Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping, designed to change the form of the nose. The appearance of the nose can be affected by genetic predisposition, trauma or developmental abnormalities. The most common reasons to have a rhinoplasty are to reduce the “hump” on the bridge, narrow the bridge and refine a “boxy” tip. The detailed plan will be discussed with the patient at the time of consultation. Most procedures are accomplished using the open technique for greater accuracy.
Scars are usually inside the nose and across the mid-columella. After a sufficient healing period, the scars can be difficult to see. Tape and a plastic splint are typically used for 2-3 weeks. Packing is not usually necessary.
Rhinoplasty is performed as an outpatient under a light general anesthesia, unless your medical history dictates a change to this plan.
All patients are evaluated no later than the day after surgery. Postoperative care and recovery is again discussed in great detail. Care of the operative area is detailed in the written and verbal instructions. Phone calls are encouraged if there is need of clarification. There should be no heavy lifting, strenuous activity or “straining” for one week. For the next two weeks, “if it hurts,” avoid it, if not, just be cautious for two more weeks. Return to work or other more specific activities should be addressed with the physician/nurse since there can be a high degree of variability in demand and a plan can often be developed to enable you to return to more normal activity, faster.
Results can be long term but certainly are impacted by weight loss/gain, environmental factors, and the natural aging process. Reaching the final result after rhinoplasty may be at least a 3-6 month process.