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Rhinoplasty

What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that changes the appearance of the nose, repairs damage from trauma, and improves breathing. Whether the desired change is dramatic or subtle, a well-executed rhinoplasty can greatly improve your appearance and boost your self-esteem. In addition, the procedure can restore proper function to the nose, which can make you feel as good as you look. Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures performed today.

There is no such thing as a “perfect” nose – only an ideal nose for each patient. Unique facial features, personal tastes and ethnic considerations all influence whether or not your nose “fits” your face. A nose that is disproportionate in size or misshapen can be a source of significant dissatisfaction. Patients commonly complain that their nose is too wide, crooked, has a prominent hump, has a droopy or bulbous tip, is too big, or is too pointy. Even people who are pleased with the appearance of their nose can be extremely frustrated by an inability to breathe comfortably through it.

Choosing a Plastic Surgeon for Your Rhinoplasty
When selecting a rhinoplasty surgeon, it is important to look for a doctor that understands the intricacies of nasal surgery. Rhinoplasty is one of the pillars of Dr. Daines’ surgical practice. With dual Board Certification in Otolaryngology (ENT Surgery) and Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Daines has completed rigorous training that emphasized both cosmetic and reconstructive correction of the nose. He is recognized as a gifted rhinoplasty surgeon, capable of dealing with even the most challenging cases to produce the best possible results.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Daines will discuss with you your aesthetic and functional concerns, identify the variables that need surgical correction, and develop a customized surgical plan to sculpt your nose to fit your face and frame. Dr. Daines’ ultimate objective when performing rhinoplasty is to achieve a natural, balanced, and enduring result.

In some cases, Dr. Daines may determine chin augmentation surgery may be a valuable adjunct to rhinoplasty in patients seeking to achieve a balanced facial profile. Often, what is perceived as a nose that is too large for the face is actually a combination of a large nose and a weak chin. By simultaneously augmenting the chin and sculpting the nose, an aesthetically pleasing profile can be achieved.

Recovery Facts
Post-operative discomfort is generally mild and can be easily managed with oral pain medication. The nasal passages will be obstructed the first night, resulting in the need to breathe through your mouth. Some patients find this makes for a restless first night, although pain medication and elevation of the head may help.

Mild to moderate bruising and swelling will last about a week. Subtle swelling will remain for a couple of months, especially in the tip of the nose. The splint on the bridge of the nose will be removed after a week, but work and regular activities can be resumed before then. Strenuous activities and contact sports can usually be restarted in 3 weeks. If an external incision was made, the concealed scar will fade and disappear over several weeks. Complete healing can take 6-12 months.

To learn more about recovery from rhinoplasty, download our patient instruction handout here.

Insurance Facts
Insurance policies do not cover Rhinoplasty performed for purely cosmetic reasons. However, if the surgery is reconstructive or aimed at improving breathing, some or all of the surgery may be covered.

Rhinoplasty offers a variety of benefits to patients, which is why it is one of the more performed plastic surgery procedures today. To find out if Rhinoplasty is right for you, contact Daines Plastic Surgery at 949-397-6499.

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After
The results were amazing! Not only did he straighten my nose, I can now breathe better, sleep better and have less allergies! On top of being extremely trustworthy, Dr. Daines and his staff are all very friendly. They each made an effort to get to know me and made sure I felt welcomed every time I walked in the door. I never thought I would say that I enjoyed a Doctor's visit, but I truly did. -Victoria B

Procedure Details

Rhinoplasty is usually done under general anesthesia in an outpatient surgery center and takes between two and three hours to complete. First, small incisions are made inside the nose and sometimes across the skin between the nostrils. Portions of cartilage are removed, added or rearranged, and then sculpted to create the nose’s newly desired shape.

If additional support is required to rebuild the framework of the nose, cartilage grafts are usually taken from the nasal septum or (less often) from the ear or rib. The nasal bones are then repositioned if necessary. The incisions are closed with fine sutures and an external protective splint is applied. A non-stick sponge is left inside the nostrils overnight in lieu of traditional nasal packing.

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