Your nose is certainly one of the things people first notice about you in most cases. After all, it is directly in the center of your face and easily draws attention to itself. It is also one of the most unique parts about the way you look, and contributes to what people perceive you look like quite a bit. This is because your facial proportions relate to the shape and size of your nose. When this is not in your desired balanced it can definitely start to affect your confidence and the way you think about your nose. A rhinoplasty procedure is the surgical answer to these problems; correct the shape, size, and overall look of your nose with one procedure. Plastic surgeons frequently refer to rhinoplasty procedures as one of the most, if not the most, difficult surgeries for any plastic surgeon to perform. Creating the ideal nose for your face and its features takes the expertise and careful eye of a plastic surgeon like Dr. Rammos. Our doctor treats each unique facial structure of every patient individually according to their own needs.
Dr. Rammos has received extensive training in rhinoplasty surgery and understands the individual needs of every patient. Our doctor will work with you during the initial consultation to assess and understand both your anatomy and what your specific goals are as a patient. From there, Dr. Rammos can help you to understand what the shape, size, and overall look of your ideal nose is, and what is possible to achieve based on your current anatomy.
Open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty are the two main types that are performed. The closed technique uses small incisions inside your nose to access and modify the structure of your nose. This is the less invasive of the two techniques and cannot achieve quite the same degree of improvement. It is generally harder to properly access and modify the structure of your nose with this method.
Open rhinoplasty involves a small incision placed on your columella and other incisions placed on the inside of the nose. This method allows for much better access to the nasal structures. Dr. Rammos will take cartilage from the septum to reshape and reconstruct the nose. This creates the optimal results for your rhinoplasty procedure.
Preparing For Your Rhinoplasty Surgery
As with any other major procedure, you should stop taking any medication and supplements that increase your risk of bleeding at least two weeks before your procedure. Always check with your primary care doctor before you stop taking any medication.
Recovering from Rhinoplasty Surgery
Your nose will taped and in a splint immediately after your rhinoplasty procedure. The splint and tape will be removed at the first follow-up appointment you have. Internal splints inside your nose will also be removed. You might have black eyes if the nasal bones had to be moved during your procedure. This will go away over time within a couple weeks. Breathing through the nose may still be possible immediately after your procedure, but swelling may block the nasal passages. This will also go away over time within a couple weeks of having the surgery.
It is completely normal to have nasal swelling for a substantial amount of time after your procedure is performed. You will have to be patient as the swelling decreases over a long period of time. The swelling is often most noticeable for three months, and can last for around a year at most. The nasal tip is the most prone to substantial swelling and usually takes the most time to heal. Swelling can subside in a non-symmetrical way and make one side of your nose appear more swollen. This is not concerning and is a very normal part of the recovery process for a rhinoplasty procedure.