Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is the most common procedure performed at Primera Plastic Surgery. Rhinoplasty is a nose-reshaping surgery that can correct deformities or make subtle aesthetic changes for cosmetic purposes through various rhinoplasty techniques. If you’re self-conscious about your nose, you may be a good candidate. Whether due to a birth defect, injury, or age-related changes, rhinoplasty surgery performed by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in the face can help provide balance and proportion to your nose and face.
It is important to remember that rhinoplasty surgery is part art, part science. The artisic talents start when interpreting the patient’s desires for improvement, and then meshing these desires with my own aesthetic standards and skill to obtain the best possible result. The goal is to create an attractive, aesthetically pleasing nose that is in balance with the face, but will also be natural-looking. The science involves creating a nose that will withstand the test of time and maintain its structural integrity, as well as its functionality as an organ of respiration.
The trend in modern rhinoplasty and nose surgery is toward specialization (i.e. facial plastic surgery) and is moving away from over-reduction of the nose. I prefer individualized treatment of each segment of the nose to give a balanced, refined look without compromising function, and the computer imager is an invaluable tool in the process. My office is one of only a few practices locally that uses a computer imager to show potential results. The computer analysis allows me to take careful measurements of each patient’s nose and facial profile angles, and show possible surgical results. Computer imagining is an excellent teaching aid for patients and serves as the template or roadmap in surgery. With this technology, I can reliably tailor a surgical treatment plan for each patient’s needs for nose job or rhinoplasty. Your potential “after results” will be seen on our computer imager and I will use my expertise, training and experience to help provide you with a reasonable simulation of your new nose and your new look.
After surgery, many patients are able to return to work or school within one week of surgery. While you should expect some post-surgery swelling and occasional bruising after rhinoplasty, your nose will be very presentable at one week. Postoperative swelling or edema will largely resolve over the first month, however you may notice subtle changes for up to three months and occasionally up to one year after surgery.