Many people feel self-conscious about the size or shape of their nose. Heredity determines how our nose grows, but past injuries can also negatively impact its appearance or cause difficulty breathing. Nose surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, can correct the nasal structure, reshaping the nose to bring it into balance with the other features of the face while alleviating breathing difficulties.
Dr. Lee B. Daniel is a board-certified plastic surgeon known as one of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in Eugene.
Dr. Daniel, with his team at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, has helped women and men improve their appearance with his personalized approach to cosmetic surgery for the face.
The first and most important step toward ensuring your ideal nose shape is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Daniel. This is the perfect time to discuss your goals for nose surgery, ask any questions you may have, and learn about Dr. Daniel’s recommendations for the best approach.
Candidates for rhinoplasty often have:
Misshapen contours from previous nasal fracture
A nose that is disproportionate in size
Visible bumps or depressions on the bridge of your nose
An enlarged, drooping, hooked or upturned nasal tip
Breathing problems caused by a deviated septum
Dr. Daniel can create a more balanced, better-shaped nose by removing or restructuring the cartilage, improving the appearance and function of your nose.
If the appearance of the nose seems more prominent due to having a weak chin as well, Dr. Daniel may suggest undergoing a more conservative rhinoplasty in combination with chin augmentation instead. Additionally, some patients may be candidates for temporary nasal reshaping with a nonsurgical nose job, which uses injectable fillers to even out nasal contours.
Nose surgery requires about 2 to 3 hours of operating time under general anesthesia.
To reshape the nose, Dr. Daniel makes a small incision at the base of the nose along the narrow tissue separating the nostrils or inside the nose.
The soft tissue is raised away from the cartilage and bone in order to alter the structure of the nose. Excess cartilage may be removed. In some cases, cartilage may be grafted from another area of the body to shape the nasal profile. To alter nostril size, a tiny incision is made along the natural crease of the nostril.
Some aching, swelling, and congestion is normal during your recovery.
Recovery time after nose surgery may vary depending on your procedure but normally lasts around two weeks. Splints or tubes are inserted into the nose to support its new structure during healing for the first week. After two weeks, inflammation and bruising should be minimal enough that casual observers wouldn’t notice. Dr. Daniel can also prescribe medications to help you control any discomfort.
Most people are able to return to work within seven to 10 days after rhinoplasty surgery, but you should avoid strenuous exercise for three to four weeks after surgery. Although your new nose shape should be apparent after the first month, your results may continue to settle over the next 12 months.
Nose surgery is as much about bringing all the facial features into better harmony as it is about directly reshaping the nose. After rhinoplasty, many people also notice that it’s easier to breathe more freely in addition to feeling less self-conscious about their appearance.
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Before you commit to rhinoplasty, a consultation with Dr. Daniel will be required to enable you both to discuss your reasons for wanting nose surgery and the issues you wish to resolve. Some of the more common reasons for rhinoplasty include:
Generally, you will need to be in good health before nose surgery can be carried out, but your individual circumstances can be discussed during the consultation.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Daniel will discuss your individual circumstances and what you should be doing in order to prepare for your nose surgery. This will normally include advice such as discontinuing use of any medication which may affect blood clotting or increase your risk of bleeding heavily after the procedure – ibuprofen and aspirin will both be on this list.
If you smoke, you should stop at least a month before surgery and not resume for at least a month afterward. Giving up smoking completely would be preferable as, aside from the usual harmful effects, it could delay your healing significantly.
Your rhinoplasty will be carried out under general anesthetic and will normally take between 2 and 3 hours to complete. During this time, Dr. Daniel will make a small incision either at the base of the nose, along the tissue separating the nostrils, or inside the nose, depending on the specifics of your nose surgery.
Soft tissue is then raised away from the cartilage and bone in order to improve the shape of the nose, while excess cartilage may be removed. Where the structure of the nose is to be altered, cartilage may be transferred from elsewhere. Once the rhinoplasty is complete, a nasal splint or tube will normally be inserted in order to maintain shape during healing.
Everyone heals at a different rate, but the average recovery time following rhinoplasty is around 2 weeks. Splints or tubes will be inserted into the nose to maintain the new shape for the first 7 to 10 days.
Depending on the nature of your job, you should be able to return to work after around a week or 10 days, but strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided for around 4 weeks post-surgery.
During nose surgery recovery, you may find that you experience some congestion or slight difficulty with breathing, but this is entirely normal and should settle within a few weeks after your rhinoplasty.
As there will be some swelling following your nose surgery, you will not be able to see the full results immediately. As the swelling starts to disappear, you can begin to enjoy your newly reshaped nose, with the majority of the results generally visible after the first month. Depending on the extent of your rhinoplasty, you may find that your nose continues to settle for the first year post-surgery.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lee Daniel is trusted by people who want a meticulous, deeply caring doctor.