What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is the medical term for a “nose job.” It is a cosmetic surgery operation that changes the appearance, shape, and/or size of the nose. It can make a huge improvement to facial appearance and can greatly enhance facial harmony, balance and shape.
How is Nose Surgery Performed?
Dr. Saunders uses the latest techniques for his rhinoplasty or nose job. This involves meticulous suturing technique and preservation of key cartilage areas. By carefully sculpting the nose, a natural and attractive cosmetic result can often be achieved and over-done results are avoided. Internal problems with the septum or breathing problems can be addressed with a septoplasty. This operation is designed to improve breathing and straighten the nose. It is best done at the time of the rhinoplasty and the combined operation is called a septo-rhinoplasty.
Dr. Saunders also uses computer imaging to help patients see what surgery can achieve for them. A digital photo is taken and the size and shape of the nose is altered to create a new image. The program can give an honest and true representation of what the person could look like after rhinoplasty. However, patients must understand that the “real reality” of rhinoplasty is that it is not as simple as using a computer program and morphing the nose; the results can vary from what the computer shows the patient. Patients must keep in mind that the computer is a tool to help see what the surgery might do for a patient.
Recovery from Rhinoplasty Surgery
The recovery from a rhinoplasty typically involves minimal pain despite the fear of “breaking of bones.” Significant bruising and swelling does occur in the area around the nose and in particular the eyes. The resolution of bruising and swelling typically takes between one and two weeks after surgery.