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Rhinoplasty

91 East Avenue, Norwalk Connecticut 06851

203.899.0000

Nose Surgery

The center of the face

The nose significantly impacts the balance of your facial features because it is the focal point of the face. Shape and length issues associated with the nose can affect the beautiful proportions many people strive to achieve with facial symmetry. To achieve facial harmony, Rhinoplasty focuses on making small, subtle changes to the shape of the nose so that it appears more attractive but is still in balance with the other facial features.

Achieved with Rhinoplasty

Improved Shape

Your nose can be poorly shaped for a variety of reasons. You may have been born with a crooked nose, or trauma could have caused your nasal structures to become crooked. Issues like nasal humps and wide nasal bridges can prevent you from having the attractive facial profile you desire.

Balanced Proportions

With nose surgery, it is important that changes are made with the other facial features in mind. Over-correction of the nose can result in just as poor an appearance as under-correction. Subtle changes to the nasal size and shape will ensure that your nose appears natural and balanced.

Improved Breathing

A crooked septum can impact your ability to breathe comfortably. People with a deviated septum have trouble breathing and often snore. Septal surgery can be performed in conjunction with aesthetic changes to the nose, restoring proper breathing functions.

Customizing Your Rhinoplasty

Consultation

  • The consultation is the first step of the rhinoplasty process and is necessary for Dr. Rosen to gain a full understanding of your aesthetic wants and needs.
  • Your medical history is reviewed to ensure that you are healthy enough to undergo surgery.
  • Dr. Rosen examines the nose internally and externally.
  • Skin thickness, nose shape, and nose size are carefully studied to determine the type of correction you require.
  • Dr. Rosen may recommend other surgical techniques, such as Chin Augmentation, to help restore facial balance.

Incision Options

  • Dr. Rosen determines the best incision option based on the type of correction you require.
  • Factors such as skin thickness and tip modification can impact the technique chosen.
    • Open – A small incision is created at the bottom of the nose on the columella (the small bridge between nostrils).
    • Closed – All incisions are placed within the nasal passages.

Nose Shaping

  • Shaving or alteration of the nasal bones helps the nose appear narrower and slimmer.
  • Removal of cartilage decreases the size of the nose.
  • Cartilage grafts help augment specific structures of the nose.
  • Correction of a drooping nasal tip improves nasal projection.
  • Wide-set nostrils can be decreased in width.

Surgical Process

  • Rhinoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure.
  • Predetermined incisions are created along the nose, providing Dr. Rosen with access to the underlying nasal structures.
  • The bones and cartilage are modified, and septal adjustments may be made to improve breathing issues.
  • The skin is draped over the new nasal structures, and a small cast is put in place. Most of Dr. Rosen’s patients don’t require nasal packing.

Additional Information

The more you know

Recovery

The procedure is performed under a light general anesthesia. The nasal cast is worn for one week, and you may experience some slight bruising during this time. Once the cast is removed, you will still need to modify your activities to prevent injury to the nose.

Most people can return to work or school after seven to 10 days. Glasses must be worn carefully, especially if heavy. If glasses are necessary, Dr. Rosen will recommend techniques to prevent them from applying pressure to the healing structures of your nose. While most major swelling resolves within a month, the final quality of your results can still develop over the next year, depending on the thickness of your skin.


Scars

The closed technique will result in no visible scarring, and the open technique may leave a slight scar at the base of the nose that can be easily covered with makeup. Most patients aren’t bothered by the small scar, which fades over time.


Cost

A detailed quote will be provided during your consultation with Dr. Rosen. The type of correction required will impact the final cost of your surgery.


Pain

Dr. Rosen’s minimal manipulation of the nasal structures results in minimal postoperative discomfort. Oral medication can be used during the first several days of your recovery to control any pain that may develop.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How old should I be before I undergo rhinoplasty?

The nasal structures should be fully formed before you consider surgery. While the age of maturation varies between teens and sexes, most people can start to consider surgery between 15 and 18 years of age.

Do rhinoplasty results last forever?

For the most part, yes. The changes created during rhinoplasty are permanent. While the aging process can have an impact on your appearance, it will have little impact on the quality of your results.

What risks are associated with rhinoplasty?

Your risk of complications following rhinoplasty is relatively low. As with all surgeries, you do pose some risk for infection, bleeding, and numbness. Once you are healed, there is almost no risk of future complications.

Rick Rosen, MD, FACS

91 East Avenue, Norwalk
Connecticut 06851

Phone: 203.899.0000

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