There is perhaps no other structure on the human body more visible than the nose. For this reason, nose shaping (rhinoplasty) requires a great deal of care and precision. In effect, it involves a strategy of millimeters and requires astute surgical skill and judgment. In addition to the appearance of the nose, one must not forget its primary function of breathing. Thus, examining the nose both externally and internally and accounting for medical conditions such as allergies and snoring are absolutely critical. 

The surgeon should carefully analyze a patient’s nose and outline the plan with drawings or photographs. This procedure usually involves several steps which, if done correctly, can change the shape of the nose without affecting a patient’s ability to breathe. A well-done rhinoplasty can dramatically improve a patient’s appearance without damaging the structural support of the nose. 

A well-done facelift should reposition facial anatomy and restore a youthful appearance without appearing stretched or pulled. In order to accomplish this goal, the surgeon should primarily address the underlying facial structure called the SMAS layer and not rely on the skin for support. This not only yields a more natural look but also adds longevity to the procedure.

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Patient Focus 1

Procedures: Open Rhinoplasty

Patient Focus 2

Procedures: Closed Rhinoplasty:  Dorsal Hump Reduction

 

Patient Focus 3

Procedures: Open Rhinoplasty

 

Expectations

Length: 2 - 4 hours

Anesthesia: General (occasionally local with sedation for smaller procedures)

In/Outpatient: Outpatient

Side Effects: Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain

Risks: Pain, bleeding, infection, rare breathing problems, incomplete improvement

Recovery: Back to work with makeup: 1 week More strenuous activity: 2 weeks

Final Appearance: 6 months for swelling to completely resolve

Duration of Results: Permanent

 

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