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Some people are self-conscious about the size, shape, or general appearance of their nose. With rhinoplasty, a person can safely and effectively achieve the look of their dreams. Rhinoplasty can restore balance and symmetry to a person’s facial features, refine the tip of a patient’s nose, and alter the size of the nostrils. The procedure has also been performed at our practice to partially or fully alleviate irregular breathing patterns and other respiratory problems. Keep reading to learn more about rhinoplasty, and please contact our office today if you would like to schedule a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon.

Rhinoplasty Candidates

Candidates for rhinoplasty are typically seeking to improve overall facial harmony while still maintaining a natural look. By resizing and reshaping the nose, other facial features such as the forehead, eyes, and chin can take on a more balanced appearance. Some common cosmetic concerns among rhinoplasty patients include:

  • A bump or hump on the ridge of the nose
  • A downward tilt of the nasal tip
  • Nostrils that are overly wide or narrow
  • A crooked or asymmetrical nose

Dr. Marcia V. Ormsby can use her aesthetic eye to recontour the nose and achieve beautiful results. Some rhinoplasty patients undergo this procedure to correct structural issues that impair proper breathing. In these cases, Dr. Ormsby can create a clear pathway through the nose and improve the patient’s ability to breath with ease. Rhinoplasty performed for this reason (septorhinoplasty) may be covered by the patient’s health insurance provider.

Some patients who visit our practice are seeking Dr. Ormsby’s help in improving the shape of the nose after an unsatisfactory rhinoplasty with another surgeon. Revision rhinoplasty can be a complicated procedure due to the scar tissue from the previous procedure. In these cases, Dr. Ormsby will take great care during the consultation process to understand why the previous surgery was unsatisfactory, note each remaining cosmetic concern of the patient, and design a treatment plan that can achieve the patient’s desired results.

Rhinoplasty Procedure

Since each person’s facial features are unique, every rhinoplasty procedure is custom-tailored to meet the individual’s needs and expectations. With the goal of improving overall facial harmony, factors that may impact the treatment plan include the patient’s age, height, skin type, skin thickness, and ethnicity. During the consultation process, Dr. Ormsby listens carefully to the patient’s goals to design a customized surgical approach that can ultimately achieve beautiful results.

The incisions for a rhinoplasty are carefully hidden in and around the nostrils, allowing patients to maintain a natural-looking appearance. During the procedure, Dr. Ormsby will reshape the underlying bone structure and cartilage, evening out any irregularities, correcting any impediment to easy breathing, and reshaping the nose to create a balanced, harmonious look. The duration of the procedure is typically 2-3 hours, depending upon the complexity of the surgical plan.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Some swelling, bruising, and discomfort are normal in the days following rhinoplasty surgery. Discomfort is typically very mild and can be managed with oral pain medication. Dr. Ormsby recommends patients keep their head elevated as much as possible during the first few days of recovery to reduce swelling and help facilitate the healing process. These side effects should dissipate within about 1-2 weeks of surgery, and patients typically return to work after one week. Makeup can be worn to conceal any minor bruising during this time. Strenuous activity should be avoided during the healing process to avoid complications. Although patients will notice an immediate change after surgery, the results of the procedure continue to improve over the course of the next several months. After the nose has healed, patients can fully enjoy their results.

For an idea of how Dr. Ormsby can improve the shape and size of your nose, please visit our gallery to view rhinoplasty before and after photos.

Schedule Your Rhinoplasty Surgery Consultation

If you are interested in learning more about rhinoplasty, contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Marcia V. Ormsby. If you are traveling from outside the area, arrangements can be made for you to stay locally as you recover.

Did You Know: Patients who have facial surgery with Dr. Ormsby also receive complimentary pre & post op skin care treatments with surgery – click here to learn about skin care treatments