What is Rhinoplasty?
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose, or it is preventing you from properly breathing, you may be an excellent candidate for a rhinoplasty procedure. Also known as a nose job, a rhinoplasty procedure can help correct both medical and aesthetic issues, all while restoring facial symmetry and balance.
At The Pennsylvania Centre for Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia and Plymouth Meeting, PA, our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott A. Brenman specializes in rhinoplasty procedures for both medical and cosmetic purposes.
A rhinoplasty can be performed for reshaping purposes for patients that are not satisfied with the size or shape of their nose. There are also cases for some patients in which there is a breathing obstruction, internal nasal surgery such as a septoplasty may need to be performed. A rhinoplasty often involves removal of a hump, refining a bulbous or thick tip, and narrowing a nose. This can improve the proportionality of the nose to other facial features and thereby create a more smooth and harmonious appearance. Deformities, both congenital or acquired as through trauma, can be treated.
Candidates for Rhinoplasty
The best candidates for a rhinoplasty procedure may be unhappy with the appearance of their nose or feel that their nose doesn’t “fit right” with their facial features. Some patients may also turn to a rhinoplasty procedure to fix breathing issues – such as sleep apnea – or to correct a deviated septum. Candidates should be healthy non-smokers who have realistic expectations for the procedure’s outcomes.
How Does It Work?
The surgery is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. During the procedure, Dr. Brenman will reshape the nose to fit the patient’s desired results. This may include shaving off a bulbous nose tip, decreasing the size of the nostrils, or minimizing the appearance of a bump. Prior to surgery, 3-dimensional imaging and computer simulation will have been performed to help both the patient and Dr. Brenman determine what will give the best result.
The final results of your rhinoplasty procedure can usually be seen after a year; however, you’ll begin to get a good idea of what your new nose will look like about three to four months after treatment.
In addition to the nose itself, the eyelid region may become quite swollen and bruised. There is usually some type of external splint which adheres to the nose; this is removed 5-7 days after surgery. Rarey is there packing needing to be removed. Any stitches inside the nose dissolve, while those externally are removed a week after surgery. The incisions are very well hidden across the fleshy structure between the nostrils, and internally in the nose.
Take the First Step
Interested in learning more? Schedule your consultation at The Pennsylvania Centre for Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia and Plymouth Meeting, PA. Call (267) 687-2180 or fill out the form on this page to request a consultation.
*Individual results may vary