The nose is unique in that it is not only crucial for breathing but is also a centerpiece of our face, playing an important role in our appearance and self identity. Rhinoplasty surgery aims to reshape the nose in a way that improves both the function and the appearance of the nose. No two noses are the same, since the nose comprises a three-dimensional construct of skin, bone and cartilage that can vary widely in size, shape, strength and thickness. A rhinoplasty may be performed to correct a congenital defect, to repair an injury, to improve breathing, or to improve a patient's appearance. Dr Delaney and his team at Huntington ENT approach every rhinoplasty surgery by tailoring the treatment plan to each patient's needs and desires, working within the confines of that patient’s anatomy.
During rhinoplasty, the surgeon may attempt to do one or more of the following:
- Remove a hump
- Modify the bridge
- Reshape the tip
- Reshape or resize the nostrils
- Repair an injury
- Open breathing passages
- Increase or decrease size
Rhinoplasty is a surgery that most prospective patients contemplate for years before seeking a consultation with a surgeon. This can be one of the most daunting surgeries to consider but also the most rewarding. At Huntington ENT, we can perform computer morphing imaging to provide a simulation of what our goals for surgery will be. This will help further ensure that Dr. Delaney’s and the patient’s visions are congruent.
Candidates for Cosmetic rhinoplasty usually have considered having the surgery for a while and can describe the specific changes that he or she would like to see. It is important to wait until your facial skeleton has matured before undergoing rhinoplasty. Typically this is around age 16 in females and 18 in males. Although undergoing rhinoplasty may boost self-confidence, it should not be viewed as a cure-all for personality or relationship issues, and should not be the result of social pressure. Patients considering rhinoplasty should be in overall good health and are not actively smoking.
It is important that candidates have realistic expectations about what rhinoplasty can do. Dr. Delaney will be able to discuss with you what he believes will be a realistic outcome.
Rhinoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. The duration of the surgery will depend on the complexity of the surgery. There are two methods for performing a rhinoplasty: open and closed. Dr. Delaney will choose the appropriate procedure for each individual patient. For a patient with a deviated septum, it is often performed along with septoplasty, a procedure that corrects a deviated septum.
What are the possible risks of rhinoplasty?
Complications arising from a rhinoplasty are rare and, when they do occur, usually minor. These may include infection, nosebleed, or a reaction to the anesthesia. Some few patients may experience recurring nosebleed or numbness in or around the nose. On rare occasions, the nasal septum may be perforated, but this can be repaired. In general, a rhinoplasty is considered a very safe surgical procedure.
What is the recovery from a rhinoplasty like?
Immediately after surgery, your nose and eyes are usually bruised and swollen. Splints and some packing material will remain inside your nose for a few days. During this period, you may experience some nasal pain or a dull headache, as well as some bleeding and drainage from your nose. Most patients are comfortable enough to return to regular activities in about a week. Contact lenses can be worn immediately after the procedure, but glasses may need to be taped to your forehead or propped on your cheeks for up to seven weeks.
Will insurance cover your rhinoplasty?
Insurance may cover the cost of your rhinoplasty if the surgery is being done as a reconstructive or medically necessary procedure. If you are having a rhinoplasty for purely cosmetic reasons, insurance will not cover the cost.