A nose that doesn’t compliment your facial appearance can be a huge source of anxiety. You may have been born with a natural defect in your nasal appearance, or trauma to the nose could have affected its aesthetic appearance. Restoring a pleasing facial balance helps many patients feel more comfortable with their appearance. Rhinoplasty is designed to correct physical and functional abnormalities of the nose.
Ideal rhinoplasty candidates are in good health and have realistic expectations about their procedure. Rhinoplasty should only be performed on patients who are at least 15 or 16 years of age whose nasal structures have completely developed. Dr. Rey will evaluate whether you qualify for nose surgery during your consultation. Men and women who seek rhinoplasty may identify with having one or more of the following:
- Nasal hump
- Wide nasal bridge
- Drooping nasal tip
- Enlarged nostrils
- Small nasal structures
- Breathing problems caused by a deviated septum
Dr. Rey performs rhinoplasty with the patient under general anesthesia to ensure comfort and safety. An incision is created along the nose, and the skin is separated from the unlying cartilage structure. Dr. Rey reshapes your nose by removing, reshaping, or adding cartilage. If necessary, he may correct functional problems within the nose by straightening the septum. The skin is draped over the newly shaped nasal structures, and incisions are closed. Drains are placed to minimize swelling, and nasal packing helps support the nose during healing.
An open rhinoplasty will utilize an incision placed on the base of the nose between the nostrils. This provides visual access to the underlying structures but may result in some mild visible scarring.
A closed rhinoplasty will place all incisions inside the nasal cavity. This provides adequate access to the nasal structures and doesn’t result in any visible scarring.
Septoplasty is performed to correct breathing problems caused by a blocked nasal passage due to a deviated septum, which is the crooked alignment of the cartilage that separates the nasal passages.
You will experience bruising and swelling around your nose following your procedure. You may feel impacted or have trouble breathing due to the nasal packing. Any discomfort can be controlled using oral pain medication. You will need to rest with your head elevated for at least one week following your surgery. Most patients can return to work within two weeks of their surgery. You will be required to limit your physical activities for up to four weeks following rhinoplasty. The majority of your swelling should subside within six weeks, after which your final results will become apparent.
Rhinoplasty provides long-term correction to your nasal appearance. Most patients don’t require any follow-up procedure to help them achieve the results they desire. Depending on the technique used for your surgery, you may develop mild visible scarring on the underside of the nose, which is likely to fade over time.
If you wish to correct the appearance or function of your nose, schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert M. Rey today. Contact our office at (310) 205-3107 or fill out our online contact form here for additional information.