RHINOPLASTY (NOSE RESHAPING)
Who is a candidate for a rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is one of the most common facial cosmetic procedures. The nose is the centerpiece of the face, so deformities are often quite noticeable to those requesting treatment. Nose surgery can be done to improve both form and function, but they often go hand in hand. For example, deviations in the septum (the partition between the two sides of the nose) can often create a crooked tip or base of the nose. Dr. Saxon has particular expertise in rhinoplasty, and having a background in Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery) allows her to refine the nose while maintaining the structure to keep you breathing normally after your surgery. No matter what parts of your nose you would like to change, Dr. Saxon aims to create a natural appearance to help your nose blend in with the rest of your face without a “done” look.
What are common reasons why patients get a rhinoplasty?
- Dorsal hump – a bump on top of the nose
- Flat dorsum – the top of the nose is too flat
- Bulbous tip – the tip of the nose is too wide
- Crooked nose – either congenital or from a broken nose in the past
- Overprojected tip – The tip of the nose comes out too far from the face
- Wide nostrils – the bottom of the nose is too wide making the entire nose look larger
- Breathing issues
What is recovery like after rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a day surgery, meaning patients go home after a brief recovery in the post anesthesia care unit. Dr. Saxon utilizes nerve blocks with long-acting anesthetics which helps patients stay comfortable both the day of surgery and beyond. Although pain medication is given, most patients only take them for a day or two and transition to Tylenol or ibuprofen. Most describe their nose as being sore but not unbearable. A cast is placed on the nose for a week, and congestion lasts several days to several weeks after surgery. For the most part, Dr. Saxon does not use packing material inside the nose which makes recovery much more tolerable. We usually recommend that patients take one week off of work following surgery, but many feel well enough to do some work from home if need be.