Rhinoplasty 101

Rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the United States, but is it a good option for you? Keep reading to learn more.

What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is also commonly referred to as nose surgery. This procedure is used to reshape the nose in order to improve the function and appearance of the nose. The surgery itself will vary from patient to patient to provide customized results. In some situations the surgery will involve breaking bones in the nose, removing cartilage, or reshaping the bone. In other cases, rhinoplasty may involve adding tissue, reshaping nostrils, or correcting a deviated septum.

RhinoplastyWho is a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty can solve a variety of problems. It may be a good option in the following situations:
• Your nose was broken sometime in the past and it hasn’t been corrected.
• You have a deviated septum.
• You struggle with breathing when you exercise or you snore regularly.
• The size or shape of your nose makes you self-conscious or detracts from your appearance.
• Your nostrils are too large, wide, or prominent for your liking.
• You have a bump on your nose that you do not like.
• Your nose sits at a strange angle or is out of balance with the rest of your face.
Occasionally, dermal filler injections can be used as an alternative to rhinoplasty if the patient is looking for non-surgical nasal contouring. You can discuss your goals with your doctor in order to determine what procedure is best for you. If you want substantial changes or if you have a deviated septum that interferes with breathing, rhinoplasty is usually necessary.

What should you expect?
The results of your surgery will depend on your goals and the changes that need to be made. Whenever possible, the incisions will be concealed inside the nostrils to keep scars invisible. During the procedure, the surgeon will make adjustments to the bone, cartilage, and other parts of the nose as needed. After the surgery is over, most patients can return home the same day. The surgery will result in some swelling, but this will go down over time. Most patients can see results from the surgery after a few weeks, but the final results may not be completely noticeable for a few months as your nose continues to heal.

If you’d like to learn more about this procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shridharani.

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