Enhancing your appearance with nose surgery:
While the shape of your nose is usually the result of heredity, the appearance may have been altered in an injury or during prior surgery. Also known as rhinoplasty, surgery of the nose improves the appearance and proportion of your nose, enhancing facial harmony and self-confidence. Surgery of the nose may also correct impaired breathing caused by structural abnormalities in the nose.
What can surgery of the nose accomplish?
Rhinoplasty can change:
- Nose size in relation to the other facial structures
- Nose width at the bridge
- Nose profile with visible humps or depressions on the bridge
- Nasal tip that is large or bulbous, drooping, or too upturned
- Nostrils that are large, wide, or upturned
- Nasal asymmetry and deviation
Surgery of the nose is performed either using a closed procedure, where incisions are hidden inside the nose, or an open procedure, where an incision is made across the columella, the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils. Through these incisions, the soft tissues that cover the nose are gently raised, allowing access to reshape the structure of the nose.
Surgery of the nose can reduce or augment nasal structures with the use of cartilage grafted from other areas of your body. Most commonly, pieces of cartilage from septum, the partition in the middle of the nose, are used for this purpose. Occasionally a piece of cartilage from the ear, and rarely a section of rib cartilage, can be used.
If the septum is deviated, it is now straightened and the projections inside the nose are reduced to improve breathing.
Splits and internal tubes will likely support the nose as it begins to heal for approximately one week. While initial swelling subsides within a few weeks, it may take up to a year for your new nasal contour to fully refine. During this time you may notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose as it refines to a more permanent outcome. Swelling may come and go and worsen in the morning during the first year following your nose surgery.
For more information about rhinoplasty in Bloomington, Illinois, we encourage you to contact our skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Otis Allen, today by calling us at Institute for Plastic Surgery. We look forward to speaking with you soon!