Rhinoplasty

Cosmetic Nasal Surgery

The goal of cosmetic nasal surgery, or rhinoplasty, is to give your nose a natural, improved and un-operated appearance. When considering this surgery, patients often ask “will it be necessary to break my nose?” There is no one answer to this question that suits everybody. Everyone’s nose is different. Any decision as to whether this will be necessary can only be made when you have your evaluation. For some people it is not necessary while for others it is necessary to obtain the best result.

For patients with significant septal deviation, rhinoplasty can also be combined with septoplasty to help reduce symptoms of nasal airway obstruction. Rhinoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. Using modern techniques, packing after surgery is usually not necessary, and there is usually only mild swelling and discomfort.

Recovery after rhinoplasty varies between individuals. After rhinoplasty it is possible to have some swelling and bruising around your eyes. The majority of our patients only develop mild swelling and bruising. However a small number of patients may develop more noticeable swelling and bruising. Cool compresses during the day time reduce swelling and bruising. We do not recommend using these when you are sleeping. Sleeping on two to three pillows often helps to reduce swelling.

If your surgery involves your nasal bones you should not wear glasses until this has healed adequately. Wearing classes can alter the appearance of your healing nasal bones.

Most patients have only mild discomfort after rhinoplasty surgery and do not require any medication containing narcotics for pain. If you do take any medication containing narcotics do not drive or perform any hazardous activities until this wears off. After the procedure it is also possible to have some residual sedative effects. Therefore you should not drive or perform hazardous activities until these effects have cleared.

To reduce the risk of bleeding before and after surgery we advise you not to take aspirin, NSAIDS – Advil, Motrin, Alleve, Naprosyn, etc; vitamin E, or fishoil. Beverages that contain alcohol can impair the ability of your blood to clot. Therefore do not drink any beverages that contain alcohol until you have adequately healed.

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