Rhinoplasty

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Nose Surgery Show Low AZ

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, sometimes referred to as a "nose job", is one of the most popular and common cosmetic surgical procedures. Nose surgery enhances facial harmony and the proportions of your nose by reducing or reshaping its appearance. Functionally, rhinoplasty nose surgery can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.

The surgery can either be performed for cosmetic reasons, or it can be performed as a reconstructive procedure. Our team at Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery performs rhinoplasty nose surgery in Show Low, Arizona.

Benefits Of Rhinoplasty Surgery

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The goals of rhinoplasty can be aesthetic or they can be reconstructive or functional. The benefits of nose surgery include:

  • Removing/reducing the size of a bump on the bridge of the nose
  • Reducing the prominence of the nasal tip
  • Reshaping/resizing the nose to fit the rest of the face
  • Straightening out the nose
  • Reshaping/resizing the nostrils
  • Resetting the nose after injury
  • Opening constricted nasal passages to improve functionality

For many people, the appearance of the nose is a main source for self-confidence issues. Rhinoplasty provides a solution for issues related to self-esteem and can improve confidence in those who choose to undergo the procedure.

Am I a good candidate for nose surgery?

The first step to being a good candidate for rhinoplasty is having the desire to enhance or augment your nose. Aside from the basics, in order to be a candidate you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have good general health
  • Do not smoke
  • Have realistic expectations of results
  • Be at least 13 years of age

During you consultation, Dr. Olack will determine whether or not he believes you will make a good candidate for rhinoplasty.

How is rhinoplasty surgery performed?

Rhinoplasty is a procedure that is most commonly performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation. The surgery itself is relatively short, taking anywhere between one to three hours to complete. We use two techniques when performing rhinoplasty: open and closed. Both methods involve restructuring the nose through lifting the soft tissues covering the nasal cavities. Then, the tissues are closed with sutures and prepped to heal.

What is an open rhinoplasty?

In an open rhinoplasty procedure, also known as an external rhinoplasty, a small incision is made between the nostrils (the columella). This allows to Dr. Olack to fold back the skin of the nose, giving him full access to the nasal structure. This form of surgery allows for better surgical accuracy, resulting in more precise contouring and reshaping of the nose.The downside of this form of rhinoplasty is that the chance of developing visible scarring is more likely than in closed rhinoplasty. This procedure is often the procedure of choice when it comes to nose surgery, but it is not for everyone.

What is a closed rhinoplasty?

A closed rhinoplasty, also known as an endonasal rhinoplasty, is a surgical procedure wherein the surgeon makes incisions within the nose. This procedure is optimal for surgeries being performed to change the overall size of the nose, and/or to address breathing problems. The closed surgery does not allow for as much accuracy in reshaping the nose. Scarring is not visible with this form of nose surgery, as the incisions are made within the nasal cavity. However, risk of cartilage distortion is increased during this procedure. Closed nose surgery is not optimal for patients who are looking to have a more cosmetic reshaping of their nose.

What Is The Recovery From A Rhinoplasty Procedure?

Patients report swollen and bruised eyes immediately following their procedure. During the healing period, patients can expect some degree of pain around the nasal cavity and sinuses, as well as bleeding from these areas. A dull headache is also normal to experience during this time. For the first week after surgery, splints and some degree of packing will remain inside your nose to aid comfort and healing. Most patients report returning to their normal activities around a week after surgery.

Are There Risks To Nose Surgery?

Side effects and complications associated with rhinoplasty surgery are rare. When they do occur, however, they are often minor. These side effects include:

  • Recurring nosebleeds
  • Poor reaction to anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Numbness in/around the nose

Rare complications include asymmetry, scarring, and a perforated septum.

What is a revision rhinoplasty?

