Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) Saginaw

Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures. It can reshape, reduce or augment a person’s nose to achieve facial harmony and boost self-confidence. It may also be performed as a reconstructive procedure to correct a birth defect or an injury, such as a broken nose.

Rhinoplasty may be performed for functional reasons as well. Combining nose reshaping with septoplasty or endoscopic sinus surgery can effectively treat certain breathing problems.

Rhinoplasty is an excellent procedure for achieving the following:

  • Balancing the size of the nose with the other facial features
  • Modifying the width of the nose at the bridge
  • Improving the nasal profile, including removing humps or depressions
  • Contouring a nasal tip that is too large, “boxy,” drooping or upturned
  • Changing the angle between the nose and the mouth
  • Narrowing and reshaping the nostrils
  • Correcting asymmetry or deviation

The best candidates for rhinoplasty:

  • Are at least 13 years old
  • Have finished facial growth
  • Are generally healthy
  • Do not smoke
  • Are seeking rhinoplasty for personal reasons, not because of pressure from others
  • Have realistic goals for the procedure

The Procedure

Rhinoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Weiss uses one of two techniques when performing nose surgery. In a closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made within the nostrils. In an open rhinoplasty, the incision is made across the columella, the tissue between the nostrils. With both methods, Dr. Weiss gently lifts the soft tissues covering the nose. He sculpts the bone and cartilage to the desired shape. Additional cartilage needed to augment the nose can often be taken from the nasal septum or ear.

If the patient has a deviated septum, Dr. Weiss will adjust the septum and the inner structures of the nose to improve breathing. The tissues are re-draped and stitched closed. If the patient desires nostril reshaping, this is done as the final stage of rhinoplasty.

For a short time after surgery, patients may experience puffiness, nose ache or a dull headache, some swelling and bruising, bleeding or stuffiness. Most patients begin to feel like themselves within two or three days and return to work in about a week.

The results of rhinoplasty become gradually apparent as the days pass after surgery and swelling recedes. Swelling may reappear from time to time in the first year after the procedure. It is typically more noticeable in the morning and fades during the day.

Contact lenses can be worn immediately, but glasses may need to be taped to your forehead or propped on your cheeks for up to seven weeks.

Patients with realistic goals for rhinoplasty are generally very happy with the new shape of their nose. The exact results depend on the patient’s nasal bone and cartilage structure, facial shape, skin thickness and age.

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