Rhinoplasty in Raleigh, NC
Nothing alters facial structure as much as the shape and size of your nose. Unfortunately, many men and women have significant genetic or injury-related nasal concerns.
Cosmetic nose surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to enhance the appearance of your nose. For some patients, it can also improve their ability to breathe, especially if the person suffers from a deviated septum or other structural abnormality.
The nose is the face’s focal point and has a powerful effect on your overall facial balance. Because of the role your nose plays in your appearance, even minor surgical adjustments can dramatically impact the way you look and feel.
Specialists in Plastic Surgery are board-certified plastic surgeons who provide rhinoplasty for individuals in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Why Should I Choose Specialists in Plastic Surgery for Rhinoplasty
With over 75 years of combined experience in cosmetic surgery, Specialists in Plastic Surgery is known throughout North Carolina as leaders in their field.
Many of our Raleigh Rhinoplasty patients have been referred to us by other area doctors and physicians. Our board-certified plastic surgeons are committed to providing the highest quality cosmetic surgeries, including cosmetic nose surgery.
Is Rhinoplasty Right for You?
The best candidates for rhinoplasty are in good overall health, don’t smoke, and have realistic expectations about what cosmetic nose surgery involves and how it can benefit them.
Rhinoplasty can address:
- Large noses
- Small noses
- Dorsal humps (often called a “bump” on the bridge of the nose)
- Thick, droopy, or enlarged tips of the nose
- Large nostrils
- Asymmetrical noses
- Crooked noses
- Breathing difficulties
Rhinoplasty can also treat injuries to the face caused by trauma, disease, or previous surgeries.
Both men and women can benefit from the procedure. Patients must be old enough to have completed facial growth, which means they have reached at least 14 years of age. However, the surgeon will need to consult with each patient individually to assess their candidacy.
See Your Potential Results Before Surgery With 3D Imaging
In many cases, it is difficult for patients considering rhinoplasty to envision the expected outcome. Fortunately, planning and approximating the results with our advanced technology has made this much easier.
During your consultation, you will have a chance to see your potential rhinoplasty results with our state-of-the-art VECTRA® 3D imaging system.
This advanced technology captures six photos from different angles at the same time to create a 3D image that will show you how your new nose is expected to look.
We achieve this by combining your facial anatomy with our specialist’s vision for your nose, which is based on the personal goals you share with him.
A nose that is humped, wide, or crooked should be seen from several viewpoints to understand what needs to be reshaped. With the VECTRA® imaging system, we can analyze the angles of your nose as the image rotates.
The treatment plan can then be adjusted based on your preferences and the doctor’s recommendation.
If you would like to learn more about rhinoplasty and how you can benefit, contact Raleigh’s Specialists in Plastic Surgery.
What Are the Benefits of Rhinoplasty?
Choosing to address the concerns you have over the appearance of your nose can have a significant impact on your life.
Cosmetic nose surgery offers the following aesthetic and health benefits:
- Changes the size of your nose
- Reshapes your nostrils
- Recontours the tip of your nose
- Reduces the bridge of the nose
- Improves the balance of your facial features and overall facial aesthetic
- Corrects a deviated septum
- Improves breathing and reduces sinus symptoms
- Can sometimes reduce snoring and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
How Should I Prepare for Cosmetic Nose Surgery?
You will have to undergo some simple lab testing prior to surgery. You will be instructed to stop taking any anti-inflammatory medications, blood thinners, aspirin, and most supplements for a few days before your procedure.
If you smoke, you’ll need to stop for at least four weeks before and after your surgery, as smoking constricts the blood vessels, can lead to blood clots, and inhibit healing.
You will also need to plan for someone to drive you to and from the surgery as you will not be able to drive.
All of this will be discussed with you during your consultation.
How Is Rhinoplasty Performed?
When you have nose surgery, it will require general or local anesthesia in an outpatient surgical setting.
We begin by making incisions within the nostrils (closed rhinoplasty) or across the base of the nose (open rhinoplasty). We will then separate the skin from the underlying soft cartilage and bone. Specialized tools will help your doctor reshape the underlying structure of your nose.
After nose reshaping, all incisions are closed with sutures. A cotton dressing or soft nasal splints will be inserted into your nasal passage, and an external splint will be placed to support and protect your nose.
What Other Cosmetic Surgeries Can Be Combined With Rhinoplasty?
If you have other cosmetic facial concerns, you might opt to add another surgery to your procedure. Any of the following cosmetic surgeries may be performed in addition to your rhinoplasty.
After Your Nose Surgery
What Is Recovery Like for Rhinoplasty?
You will need to stay home and keep your head elevated in the days following surgery to minimize swelling. The bruising and swelling will be their worst during this time, but after about a week or so, you will start to notice it slowly subside. Within a couple of weeks, the external bruising should resolve completely, and swelling should resolve gradually over the next two months.
You will need to wait 10 to 14 days before resuming normal activities and protect your nose from trauma. Strenuous activity should be avoided for several weeks.
What Risks Are Associated With Nose Surgery?
All surgical procedures, including rhinoplasty, carry risks, and your surgeon will discuss these with you during your consultation and at the time of your surgery. Some of the risks of rhinoplasty include infection, bleeding, changes in sensitivity, and asymmetry.
When Will I See My Rhinoplasty Results?
You should start to see the results of your nose surgery after a few weeks, but the results won’t be finalized until several months later due to internal swelling. Rhinoplasty results are considered final and permanent at one year.
Have More Questions About Rhinoplasty
Discomfort should be expected for a few days to a week after nose surgery. Prescription pain medications may be provided, but over-the-counter medicines are used in many cases.
The cost of rhinoplasty will depend on your nose, your location, and the skill and experience of your surgeon. An in-depth consultation is the best way to get an accurate price quote for your surgery.
We offer financing options to help you with the cost of your treatment.
If your surgery is considered reconstructive or medically necessary, it may be covered by insurance. However, as a purely cosmetic procedure, insurance will not cover the cost.
Revision or secondary rhinoplasty is designed to correct issues caused by complications during healing or mistakes made by another surgeon in a previous nose surgery.
As this is a more challenging procedure to perform than the initial rhinoplasty due to having less cartilage to manipulate, a highly skilled and experienced, board-certified surgeon should perform the revision.
Schedule Your Rhinoplasty Consultation Today!
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