The nose is the central feature of the face, which is why it isn’t surprising to hear that many people undergo cosmetic nose enhancements every year. Rhinoplasty is a procedure for those who are unhappy with the nose they were born with or who want to correct changes caused by an injury or aging. Rhinoplasty can be combined with septoplasty to straighten out a deviated septum that causes breathing problems. Whether it be for cosmetic or structural reasons, rhinoplasty can make a significant impact on a person’s overall facial appearance. Even the slightest changes to the nasal structure can help a person achieve a better-contoured nose that creates more flattering facial harmony.
For subtle cosmetic issues with the appearance of the nose, nonsurgical rhinoplasty may be an option. This involves using injectable fillers to improve nasal contour and asymmetries, and it can be performed in the office with no significant downtime. Dr. Whitaker will discuss surgical versus nonsurgical options with you and help you find the best option for your concerns.
Dr. Whitaker will evaluate your nose and profile with 3-D technology to assess your facial balance. She may discuss complementary procedures when appropriate, such as chin augmentation, that can enhance the results of rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty Can Correct:
- Nose size
- Bridge width
- A drooping or enlarged nasal tip
- Nostrils that are large or wide
- Nasal asymmetry
- A deviated septum
Someone who wants to change the size, shape, or profile of their nose and/or who needs to correct a nasal breathing obstruction may be an ideal candidate for rhinoplasty. It is important that a person’s decision to have surgery is for themselves and that they are realistic in their expectations. Rhinoplasty in younger patients should be performed after they have achieved a full adult-size nose, typically by 16 to 18 years of age, in order not to impact facial growth.
Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker will make incisions primarily inside the nose and possibly a small incision across the columella (the skin and tissue that separates the nostrils). From there, the underlying bone and cartilage can be reduced, augmented, and/or rearranged to create a newly shaped structure. When necessary, a deviated septum can be straightened to improve breathing. Once the nose is sculpted into the patient’s desired shape, the nasal skin and tissues are redraped and incisions are closed.
For the first few days after the procedure, a splint is to be worn over the nose and gauze may be used to support the nose as it heals. There will be some bruising and swelling, which will subside within a few weeks. It is important to care for the surgical site according to the doctor’s instructions. Normal exercise may be resumed after two weeks, but contact sports should be avoided for approximately six weeks after the procedure.
Although changes will be noticeable once swelling subsides, there are subtle changes that continue over months and even out to a year or even beyond. Rhinoplasty can improve balance and symmetry of the face and profile, complementing your other features.
To learn more about rhinoplasty, Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker can address all of your questions and concerns. She is an experienced and knowledgeable facial plastic surgeon. Schedule your consultation by calling (678) 888-3223 (FACE) or by filling out our online contact form.