Rhinoplasty is a procedure that is used to alleviate breathing issues and other medical problems relating to the structure of the nose. This procedure improves the appearance and proportions of the nose including the nasal tip and nostrils. It can also correct bumps at the bridge of the nose and reduce or widen the width and length of your nose. Rhinoplasty can improve your looks, self-confidence and health.
The Nose Surgery/Rhinoplasty Procedure
A deviated septum can cause breathing impairments, which can be corrected by adjusting the nasal structure to improve alignment.
Rhinoplasty can be performed in two ways. With an open rhinoplasty, an incision is made across the columella, the strip of tissue that divides the nostrils. A closed rhinoplasty, which is the Lexington Plastic Surgeons choice, consists of incisions made inside of the nose to reduce visible scarring. A typical rhinoplasty procedure can last about 2-3 hours.
The ideal candidate for this procedure is a healthy, non-smoking adult with realistic expectations. To consider rhinoplasty, you should be at least in your mid-teens to ensure the development of the nose has stabilized.
- Temporary bruising may extend to the eyes and other areas of the face
- Nasal cast must be worn for 7-10 days
- Nasal tampons may be placed in the nose for up to 3 days
- Most bruising and swelling should disappear within 2 weeks
- Return to work in 7-10 days