Reshaping of the nose is also referred to as a rhinoplasty. It is a cosmetic procedure which commonly addresses both esthetic and functional concerns.
Thousands of people every year choose this type of surgery to change the size and/or shape of their nose in an effort to improve their overall facial profile.
Alterations may consist of changing the angle between your nose and upper lip, the shape or projection of the tip and/or height of the nasal bridge and overall width of the nostrils. Although this procedure is more commonly performed on patients in their 20′s and 30′s, if requested at a younger age, teenagers are best treated after their growth spurt, usually around age 14-15 for girls and 15-16 for boys.
If you would like to learn more about Rhinoplasty, please keep reading below. If you would like to speak with Dr. James Lacey you can request a consultation by clicking here.
About the Procedure
The incisions may be either internal (just inside the nostril rim) or alternatively be placed externally (a small incision across the columella) which results in a small residual scar (Diagram A).
The choice of the surgical approach is usually dictated by the patient’s specific anatomical variables. In some instances this type of surgery is directed towards improving functional concerns such as specific breathing problems.
This type of surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, within a surgical facility or possibly even within a hospital setting. Local anesthesia, or more commonly, a general anesthetic is utilized to complete the surgery which usually takes between one to two hours depending upon the complexity of your concerns.
The surgery may require that the cartilage be reshaped using sutures.
It may also require that your nasal bones be reduced via shaving or alternatively be broken (Diagram B).
Cartilage from your nose or ear may be used to help with your profile and/or improve any breathing problems. Splints may be applied for a week following surgery and rarely is internal packing needed (Diagram C).
Although the majority of swelling and bruising resolves routinely within 7 to 10 days, the defining of your nasal contour can generally take several months to occur. Although major complications are uncommon, all risks, limitations and expectations should be thoroughly reviewed with Dr. James Lacey prior to surgical intervention.
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