Balanced facial features play a key role in creating an attractive profile. Features such as an enlarged or crooked nose may be distracting or cause poor facial proportions. Rhinoplasty (also known as nose surgery) designed by Dr. Patronella can resculpt your facial features to create a more balanced aesthetic.
Candidates for rhinoplasty may feel that their nose is not in proportion with the rest of their face, or they may be unhappy with the angle, size, or shape of their nose. They may also have breathing problems caused by irregularities or a nasal hump or drooping nasal tip that may need correction. Candidates should be in good health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their surgery.
Nose surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. General anesthesia is typically used to ensure patient safety and comfort. Small incisions, either on the outer base of the nose between the nostrils (open technique) or inside the nasal cavity (closed technique) are used to access the underlying nasal structures. The skin that covers the nasal bones and cartilage will be raised. This allows access to the structure of the nose. The addition of cartilage grafts (using cartilage from the septum, ear, or rib) may be necessary. An overly large nose can be reduced by removing bone or cartilage.
A deviated septum can be straightened, and projections inside the nose can be reduced to improve breathing. Once the underlying structure of the nose is sculpted to the desired shape, the nasal skin and tissue are redraped, and the incisions are closed.
Recovery from rhinoplasty will last 4 to 6 weeks. A nasal splint is worn to protect and provide support for your nose. Nasal packing may also be used to offer support while you are healing. The nasal splint and packing will be removed in 7 to 10 days. The area around your nose and eyes may be swollen and bruised, which will resolve itself in 10 to 14 days. Cold compresses or prescribed medications may be used to alleviate any discomfort. Strenuous physical activities should be limited for 3 to 4 weeks. Keep your head elevated during your recovery and limit excess physical activity. An open rhinoplasty can result in a visible scar at the base of your nostrils, but this will fade over time.
The results of your rhinoplasty are long lasting. Initial swelling subsides within a few weeks, but it can take up to one year for the new shape of your nose to fully refine, during which you may notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose. Proper sun protection and a healthy lifestyle will help keep your new nose looking great.