A well-balanced nose can do a lot for your profile. It can act as an anchor for your other features, bringing overall harmony. It can also sculpt your profile and give balance to your face. Unfortunately, a nose that is too large or small can take away from your favorite features. Whether for cosmetic or medical reasons, nose surgery can be an effective way to make a subtle change that can have a large impact.
Rhinoplasty is a facial plastic surgery procedure that aims to correct the proportions and function of the nose. This procedure can correct many different aspects of the nose like crookedness, humps, flared nostrils, wide base, and an oversized tip. Additionally, it can correct a deviated septum which can often cause breathing problems. Often, rhinoplasty is paired with other facial procedures like chin augmentation to further enhance the facial profile.
Patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose or who experience problems breathing can often benefit from rhinoplasty. Since rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure, it’s important that you’re in good health and able to undergo surgery. Dr. DiFrancesco will assess your nose during a consultation and create an ideal surgical plan based on your goals, anatomy, and nasal function.
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The most important aspect of rhinoplasty is ensuring that both function and appearance are optimized. There are two types of rhinoplasty that can be performed to achieve your ideal results.
During this type of procedure, an incision is performed across the columella, or skin between your nostrils. This allows the nose to be “pulled” upward for easier access to the underlying structures. This technique is often best for more significant changes and correction of a deviated septum.
The closed technique conceals all incisions within the nose. Although this offers better concealment of any scars, it can be more difficult to achieve substantial corrections.
Rhinoplasty is a highly-customized procedure that will depend on your unique goals. Typically, the nose can be made smaller or flatter by reducing the underlying cartilage. Conversely, the nose can be augmented with cartilage grafts from the ear or rib. Dr. DiFrancesco can also adjust many different areas like the base, tip, nostrils, and bridge. Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia, and you can return home with the help of a friend or family member after a monitoring period.
Rhinoplasty comes with one of the longest recovery periods of any plastic surgery procedure because of the nose’s delicate structure and abundant blood vessels. As such, you can expect swelling to last for weeks and months after your procedure, and some residual swelling can take up to a year to go away. For the week after surgery, you’ll wear a nasal splint to support your new nose. Once removed, it’s important to avoid wearing glasses or doing strenuous activity until otherwise cleared by Dr. DiFrancesco. You’ll be prescribed medications to manage discomfort, and you can expect to take two or more weeks away from work and social engagements.
Rhinoplasty can be a transformative procedure if you’d like to change your nose and bring it into better harmony with your features. To get started on discussing your options with Dr. DiFrancesco, contact our Atlanta office by calling or filling out our online form.
Most patients experience normal swelling for 2 – 4 weeks post-surgery. Bruising of the nose and surrounding tissue is also normal after rhinoplasty. Most bruising has subsided by 2-3 weeks after surgery.
After surgery you will have a splint on your nose to protect it from trauma for approximately one week. You will be asked to keep your head elevated to help with swelling and to refrain from strenuous activity.
It is best to sleep with the head of your bed elevated to help decrease post op swelling and speeding your recovery.
Mild discomfort from nasal splint after rhinoplasty is normal. However, if you have prolonged sharp pain, please follow up with Dr. DiFrancesco.
After surgery you cannot blow your nose, or you will disrupt the internal sutures. You may gently clean the outside of your nose with a gauze.