What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty involves reshaping the nose’s bone, cartilage, and soft tissues. The procedure can address a variety of concerns, such as the size and shape of the nose, the width of the nasal bridge, the appearance of humps or depressions, and the shape of the nasal tip and nostrils. Beyond aesthetics, rhinoplasty can correct congenital defects, repair injuries, and resolve functional issues like a deviated septum that causes breathing difficulties.

What is the procedure?

A rhinoplasty procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia or sedation and can be approached in two ways:

Open rhinoplasty: Involves an incision across the columella (the strip of tissue separating the nostrils) for comprehensive access to the nasal structures.
Closed rhinoplasty: All incisions are made within the nostrils, resulting in no visible scarring.

The choice between open and closed rhinoplasty depends on the individual case and the extent of changes necessary for the patient.

Custom nose reshaping surgery at Louisiana ENT

Every nose is unique, so every rhinoplasty procedure must be tailored to the individual. Factors such as skin thickness, ethnic background, age, and overall facial structure are considered when planning the surgery. The goal is to create a nose that looks natural, enhances facial harmony, and meets the patient’s vision.

What to expect during a Rhinoplasty

The rhinoplasty process includes several stages:

  • Consultation: Discussion of goals, examination of the nose, and imaging to visualize potential outcomes.
  • Preparation: Instructions on avoiding certain medications and smoking to reduce risks and aid healing.
  • Surgery: Depending on complexity, the procedure may take one to three hours.
  • Recovery: Initial swelling and bruising subside within a few weeks, but subtle changes may continue for up to a year.

What is the recovery for a nose job?

Post-surgery, patients will have a splint on their nose to protect it and maintain the new shape. Nasal packs or soft splints may be placed inside the nostrils to stabilize the septum. Recovery typically involves:

  • Rest: Elevating the head during sleep to reduce swelling, with no vigorous motions or exercise.
  • Follow-up appointments: To remove splints and monitor healing.
  • Activity restrictions: Avoid strenuous activities and contact sports for several weeks.
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Are there any risks?

As with all surgeries, rhinoplasty has risks such as bleeding, infection, or an adverse reaction to anesthesia. Other potential complications include difficulty breathing through the nose, numbness, scarring, or a need for additional surgery. Selecting a skilled ear, nose, and throat surgeon reduces these risks.

Choosing the right surgeon

The success of a rhinoplasty procedure largely depends on the skill and experience of the surgeon. It’s a complex operation that requires a deep understanding of nasal anatomy and an eye for aesthetics. Patients should seek a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with a track record of successful outcomes.

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Why choose Louisiana ENT for Rhinoplasty

Louisiana ENT is home to some of the field’s most accomplished facial plastic surgeons, offering a blend of technical expertise and aesthetic artistry. Our surgeons are highly skilled in performing rhinoplasty procedures and are deeply committed to understanding and achieving each patient’s desired results. With decades of combined experience, our team ensures that the highest safety and quality standards are met, delivering personalized care that aims for natural and satisfying outcomes.

At Louisiana ENT, we believe that rhinoplasty is more than just altering the shape of your nose; it’s about enhancing your self-confidence and comfort in your skin. By choosing us, you’re partnering with a team that values communication, precision, and excellence in every aspect of your care. We’re dedicated to guiding you through the journey from the initial consultation to the final reveal, ensuring a supportive and transparent experience at every step.

Create a more appealing facial balance with Rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty can be a life-changing procedure, and at Louisiana ENT, we’re here to ensure that change is positive and fulfilling. We take pride in our ability to harmonize surgical precision with the individual beauty of each patient, crafting noses that complement and enhance natural facial features; if you’re considering rhinoplasty, trust our team to deliver the expertise, care, and results you deserve.

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