A rhinoplasty is a procedure that reshapes and improves the appearance of your nose. Many Omaha patients decide on corrective surgery because they are unhappy with the appearance of their nose, but breathing problems can be corrected simultaneously with a septoplasty. Also known as a functional rhinoplasty, a septoplasty corrects a patient’s deviated septum and is usually covered by insurance.
Omaha patients who want to alter the cosmetic appearance of their nose can combine their procedure with a septoplasty for a nose that looks and functions better.* Cosmetic aspects of the nose that can be addressed include the:
- Bumps or depressions
- Nostril size and shape
- Tip of the nose that is too big (boxed tip) or hangs down (hanging tip).
All of these concerns correspond to certain nasal anatomy, and it can be difficult to communicate results. To help you envision your options, Dr. Ayoub will use TouchMD to simulate the results of surgery and review each step. After your consultation, you will be able to log into Touch MD to view the individualized treatment plan to help you decide.
Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty has been performed for decades and, with the right plastic surgeon, the results can be life changing.* There are two techniques for rhinoplasty:
- Open: The entire nasal structure is visible by making a vertical incision on the underside of the columella (tip of the nose). This gives your plastic surgeon a more accurate view as well as more access to certain aspects of the nose that you want to change. There will be a small scar after the incision has healed.
- Closed: A newer approach to rhinoplasty with limited ability to alter the structure of the nose. The only benefit is that there will be no visible scarring.
Dr. Ayoub prefers open rhinoplasty because it provides him with an overview of the nasal structure. In cases where bone and cartilage need to be reshaped, Dr. Ayoub has a clearer picture.
How Will My Rhinoplasty Be Performed?
Nasal surgery is very individualized, and you will need to have a consultation to know for sure what techniques will give you the results you desire. Rhinoplasty is an outpatient surgery performed under general anesthesia. The procedure can vary between a few hours and several hours, depending on what you’d like to change. Omaha patients who need a cartilage or bone will sometimes require a graft from other areas of the body to augment nasal structures.
Recovering from a Rhinoplasty
You will be able to go home the same day as your rhinoplasty, but someone will need to drive you and stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. In the first week after surgery it is normal for patients to experience:*
You will have a splint on the outside of your nose for one week.* If you have any septal work, you will also have splints inside your nose. You can return to work after one week, but you may still have bruising at that point.*
Should I Avoid Certain Activities After My Rhinoplasty?
While a rhinoplasty is a common plastic surgery procedure with low risks for complication, you will need time to heal. For the first several weeks after recovery you should avoid:
- Bending over
- Lifting heavy objects
- Blowing your nose
During your follow-up exams, Dr. Ayoub will inform you when you can resume these activities without affecting the results of your surgery.
When Will I Notice the Results of My Rhinoplasty?
The results from surgery are immediate, but full recovery and refinement generally takes one year.* As time passes, the appearance of your nose will continue to improve. Your face is the first thing people notice about you, and your nose plays a central role in the harmony of your facial features. Whether you have imperfections due to heredity or injury, rhinoplasty can improve the proportions of your face and increase your self-confidence.*
To schedule your free rhinoplasty consultation, call our Omaha office at 402.829.6384.