Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
Nose surgery, medically known as rhinoplasty, can help you improve both the form and function of the nose. If you have experienced self-consciousness or many years of low self-esteem because of the appearance of your nose, our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Scott Miller, can perform this procedure to restore balance among facial features with results that look natural. Rhinoplasty can also be helpful for patients with breathing problems due to nasal issues such as a deviated septum. Whether you are considering rhinoplasty for functional or cosmetic reasons, Dr. Miller offers advanced nose surgery procedures that can help you address your concerns and successfully meet your needs.
Benefits of Rhinoplasty
There is no single “perfect,” “designer” nose. Cosmetic nasal surgery simply brings the nose into harmony with the rest of the face. This can be accomplished by reducing overall size, removing a bump, narrowing or widening the sides of the nose, or improving the details of the nasal tip and the angle between the nose and upper lip. Unbalanced, crooked, or curved noses can be straightened and made more symmetrical. From a functional standpoint, breathing can be improved and a deviated septum can be corrected.
Dr. Scott Miller will meet with you for an initial consultation to discuss your needs and goals. During this meeting, he will explain all aspects of the rhinoplasty procedure, including the potential risks and benefits of treatment. Dr. Miller encourages you to ask any questions you may have, and he will be happy to address all of your concerns.
Working either from entirely inside the nose or with small incisions underneath the nose just before it meets the upper lip, Dr. Miller will carefully modify and reshape nasal bones and cartilage to create the desired results. Incisions made on the outside of the nose are strategically placed so that any residual scarring should be virtually undetectable.
Rhinoplasty usually takes between one to three hours to complete. After surgery, a cast is temporarily placed to maintain the new shape and protect the nose. Splints may also be inserted inside the nose for extra support.
Rhinoplasty can typically be performed on an outpatient basis.
Patients are usually up and around in a day or two following the rhinoplasty procedure, and any discomfort can be controlled with medication. Head elevation and cold compresses on the eyes for a brief period after surgery can minimize swelling and bruising. The splints and cast are typically removed within a week. Most bruising fades within 7 to 10 days, allowing an inconspicuous return to work and other daily activities. There will be subtle swelling of the nose, which recedes slowly over time. It’s important to be extra cautious about protecting the nose from harm during the recovery period.
The full benefits of rhinoplasty should become evident over the next several weeks and months. The final result can be a permanent improvement which lasts a lifetime!
View rhinoplasty before-and-after photos featuring some of our patients.
Please contact Dr. Scott Miller for more information on rhinoplasty, or to schedule a consultation. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.