Every year, half a million people who are interested in improving the appearance of their noses seek consultation with facial plastic surgeons. Some are unhappy with the noses they were born with, and some with the way aging has changed their nose. For others, an injury may have distorted the nose, or the goal may be improved breathing. But one thing is clear: nothing has a greater impact on how a person looks than the size and shape of the nose. Because the nose is the most defining characteristic of the face, a slight alteration can greatly improve one’s appearance.
If you have wondered how cosmetic nasal surgery, or rhinoplasty, could improve your looks, self-confidence, or health, you need to know how rhinoplasty is performed and what you can expect. No web site can answer all your concerns, but this one can provide answers to many of the questions you may have.
Successful facial plastic surgery is a result of good rapport between patient and surgeon. Trust, based on realistic expectations and exacting medical expertise, develops in the consulting stages before surgery. Dr. Pippin can answer specific questions about your specific needs.
Is Rhinoplasty For You?
As with all facial plastic surgery, good health and realistic expectations are prerequisites. Understanding nose surgery is also critical. Since there is no ideal in rhinoplasty, the goal is to improve the nose aesthetically, making it harmonize better with other facial features.
Skin type, ethnic background, and age are important factors to be considered in discussions with Dr. Pippin prior to surgery. Before the nose is altered, a young patient must reach full growth, usually around age fifteen or sixteen. Exceptions are cases in which breathing is severely impaired.
Making the Decision for Rhinoplasty
Whether the surgery is desired for functional or cosmetic reasons, your choice of a Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon and Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon is of paramount importance. Dr. Pippins training in head and neck surgery, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery provides you, the patient, with the highest level of training and expertise. Dr. Pippin will examine will also discuss factors that may influence the outcome of the surgery, such as skin type, ethnic background, age, degree of deformity, and degree of function of nasal structures.
You can expect a thorough explanation of Dr. Pippin’s expectations and the risks involved in surgery. Following a joint decision by you and Dr. Pippin to proceed with cosmetic nasal surgery, Dr. Pippin will take photographs of you and discuss the options available. Dr. Pippin will explain how the nasal structures, including bone and cartilage, can be sculpted to reshape the nose and indicate how reshaping the chin, for example, could enhance the desired results.
After conducting a thorough medical history, Dr. Pippin will offer information regarding anesthesia, the surgical facility to be used.
Understanding the Surgery
The definition of rhinoplasty is, literally, shaping the nose. First, incisions are made and the skin of the nose is lifted from its underlying bone and cartilage support system. The majority of incisions are made inside the nose, where they are invisible. In some cases, an incision is made in the area of skin separating the nostrils.
Next, certain amounts of underlying bone and cartilage are removed or rearranged to provide a newly shaped structure. For example, when the tip of the nose is too large, Dr. Pippin can sculpt the cartilage in this area to reduce it in size. The angle of the nose in relation to the upper lip can be altered for a more youthful look or to correct a distortion.
The skin is then re draped over the new frame and the incisions are closed. A splint is applied to the outside of the nose to help retain the new shape while the nose heals. Soft, absorbent material may be used inside the nose to maintain stability along the dividing wall of the air passages called the septum. Risk factors in rhinoplasty are generally minor, and Dr. Pippin will discuss these prior to surgery..
What to Expect After Surgery
Immediately after surgery, a small splint will be placed on your nose to protect it and to keep the structure stable for at least five to eight days.
No packing . Your face will feel puffy,especially the first day after surgery.
Pain medication may be required. Dr. Pippin will advise you to avoid blowing your nose for seven days after surgery. In the immediate days following surgery, you may experience bruising and minor swelling in the eye area.
Cold compresses often reduce the bruising and discomfort. Absorbable sutures are usually used that do not have to be removed. Nasal dressing and splints are usually removed six or seven days after surgery.
It is crucial that you follow Dr. Pippin directions, especially instructions to keep your head elevated for a certain period after surgery. Some activities will be prohibited in the weeks after the procedure.
Sun exposure, exertion, and risk of injury must be avoided. If you wear glasses, special arrangements must be made to ensure that the glasses do not rest on the bridge of the nose.
Tape and other devices are sometimes used to permit wearing glasses without stressing the area where surgery was performed.
Follow-up care is vital for this procedure to monitor healing. Obviously, anything unusual should be reported to Dr. Pippin immediately. It is essential that you keep your follow-up appointments with Dr. Pippin.
Insurance does not generally cover surgery that is purely for cosmetic reasons. Surgery to correct or improve nasal function or surgery for major deformity or injury may be reimbursable in whole or in part. It is the patient’s responsibility to check with the insurance carrier for information on the degree of coverage
Sinus Surgery New Orleans
Sinus surgery New Orleans patients choose most often helps relieve nasal obstruction, difficult breathing and general discomfort caused by irregular sinus problems. It’s important to choose an expert medical professional like Dr. Pippin to reassure patients of complete success of sinus surgery procedures.
Patients should seek counsel from Dr. Pippin when their sinus symptoms interfere with their daily activities. The surgical procedure is thoroughly discussed by doctor and patient prior to the actual procedure. Patients enter surgery fully confident of surgical quality and success.
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