Contemplating Rhinoplasty Surgery
A Rhinoplasty is preformed for overall improved shaped and size of the nose. Most patients desire a nose that is attractive, fits the face and looks natural. A good candidate for this procedure generally has one or more of the following concerns:
- Overall Shape: Majority of patients who have a Rhinoplasty are unhappy with the overall shape of their nose; it appears crooked, has a bump on the bridge, looks too wide or is simply too big for the face.
- Impaired Breathing: Often patients also have problems breathing as a result of a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates or a prior nasal injury. Many patients feel that they have a blocked airway that results in a decreased ability to breath through their nose.
Preparing for the Procedure
During your consultation, Dr. Anton will address your desired outcome regarding size & shape. Prior to surgery patients will be asked to provide photos of the ideal nose that they are envisioning. As this is an individual process, this helps to provide the doctor with an understanding of what each patient has in mind.
About the Procedure
This procedure takes approximately 3 hours under general anesthesia. Incisions are hidden in the natural creases of the nose. Changes are made at this time to the bone/bridge of the nose, the width of the nostrils, the cartilage tip of the nose and also the distance between the bottom of the nose and top of the lip. Each Surgery varies and is based on each individual patients desires and pre-surgical nose.
What to Expect After Surgery
Most patients wake from surgery feeling groggy, tired and just wanting to sleep. Bruising and swelling around the eye and nasal areas with a small amount of bleeding and stuffiness in the nose is to be expected. A white splint will be placed across the top of the nose that will remain on for anywhere from 5 to 10 days. You may also have internal packing and stitches that will be removed around 5 to 7 days time frame.
Overall, majority of the bruising and swelling will subside in about two weeks. Residual minimal swelling can take up to 6 months. Your activities are restricted for a full two-week period after surgery including; no lifting, bending or straining of any kind. Exercise may be restricted longer. You will be advised during your post-operative appointments about these restrictions. The healing process varies from patient to patient and is decided on an individual basis.