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    Noses come in all shapes and sizes. They are the focal point of the face. In some instances, our nose may be altered by accident, injury, or even illness. Nevertheless, many people are very dissatisfied with the appearance of their nose. As the central feature on our face, our nose is difficult to hide, even using make-up. Dissatisfaction with the appearance of one’s nose can cause people to suffer from problems with their confidence and self-esteem.

    With the significant effect that the nose has on facial appearance, it is understandable that people who do not like their nose frequently opt for cosmetic surgery such as rhinoplasty.

    Rhinoplasty, however, is not always performed purely for aesthetic reasons. Our nose is a vital part of our respiratory system, providing one of the key access points for air to enter our lungs. Patients who have narrow nostrils or a flattened nose may struggle to breathe properly through their nose. Breathing may be more difficult for these people, particularly after periods of exercise or other physical exertion.

    Whether you are considering rhinoplasty for cosmetic or functional reasons, this popular cosmetic surgery can transform the appearance of your nose and the quality of your breathing.

    Types of Rhinoplasty

    Rhinoplasty can completely change the appearance of a nose. It can make the nose bigger, smaller raised or lowered. There are also many other subtle refinements that can be made to surgically improve the appearance of the nose. For this reason, rhinoplasty is considered something of an art form, as your surgeon will need to ensure that all alterations will put your nose in proportion with the rest of your face.

    There are two surgical exposure techniques for rhinoplasty.

    Open Rhinoplasty: This technique is more traditional exposure. It usually involves an incision being made over the skin at the septum (the bridge that divides your nostrils) as well as one inside the rim of your nostrils. It gives complete nasal exposure and allows all aspects of the nose to be augmented and refined.

    Closed Rhinoplasty: This technique involves augmenting the nose via an incision made inside the nose. It causes no scars outside the nose but limits the exposure to other nasal components.

    Rhinoplasty Procedure

    Rhinoplasty is one of the most complex procedures associated with aesthetic/cosmetic surgery. It tends to be a rather lengthy procedure with a 4 – 6 hour duration. A general anesthetic is needed to keep you still and comfortable for the duration of your procedure and you will have no recollection of the surgery when you wake up.

    Scarring is kept to a minimum by placing incisions inside the nose wherever possible. In some instances, it may be necessary to place incisions either between your nostrils or either side of them as stated above. Any visible wounds will be closed carefully, and you will be given specific instructions on how to best care for them during the recovery period to ensure that scarring is minimal.

    Recovering from Rhinoplasty

    After your surgery, you will almost certainly be in some discomfort. Dr. Clark will provide you with adequate pain medicine to help alleviate your post-op pain. Bruising, swelling and soreness should be expected. These will fade over time, but it can take a number of weeks or more for your facial swelling to resolve and the final results of your rhinoplasty to become visible.

    If possible, Dr. Clark recommends that you take 2 weeks off of work, as this will give you time to rest and recuperate following your surgery. You may find it hard to breathe until the swelling goes down, and you should sleep with your head elevated to expedite your healing process. If internal nasal splints were placed, then they will be removed after one week.

    Specific aftercare instructions will be issued by our medical team, and these should be followed precisely.

    If you are less than impressed with the appearance of your nose, or if you have suffered an injury that has compromised both its look and function, you may be a candidate for rhinoplasty. If you would like to schedule your consultation, call our office today at 469-675-3659.