Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is a procedure to reshape the nose in order to create a more pleasing look and, in some instances, to correct severe breathing problems. With approximately 400,000 operations performed each year, nose surgery is considered one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. In general, our patients from areas such as Rapid City, Montana and Nebraska choose this plastic surgery procedure to achieve a better facial balance and enhanced overall appearance.
Reasons for Considering Nose Surgery
Adults, as well as adolescents whose facial growth is complete, can choose nose surgery for a variety of reasons, including:
- Bringing a better proportion to the nose and facial features.
- Reducing the size of a nose that is too large or too wide.
- Correcting an overly arched or Roman nose.
- Re-forming a crooked or elongated nose tip.
- Restoring the nose if damaged from an accident or sports injury.
- Correcting breathing problems by rebuilding the nasal passage.
Dr. Snyder is certified by both the American Board
of Plastic Surgery and the American Board
of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Note: If rhinoplasty is being utilized to correct a breathing problem or nose deformity, the procedure may be covered under the patient's insurance policy.
Rhinoplasty usually involves reducing the size of the nose by removing and sculpting the nasal tissues in order to enhance the facial appearance. The results are unique to each individual, and depend upon such factors as skin condition and thickness, nasal and facial structure, genetic contributions, and age.
The rhinoplasty procedure lasts from one to three hours. The surgeon may elect to utilize either local or general anesthesia, depending upon the complexity of the operation. To begin the surgery, tiny incisions are made which allow the surgeon to access the underlying nasal structure. Once the skin is opened, the cartilage and bone are reshaped to form the basis for the new look.
Recovery for Rhinoplasty Patients
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and to reduce the recovery time. Some swelling may be noticed; however, it will disappear within a few weeks. A splint, bandages, and/or gauze are applied immediately following surgery to aid in the healing process and to minimize movement of the nose.
Patients must refrain from smoking for several weeks before and after their surgery. In addition, any corrective glasses that are worn must be taped up and off the nose. The nose will need to be well-protected from the sun for the first year after the procedure while the body is adjusting to the new look.
Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with the surgery. Pain can be effectively treated with oral medication and/or cold compresses. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk of potential problems by carefully following the post-surgical directions given by the surgeon.
Would you like to learn more about nose surgery? Request an appointment online with Dr. Mary Snyder or call her at the office of Monument Plastic Surgery at (605) 721-5065.