Many people go through life with self-consciousness and low self-esteem based on the appearance of their nose. At the same time, many others are satisfied with how their nose looks, and yet endure difficulty breathing and other problems that are due to functional nasal issues. Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to reshape the nose or correct problems such as a deviated septum. Nose reshaping surgery can reduce the appearance of a prominent nose, resculpt the bridge, and improve an array of other aesthetic and functional issues.
Rhinoplasty is a very complex procedure that requires the skilled hands of experienced plastic surgeons. Doctors at The Ohio State University Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are specialty-trained in a range of plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery procedures, and are committed to helping you achieve your goals.
Rhinoplasty can offer patients a number of benefits, both aesthetic and functional. Nose surgery can help to:
One of the experienced plastic surgeons at our practice will be happy to meet with you in consultation to discuss all aspects of rhinoplasty with you. At this initial meeting, you and your surgeon will discuss your ultimate goals and determine whether rhinoplasty is the best option for your needs.
Traditional rhinoplasty surgery typically involves incisions being made on the outside or the inside of the nostrils. If incisions are made on the outside of the nose, any residual scarring will likely be unnoticeable as the incisions are created along the natural creases of the nose. During the procedure, your OSU plastic surgeon will remove nasal cartilage and bone and reshape them to meet your needs. A temporary nasal splint will likely be placed in order to help the nose maintain its new shape. Gauze may also be packed inside the nostril for a short time in order to stabilize the septum and control bleeding. The entire procedure usually takes about two hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Rhinoplasty can also be performed on an outpatient basis.
You will experience bruising and swelling in the area of the nose for several days after rhinoplasty. Swelling should be almost completely gone after about one month. Any pain and discomfort you feel in the days following surgery can be managed with medication. You will need to keep your head elevated for about a day after rhinoplasty surgery. Your plastic surgeon will advise you not to engage in any strenuous activity or heavy lifting for at least three weeks, and extra attention to keeping the nose protected from harm is necessary for the first few months after the procedure. You should also avoid blowing your nose for at least a week. Many patients resume normal daily routines after about one week.
If you are considering rhinoplasty to improve the appearance of your nose, or to correct functional nasal issues, please contact The Ohio State University Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Our plastic surgeons will meet with you in an initial consultation to discuss your goals and answer all of your questions about rhinoplasty surgery.