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Are you having difficulty breathing due to nasal obstruction after an accident that changed your face? Is the asymmetry dampening your self-confidence? You can repair the function and appearance of your nose via a rhinoplasty procedure. This corrective treatment sculpts the nasal skeletal framework to ease airflow and achieve the look you want. What should you expect when opting for a rhinoplasty treatment? Here is a quick guide:

What is Nose Surgery?

Rhinoplasty, nose surgery, or simply a nose job refers to how a surgeon cuts through the nose cartilage or bone to alter the nose’s shape, size, or angle. By adjusting the nose structure, which is the focal point on the face, rhinoplasty adds facial harmony and proportion. In turn, the surgeon may widen the nostrils, change the shape of the nose tip, or remove a bump on the nose and straighten the nose bridge.

What Qualifies Someone as A Good Candidate?

You are a good candidate for rhinoplasty if:
• You are not happy with the way your nose looks
• You have breathing difficulties due to a deformed nose
• Your nose is no longer growing
• You neither smoke nor have any health conditions that can result in complications after the surgery

What Happens During the Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty takes place under general or localized anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. It is the same surgery lasting between one to three hours. The surgeon begins by raising the skin to reveal the nasal cartilage or bone. Then, depending on whether it is an open or closed approach, the surgeon may make internal or external incisions to repair the nose. Often, the surgeon may use an internal or external splint as well. Later, the surgeon will stitch the nasal skin to close the incision.

What Are the Benefits of Choosing an Open or Closed Approach?

Rhinoplasty can be open or closed, depending on the incision approach and expected outcome. Hence, in a closed rhinoplasty session, the surgeon accesses the nasal bone via dual incisions within the nose. Since the cut is inside the nose, this less invasive approach results in minimal swelling and no visible scars. Plus, it avoids the sensitive nasal skin, allowing the patient to recover faster after the surgery.

In contrast, open rhinoplasty has an additional incision along the columella. The procedure repositions the skin connecting the two nostrils. In turn, it achieves accurate results in terms of the appearance of the nose. Due to the external incision, open rhinoplasty takes longer to heal and may result in visible scarring.

What Is the Recovery Time?

After the surgery, the patient may have bruises and swellings that subside after 3 to 10 days. Any internal stitches will dissolve completely within a week, and the patient can have external stitches removed at the same time. Still, it takes up to 6 months to 2 years before the patient can see the surgery’s final results.

Schedule Your Consultation

Do you need medical help to repair your nose? Dr. Rocheford, a board-certified plastic surgeon assisted by an outstanding medical team, is ready to address all your concerns and advise you on the best treatment for your condition. Schedule a surgical consultation by calling 651-739-1100 or filling out the online contact form.

Patient Resources

Whether a new or returning patient, we have plenty of resources to either help you get started or learn more about the procedure process. From patient forms to blogs, we have all the resources you’ll need to prepare yourself for your appointment.

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