Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is a procedure to correct or improve the appearance of you nose. While there is no upper age limit for having rhinoplasty, patients may be advised to wait until they are 14 or 15 (when the nose is fully developed) before undergoing rhinoplasty.
Dr. Rick Rosen performs rhinoplasty procedures for patients in Fairfield County, Norwalk, Westport, Weston, Darien, New Canaan, New Haven, Fairfield, Stamford, Greenwich, Bridgeport, and Westchester County.
Sometimes breathing problems related to the internal nasal structures can be corrected at the same time as rhinoplasty. It is important to have a clear idea of how you would like your nose to look as well as know there are some limitations to cosmetic nasal surgery.
The rhinoplasty procedure can be performed as an outpatient in the office or surgical center, and takes approximately 60 – 90 minutes.
Dr. Rosen may ask whether you have difficulty breathing through your nose, suffer from allergies or use nasal spray excessively.
In evaluating you for rhinoplasty, Dr. Rosen will examine your nose both internally and externally. Skin quality as well as the size and shape of your nose must be carefully studied. Sometimes, chin augmentation may be suggested so that a more pleasing facial balance can be achieved.
With rhinoplasty, work is done on the cartilage and bone that form the structure of your nose. Sometimes, certain bones may need to be altered in order to make your nose look narrower and straighter. If your nose needs to be augmented, this can be accomplished using cartilage from your nose or cartilage from another part of the body. The skin and soft tissues will re-position themselves over the new form of your nose.
In most cases, the incisions will be placed inside your nose so they will not be visible. If the base of the nose is narrowed or the nostrils reduced, small pieces of skin below the nostrils will be removed. External incisions are well hidden in the crease where the nose and cheek join.
In an open rhinoplasty, a short incision is made across the columella that separates the nostrils.
Skin numbness after rhinoplasty may occur but is usually temporary. Bruising should be gone after a week and you can use concealing makeup if you wish. Swelling, however, can last a number of weeks or months though residual swelling usually affects just the nasal tip.
Complications are not common, and will be discussed during your consultation visit.
For more information about plastic surgeon Rick Rosen or our plastic surgery procedures, including Rhinoplasty, please e-mail or call our Connecticut plastic surgery staff at 203-899-0000. With our plastic surgery office located in Norwalk, Connecticut, we serve rhinoplasty patients in Fairfield County, Norwalk, Westport, Weston, Darien, New Canaan, New Haven, Fairfield, Stamford, Greenwich, Bridgeport, and Westchester County.