A revision rhinoplasty, also known as a secondary rhinoplasty, is a surgical nasal procedure. We perform this procedure to correct abnormalities caused by a previous operation on the nose. We consider this procedure to be more difficult because there is less cartilage and bone to work with. The surgery has a higher risk of resulting in scarring or tissue contracture. However, with a skilled surgeon, secondary nose surgeries can improve the function and appearance of the nose overall.

Is Rhinoplasty Recovery Painful?

Pain isn’t usually a problem during recovery; it’s more a question of swelling and bruising. Swelling is worst for the first week, but then it can come and go for months. Bruising is also common, but not painful. It simply is due to the tissue trauma caused by this procedure. Overall, Dr. Olack’s rhinoplasty patients tell us their pain was far less acute than they expected after this surgery.

How Safe Is Rhinoplasty?

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Rhinoplasty is one of the original cosmetic surgeries, the first documented procedure being performed back in 1887 by an American otolaryngologist. Over the course of the ensuing 135 years, the procedure has been performed millions of times around the world. It remains one of the top two or three most popular cosmetic surgeries every year.

That said, rhinoplasty is a delicate surgery. That’s why it is important to trust this type of procedure only to a plastic surgeon with board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, such as Dr. Olack. His training, expertise, and decades of experience ensure you’ll love the results of your nose surgery.

The risks specific to rhinoplasty are:

  • Recurring nosebleeds
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Permanent numbness in and around the nose
  • Possibility of issues with symmetry
  • Pain, discoloration, or swelling that persists
  • Septal perforation
  • Scarring

Will Nose Surgery Ruin My Face?

Our nose has such a prominent place on our face that if you don’t like the way it looks it can be a real downer. A bulbous tip. A bump on the bridge. Flared nostrils. Whatever you don’t like about your nose, it’s right there looking at you every morning in the mirror.

These surgeries at Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery can be very satisfying for our patients. Often, patients feel their reshaped nose changes their entire face for the better. It’s hard to even quantify what that means for a person, especially if you’ve lived your whole life hating your nose.

Will the Results of My Rhinoplasty Look Natural?

Dr. Olack is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience with this delicate surgery. His goal with all the surgeries he performs is a completely natural-looking result. Most of these procedures involve changing issues such as a bump on the bridge or a bulbous tip, flared nostrils or a drooping tip. These aren’t a complete change in the appearance of the person’s nose, but subtle alterations to remove issues the person doesn’t like. The goal is a completely natural looking revision, not an overhaul.

Will My Nose Still Be Unique after Having Rhinoplasty?

Dr. Olack’s our goal with every cosmetic surgery is for the end result to look completely natural. This is no different when it comes to making changes with rhinoplasty. During your consultation, Dr. Olack will listen to the issues you have with the appearance of your nose and how you’d like to see it change. Then he will put his board-certified surgical skill and experience to the task of making those changes, while keeping your nose uniquely yours.

Nose surgery is unique to each patient. Dr. Olack doesn’t follow any cookie cutter templates! You’ll love your new nose, but it will still definitely be your nose.

What Restrictions Must I Follow in the Weeks after My Nose Surgery?

For the first week, it will be necessary to keep your head elevated as much as possible, even when sleeping. The area around your eyes and nose will be bruised and swollen usually for 10-14 days. You won’t be able to blow your nose over this period. It’s best to limit smiling to not engage the muscles surrounding your nose. If you wear glasses, they will need to be taped to your forehead for up to seven weeks to keep any pressure off your nose. Any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting that increases blood flow to the face needs to be strictly avoided for several weeks.

Obviously, bumping your nose needs to be avoided at all costs. You’ll have a splint in place for one week, but once it is removed, you’ll need to be careful. No pullovers. No t-shirts. Everything you wear should either zip or button up. We will discuss your restrictions at length with you, giving you a timeframe to return to your typical exercise and activity routines.

Schedule a Consultation

Call Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery today at 928.537.6767 to schedule your free consultation with our skilled technicians.

Individual results vary. Seek medical advice before starting any treatment.

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