including the tip and all bone and cartilage structures, but it does involve a scar across the nasal columella and prolonged swelling. Treating the tip may require sculpting the tip cartilages, repositioning the tip cartilages with sutures, or grafting cartilage (usually from the septum or ear).
Treating the nasal dorsum may include removal of projecting nasal bones and upper nasal cartilages with a combination of resection and shaving, narrowing the nasal bones with controlled fracture, or grafting cartilage (septum or ear), fascia (temporal), or bone (skull or rib) to dorsum, radix, or tip. A long nose can be shortened by sculpting the tip cartilages and shortening the nasal septum. Straightening a crooked nose will usually require a septoplasty to straighten the deviated septum and fracture of the nasal bones. Excessive nasal lobule or alar flare can be corrected with a wedge excision of the lobules at the junction with the tip or by a wedge excision in the floor of the nostril above the lip. Each technique will result in a scar, but in most instances, it is barely visible.
What to Expect
After the operation, our Mobile Rhinoplasty patients will have their nose packed with gauze for 24 to 48 hours to limit bleeding. Overnight observation may be required. For one to two weeks, an external dressing limits swelling, and splints stabilize the nasal bones and septum when needed. Swelling and bruising of the nose and eyes are inevitable but can be limited with ice and elevation. Pain and discomfort are easily controlled with prescribed medication and subside within a few days. Most people return to work, school, or daily activities while the external splint is in place. Light exercise can be resumed within two to three weeks and strenuous exercise within four to six weeks. The final result may not be fully appreciated for up to one year following the operation.
Secondary rhinoplasties are even more technically difficult than the initial nasal operation, and it is imperative that patients seek out a surgeon who is experienced in secondary rhinoplasty. In most instances, it is wise to delay any revision for at least 12 months to allow all swelling to resolve and scar tissues to soften. Common revision rhinoplasty deformities include “ski jump deformity,” characterized by a deficient dorsum, “polly beak deformity,” characterized by a lack of normal depression above the tip, an under-projecting tip, a pinched or narrow nose, and asymmetric nostrils.
Rhinoplasty results can be truly transformative, enhancing both the appearance and function of the nose. While the initial swelling may obscure the final outcome, patients can expect a refined and balanced nasal profile. Whether the goal is to correct a deviated septum for improved breathing or o reshape the nose for aesthetic reasons, the results aim to harmonize with the rest of the facial features.
After receiving a rhinoplasty Mobile patients often experience increased self-confidence, as their nose now complements their overall look. It's important to understand that full recovery may take several months, and the final results become more apparent as swelling subsides. In the end, rhinoplasty offers not only cosmetic benefits but also potential improvements in breathing and overall well-being, making it a valuable procedure for those seeking a nose that truly suits their unique features.
However, of all the plastic surgery procedures, rhinoplasty results are the most variable as they depend on patient characteristics, physician judgment, and technique. It is important to select a surgeon with an interest and experience in rhinoplasty. Nasal surgery is usually not considered until the patient has reached young adulthood since surgery can limit future growth.
Cosmetic surgery on the nose is not covered by insurance. Functional problems, however, are typically covered by insurance companies. Reconstructive nasal surgery because of a previous injury, surgery, or disease process also may be covered by insurance. If a combined procedure for both function and cosmesis is anticipated, a portion of the procedure might be covered.
Rhinoplasty can be performed on individuals once their facial growth is complete, which typically occurs around age 16 to 18 for women and a bit later for men. However, there is no upper age limit for the procedure, and adults of any age can benefit from rhinoplasty if they are in good health and have realistic expectations.
Rhinoplasty is typically not extremely painful, but some discomfort and swelling are expected during the initial days after the surgery. Most patients describe the discomfort as manageable with pain medication prescribed by the surgeon. The initial swelling subsides within a few weeks, but complete recovery may take several months as the final results gradually become more apparent. Your surgeon will provide guidance on managing post-operative discomfort and the expected timeline for recovery.
Dr. Park is an excellent surgeon. He takes his time with his patients and makes you feel extremely comfortable. The staff are very friendly and caring as well.
— Mobile Plastic Surgery Patient
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