Rhinoplasty, or nasal surgery, is a procedure that has become increasingly refined over the last 20 years. Rhinoplasty may be performed for both functional and aesthetic improvements of the nose. The surgery may involve treatment or repair of a deviated septum, nasal valve, nasal fractures, or nasal obstruction. Cosmetic or aesthetic improvements may be performed simultaneously with functional surgery, but these procedures may not be covered by insurance.
During this surgery, our physician can improve the size and shape of the various components of the nasal framework to achieve a desired aesthetic result after healing. Rhinoplasty can be performed with only internal (endonasal) incisions, or with an accompanying external (columella) incision for better exposure if needed.
Preparing for Surgery
For optimal results, it is imperative that the surgeon performs a complete consultation with computer imaging. Precise attention to aesthetic goals for this procedure is crucial, and a skilled surgeon can often achieve remarkable improvement.
However, expectations of surgery must be realistic. Viewing typical preoperative and postoperative results with the surgeon helps patients form realistic goals and expectations.
What to Expect During the Surgery
Every rhinoplasty is unique, depending on patient goals and individual anatomy. The complexity of the process varies, with some surgeries lasting up to several hours. Patients may be under general anesthesia or deep sedation anesthesia. General anesthesia requires a breathing tube and involves full unconsciousness. Sedation anesthesia involves localized numbing and sedation to make the patient groggy. In the recovery room, staff monitors the patient carefully. Some patients leave the same day, while others spend the night in the hospital. Typical healing requires an external nasal tape and splint dressing for five to seven days.
Additional information regarding costs and scheduling is available from our office staff. We encourage preoperative patients to carefully consider their options before making a decision about a procedure.
For more information about Rhinoplasty from Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery Center, or to schedule your personalized appointment, please call us 309-589-3223.