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Rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery) - Radiant Rejuvenation - Seattle

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty (nasal reshaping) is a surgical procedure to produce changes in appearance, structure and function of the nose. It is often used to alter the relative size of the nose, change shape, remove undesireable bumps, narrow or widen, and change the angle between the nose and upper lip. In some cases, rhinoplasty can be used to relieve breathing problems that are either present at birth, or acquired through accidental injuries.

Rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) is not just one procedure, as differing patient needs will require use of a variety of approaches and corrections. Therefore, rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) is customized to fit each individual. Use of computer video imaging is very valuable in allowing you to view and study potential changes using your own facial features and structure. By helping choose the final desired contours, you have helped the surgeon in his effort to accomplish your goals. In addition, the use of imaging is often important in detection of facial imbalances associated with the chin and cheek areas. For example, in patients with a prominent nose, having a receding chin will often result in the nose looking proportionately even larger. You will be informed of such imbalances, if present, as part of the comprehensive facial analysis you will be given during the consultation process.

There are several approaches for the doctor to alter the size and shape of the nose. Small incisions may be within the nostrils, or include a small hidden opening under the tip of the nose. These openings are made so that the doctor can best see and treat the specific areas of concern, and he will discuss which approach would be best in your case.

Rhinoplasty is often performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia in outpatient surgery centers or hospitals. Rhinoplasty can be combined at the same time with other forms of surgery. Recuperation is usually about 7-10 days, during which some bruising and swelling will usually be present. The doctor and staff will provide clear written instructions for you to minimize the amount and duration of these findings. Discomfort is usually moderate, and controlled with small amounts of oral pain medication. Occasionally, there is a need for a small packing inside the nose. This usually remains only a few days, and is removed with minimal discomfort. You may have a small protecting splint placed on the top and outer surface of the nose. This may be recommended if you have substantial changes required in the outside contours, and typically remains in place for 5-7 days.

Ideal candidates for rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) are those seeking improvement rather than perfection in their shape and appearance of the nose. Use of video imaging to help establish a mutually agreeable change is of great value to prospective rhinoplasty patients. Realistic expectations are then easier to establish, making your experience a better one.

Patients are urged to stop all smoking or nicotine use for a period of at least two weeks prior to and following surgery. It has been established that to do otherwise will delay your wound healing processes, and may contribute to complication rates and severity.

Alternatives to Rhinoplasty Surgery

Improvement of nasal and facial shape may be attained with some alternative forms of treatment, such as placement of implants, having chin and neck surgery to reduce appearance of imbalances, or having only nasal breathing problems corrected (without outside changes). In this type of surgery, you should weigh the potential gain against the possibility of risk. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk, and minor or unexpected complications may occur which may have an impact on the final result. Major complications are possible, but not common in this type of operation.