Nasal Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)
Are you dissatisfied with the shape of your nose?
Rhinoplasty is surgery that reshapes the nose. It can change the proportion of your nose to match with your other facial features, and thus enhance your appearance, giving you the look you desire. This surgery not only changes the shape of the nose, it can correct any deformations, bumps, or dents of the nose. It also can increase or decrease the size of the nose, change the angle of the nose in relation to the upper lip, or modify the nasal tip in many different ways. Rhinoplasty can be combined with septoplasty. This surgery can improve some breathing problems caused by abnormalities of the nasal septum.
Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as nasal surgery, is performed to correct aesthetic defects of the nose. Patients seek rhinoplasty to correct aesthetic defects, that when corrected, provide balance and harmony to their facial features. The result of nasal surgery can be seen almost immediately, although swelling often does not fully resolve for one year. Patients are able to return to work in less than one week after nasal surgery.
What can surgery of the nose accomplish? It can change:
- The size of the nose, so that it fits in well with your other facial structures
- The width of the nose at the bridge
- The profile of the nose, fixing any bumps or indentations on the bridge
- The tip of the nose, if it is too large, round, droopy, or upturned
- Nostrils that may be too large, wide, uneven, or upturned
- The unevenness or lopsidedness of the nose
- Decrease nasal septal deviation
You would be an ideal patient for rhinoplasty if:
- Your facial growth is complete and you are 15 or 16 (female) or 17 or 18 (males) years old
- You are physically healthy
- You have specific, but realistic goals in mind for the enhancement of your appearance
What to expect?
Rhinoplasty surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and only takes a few hours. The patient will be given local or general anesthesia. First, Dr. Mirabile or Dr. Hsu will make incisions on the inside of the nose to access the bones and cartilage that provide support for the nose. Since these incisions are inside of the nose, the scars will not be visible. Often an incision is required across the columella of the nose. This incision rarely leaves any visible scarring. Depending on your specific situation and desired results, Dr. Mirabile and Dr. Hsu may remove some bone or cartilage from your nasal skeleton and tissue may be taken from one part of the nose and added to another. He will reposition and reshape the bone and cartilage to achieve your desired shape. He will redrape the skin and tissue over the newly sculpted skeleton of the nose. After surgery, a splint will be placed on the nose to support the structures as they heal. To provide further support, nasal packing may also be placed inside of the nose.
Dr. Mirabile and Dr. Hsu will inform you that the nasal packing can be removed in one to two days after your surgery and that the splint may be removed a week after surgery. For the days following surgery, it is essential to keep the head elevated and avoid bending over. Patients should also avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities. Most patients can return to work or school within seven to ten days following surgery.
After surgery nasal breathing is limited. This is due to swelling inside of the nose. Once the swelling goes down, the breathing will improve. It is normal for the patients face to feel puffy or swollen the first day after surgery. Some patients also experience bruising around the eyes. This will subside within seven days after surgery. Cold compresses can help reduce the amount of bruising that occurs and ease any discomfort.
Rhinoplasty is an advanced facial plastic surgery procedure that can help men and women enhance their appearance and self-confidence. If you have been considering nose reshaping surgery, or another facial plastic surgery procedure such as face lift or blepharoplasty in Philadelphia, contact Dr. Mirabile and Dr. Hsu today at 610-272-8821. Over the years, many patients from throughout Bucks County, Montgomery County, Chester County and Delaware County, PA have trusted them to provide top-quality care and beautiful surgical results.