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Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is frequently done to correct structural problems, but it’s also one of the top five cosmetic procedures for patients who are unhappy with the way their nose looks. The doctors at SLENT, in Slidell, Hammond, Metairie, and Mandeville, Louisiana, have extensive experience performing successful rhinoplasty, crafting a new appearance for your nose, and creating the results you hope to achieve. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices or use the online booking feature.
Rhinoplasty Q & A
What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is the name of a surgical procedure to fix aesthetic and structural problems with your nose. You may choose rhinoplasty to change the appearance of your nose, correct a birth defect, or repair damage following an injury.
The doctors at SLENT perform cosmetic rhinoplasty to:
- Reduce the size of your nose
- Straighten a crooked nose
- Change the width of the bridge
- Change the size or shape of your nostrils
- Remove a bump on the bridge of your nose
- Eliminate a depression on the bridge of your nose
- Reshape the tip of your nose if it’s too large, upturned, or hooked
Rhinoplasty is also the procedure to choose if you want your nose to look more symmetrical.
Who is a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
Most patients who are in good health can consider rhinoplasty, but there’s one exception: Your nasal structures must be fully developed. The nasal tissues don’t finish growing until the age of 15-16 years in girls and 17-18 in boys. If you get rhinoplasty too early, it can interfere with the normal growth of your nose.
How is rhinoplasty performed?
Rhinoplasty is performed using two types of procedures: closed and open. When you have a closed procedure, your doctor at SLENT makes the incision inside your nose. While this is the preferred method, complex surgeries may need an open rhinoplasty.
Your surgeon does an open rhinoplasty by making an incision in the skin between your nostrils. This procedure creates a scar, but it’s small and placed in the natural contour of your nose where it’s virtually invisible.
The procedure to repair your nose typically includes sculpting the bone and cartilage to create your desired shape. Depending on the changes being made, your doctor at SLENT may use additional cartilage, which is taken from your ear, nasal septum, or other areas of your body.
What should I expect after rhinoplasty?
It’s normal to have bruising and swelling for several days. Your doctor places a splint on your nose to protect the tissues while they heal, but you’ll still need to avoid strenuous activities.
It only takes a few days for most patients to feel better, then you can return to your normal activities in about a week. However, it can take a year or longer for full healing to occur and for the tissues to stabilize in their new position.
If you’re interested in changing the features of your nose, call SLENT or schedule an appointment online.
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