Are you unhappy with the size or shape of your nose? Do you feel that it’s too big for your face shape, or that the bump on the nose bridge is causing you to feel self-conscious? Perhaps you have difficulty breathing through your nose or chronic sinus problems that you’d like to alleviate? Rhinoplasty*, or nose reshaping surgery, has the ability to solve all of these problems, and more. Whether your reason for changing your nose’s shape is aesthetic or functional, or whether you want dramatic or more subtle results, a rhinoplasty procedure can help you to achieve these goals.
*It is recommended that rhinoplasty patients be at least 13 years old to ensure that their facial growth is complete before undergoing this surgery.
What Issues Can Rhinoplasty Address?
Would you like to know if you’d be a good candidate for rhinoplasty? The rhinoplasty** procedure can be used to address the following:
- Changing the width or length of the nose
- Reshaping the nasal tip (i.e., when it is drooping, bulbous, etc.)
- Fixing nostril size (i.e., when nostrils are large, wide, etc.)
- Humps or depressions on the nasal bridge
- Breathing difficulties as a result of the nasal structure
**Prior to having rhinoplasty, talk to Dr. McAllister about the medications and vitamins you are taking. Certain medications that increase the risk of bleeding such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (e.g., ibuprofen) and some vitamins/homeopathic regimens should be discontinued prior to any elective surgery. Also, if you are a smoker, it is recommended that you stop smoking well in advance of the surgery, as smoking can affect your body’s ability to heal.
How is the Rhinoplasty Procedure Performed?
Dr. McAllister performs rhinoplasty as an outpatient procedure. Based on the surgical needs of the patient and their facial structure, the procedure can take anywhere from one to several hours, depending on the extent of work needed.
Using an incision made at the underside of the nose, between the two nostrils, Dr. McAllister will lift the skin off of the nose and reshape the nasal cartilage. Once this has been accomplished, he will redrape the skin over the nasal structure and use sutures to close the incisions. He will then place a splint over the nose, which will need to be worn for the first week of the recovery period.
What Can You Expect During Rhinoplasty Recovery?
For the first week of recovery, you will have surgical dressings placed inside the nose along with a splint to hold your nose in place while it heals. There will be a small amount of drainage, including blood and mucus, for the first few days. And since your nose will be swollen after surgery, you will have limited nasal breathing during this time. Sleep with your upper body elevated by pillows to help the swelling go down. It is also recommended that you avoid blowing your nose for the first two weeks.
You will have pain medication prescribed to you to help with any discomfort, and ensure that your recovery is as comfortable as possible. Aspirin, ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory medicines should be avoided, however, as they may increase the risk of bleeding. To ensure a healthy recovery, it is also important to refrain from smoking during this period, since smoking adversely affects your body’s ability to heal itself. Strenuous exercise and actions that involve bending over or lifting heavy objects should be avoided for several weeks after surgery. Despite these restrictions, Dr. McAllister’s rhinoplasty patients are typically able to return to work one week after their surgery.
Bring Balance to Your Face with Rhinoplasty
To learn more about the rhinoplasty procedure performed by Dr. McAllister, or to schedule a rhinoplasty consultation with the doctor, call Coastal Plastic Surgery Institute at 850-233-7674.