Rhinoplasty, also referred to as nasal surgery or a nose job, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to alter the external appearance of the nose. The nose may be altered by reducing or increasing the overall size, removing a hump, decreasing the span of the nostrils, changing the tip of the nose, changing the bridge of the nose, or changing the angle between the upper lip and the nose. Good candidates for rhinoplasty include healthy patients who are looking to improve the appearance of the nose and have realistic goals which are achievable through surgery.
Dr. Moynihan performs Chicago rhinoplasty in an outpatient surgical center or hospital using IV sedation or general anesthesia. Depending on the complexity of the particular case, the procedure can take anywhere from one and a half to four hours to complete. The majority of procedures are performed with a closed rhinoplasty technique in which all incisions are confined to the inside of the nose. The open rhinoplasty technique involves incisions made on the inside of the nose along with a small incision made on the skin between the nostrils. Once the incisions are made, Dr. Moynihan uses cartilage-conserving techniques to refine the nose while allowing for an excellent functional result as well.
Recovery after rhinoplasty takes about seven days. Some swelling and bruising may occur around the eyes. Most of the noticeable swelling will fade in about two weeks. Any discomfort that patients experience can be controlled with medication. Dressings, splints and stitches are removed in about one week. Most patients can return to work in eight days. Light exercise may be resumed in about one week and more strenuous exercise in about two weeks.
- What is rhinoplasty? Rhinoplasty, also known as nasal surgery or a nose job, is a plastic surgery procedure which alters the external appearance of the nose. Changes may include a reduction or increase in the overall size, the removal of a hump, a change in the tip or the bridge of the nose, a change in the angle between the nose and upper lip, or a decrease in the width of the nostrils.
- Who is a good candidate for rhinoplasty? Healthy individuals who are seeking an improvement in the appearance of the nose may be good candidates for rhinoplasty. It’s essential that patients have realistic goals which can be achieved through surgery.
- What happens during the rhinoplasty consultation? During the consultation, the structure of your nose and face will be evaluated, your medical history taken, and your goals discussed. Aspects of the procedure such as the anesthesia, the recovery, the risks, and the costs will be explained.
- Where is rhinoplasty performed? Dr. Moynihan performs rhinoplasty Chicago in an outpatient surgical center or hospital.