A lot of people do not like a specific aspect of their nose or are bothered by its entire appearance. That is why rhinoplasty has remained one of the most popular procedures in the United States.
Rhinoplasty is not just a procedure for making the nose look smaller. When performed by a highly skilled plastic surgeon, rhinoplasty can be used to address a variety of aesthetic issues with the nose and give it a more refined and attractive appearance.
The Versatility of Rhinoplasty
One of the most common issues people have with the appearance of their nose is that it throws off the balance and harmony of their facial proportions. If the nose is too small, it can overemphasize the size of the chin. If the nose is too large, it can bring too much focus to the center of the face.
Rhinoplasty can be performed to bring balance to the disproportionate features of the face through the sculpting and manipulation of the nasal tissues.Rhinoplasty can be used to correct aesthetic issues like:
- Asymmetrical nostrils
- Rounded nasal tip
- Pointed nasal tip
- Crooked nasal bridge
- Nasal hump
- Hanging columella
Rhinoplasty can also be performed to correct damage done to the nose. If an accident has caused significant trauma to the nose, rhinoplasty can be performed to restore the straight and symmetrical appearance of the nose.
In some cases, an accident may have caused significant damage to the nasal passages, which can make it difficult to breathe through the nose. Rhinoplasty can be performed to restructure and clear the nasal pathways so that the patient can breathe easy.
What to Expect During Surgery
Rhinoplasty can involve altering the cartilage, bone, and soft tissue of the nose. While the process can be intensive, it does allow for some incredible results to be attained.
Small incisions are used to gain access to the nasal structures. There are two approaches to rhinoplasty incisions: open and closed.
Open rhinoplasty involves making the incision in between the nostrils, on the columella, and then lifting the tissues. This approach provides greater access and visibility to the entirety of the nose. With closed rhinoplasty, all the incisions are made inside of the nostrils. This eliminates the appearance of post-surgical marks. However, it also makes it more difficult to produce more refined results because of the reduction in visibility.
Recovering from Your Rhinoplasty
It will take time for you to properly heal after rhinoplasty and for your full results to show. During the first few weeks of your recovery, you may need to wear a splint and bandages to protect and support the nose.
Temporary bruising around the eyes and swelling are likely to occur as a result of rhinoplasty. These issues can be addressed with the help of cold compresses. A majority of the swelling will dissipate after the first few months, but light swelling may persist for up to a year.
Arranging Your Consultation
If you are interested in rhinoplasty, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Chung and Dr. Kierney. She can provide you with the personalized aesthetic care your nose needs.