Every year, half a million people seek consultation to enhance of the appearance of their noses. Some are unhappy with the nose with which they were born or the way aging has changed their nose.
For others, an injury may have distorted the nose. In other cases, there is the additional goal of improving breathing.
Dr. Elizabeth understands there is not a single ideal appearance of the nose, and that, after careful consultation, enhancements can be made to give each patient the look and confidence they seek.
Patients may seek rhinoplasty for a number of reasons, including:
Each case is unique, but in all cases, the overall goal is to balance the nose with other features to increase overall facial harmony. If you’re considering rhinoplasty, our staff and Dr. Elizabeth will take the time to explain the details of the procedure with you, plus discuss your goals with having the procedure. We’ll go over expected outcomes, and let you make the decision about what’s right for you.
The rhinoplasty technique involves incisions made inside the nose, where they are invisible. There is also usually an incision made in the area of skin separating the nostrils. The underlying bone and cartilage can then be reduced, augmented or rearranged to create a newly shaped structure.
Typically, rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure performed with IV sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the complexity of the surgery.
Initial recover usually involves wearing a nasal splint for a week. You will likely wear a nasal splint for about a week. Swelling is common and there may be some bruising around the eyes, which will improve after a few days. Long term refinement of the nose continues to evolve over months.
Even a minor correction can make a difference in overall facial harmony. As healing progresses, the final shape of your new nose will be apparent.