Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping is the process of sculpting the bone and cartilage of the nose to create a specific look. This procedure is ideal for people who are dissatisfied with the size or shape of their noses. A single surgery can balance out the facial features, create symmetry and vastly improve a patient’s overall appearance. Rhinoplasty is also commonly used to correct structural defects that impede nasal breathing including congenital defects or structural issues resulting from impact events.
How to Know If Rhinoplasty Is Right for You
Most people who choose to undergo rhinoplasty surgeries are unhappy with the size or overall appearance of their nose. They want to improve the proportion or shape of this feature. There are also individuals who are looking for effective, long-term solutions to nasal breathing problems that have resulted from prior injuries or structural defects.
The best candidates for this procedure have good general health, a clear understanding of the risks associated with rhinoplasty and maintain feasible expectations for their rhinoplasty results. Rhinoplasty may be right for you if the tip of your nose droops, is enlarged or protrudes. Nose reconstruction is also a viable solution for people with bulbous noses, bumps on the bridge of the nose, excessively pinched or flared nostrils or noses that are too large or small for optimal facial proportions.
How Rhinoplasty Is Performed
The type and nature of the rhinoplasty that is performed is heavily reliant upon the shape of the nose structure and the patient’s aesthetic and structural goals. Efforts to widen, lengthen, narrow, shorten, elevate or refine the nose are conducted under general anesthesia. These can include the removal and rearrangement of cartilage, the alteration of actual bone structure and incisions between the nostrils or within the lining of the nostrils. The entire process typically takes approximately two hours and is usually performed in a single session.
After rhinoplasty has been performed, patients can experience significantly swelling and bruising around the surgery site. Bruising and tenderness around the eyes is common as well. People are required to wear nose splints during the first seven to ten days after their procedures are performed in order to ensure optimal healing and to keep the area protected. Swelling and bruises often abate within two weeks, however, patients are advised against participation in strenuous activities for four to six weeks.
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At Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Atlanta, we will assess your concerns and aesthetic goals and our surgeons can create a treatment plan that is right for you. We’ll work with you to create a new shape for your nose that is proportionate to your face and complements your facial features. Contact Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery today to schedule your consultation.