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Chicago Rhinoplasty Can Help to Boost Your Confidence

Before and After Rhinoplasty in Chicago, IL

The nose is the most prominent facial feature. If it is misshapen or out of proportion with the other structures of the face, the nose can distract from an overall pleasant aesthetic. Unfortunately, this situation can affect an individual’s confidence and self-esteem. Children and teens are frequently teased for an unusual nose. Adults, uncomfortable with their appearance, may find themselves shying away from social situations. Unfortunately, the only way to change the aesthetic appeal of the nose is through a surgical intervention.

Rhinoplasty is an invasive procedure designed to dramatically improve the look of the nose. The surgical procedure can be used to correct a variety of aesthetic problems such as a humped nasal bridge, a bulbous tip, or poorly sized nostrils, as well as a nose disproportionate in size. In addition to the outward appearance, Rhinoplasty can also correct impaired nasal function such as chronic congestion or difficulty breathing.

The rhinoplasty is often considered one of the most difficult cosmetic procedures performed today. Through more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Moynihan — one of the top rhinoplasty surgeons in Chicago — has developed his own, innovative techniques for nasal improvements. His rhinoplasty procedure is considered among the safest and most effective available. As leaders in the field of Rhinoplasty, Gold Coast Plastic Surgery’s procedures are sought by patients around the Chicago area, as well as nationally and internationally.

The Rhinoplasty Consultation

  • Before scheduling a Rhinoplasty nose surgery, patients will need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moynihan.
  • This initial visit will provide a time for the surgeon and patient to begin developing mutual trust. Dr. Moynihan will start out by performing a brief physical exam of the nasal structures.
  • This leading rhinoplasty specialist in Chicago will then review the patient’s medical history, current medications, and aesthetic goals. During this appointment, he will explain all of the surgical and noninvasive options for nasal repair.
  • Dr. Moynihan will use cutting-edge computer imagery and Before and After photos of his recent Rhinoplasty patients to assist patients visualize their potential results.
  • If Rhinoplasty is determined to be the right procedure for a patient’s needs, a unique surgical plan will be created.

Photo Imaging

Pre-Op Post-Op Nose Surgery in Chicago
Have you ever wondered what you would look like if you didn’t have that hump on your nasal bridge, a shorter tip, or a less wide bridge and nostrils? Well now you can! At Gold Coast Plastic Surgery we have the most advanced technology to take your actual photo and image it to show you what you can look like after surgery. This is a great way for patients to communicate their desires and concerns to Dr. Moynihan while reviewing your actual photos.
Common Rhinoplasty Indications

The Rhinoplasty Procedure

Dr. Moynihan’s rhinoplasty procedure will take between one and four hours to complete, under general anesthesia. The procedure is normally performed on an outpatient basis. The same afternoon, patients are able to rest and heal in the comfort of their own home.

Open Rhinoplasty

An Open Rhinoplasty is performed using a small, Trans-Columellar incision at the base of the nose, between the nostrils. From this point, Dr. Moynihan will excise excess skin, reshape the cartilage, or place a nasal implant. Once corrections have been made, the incisions are sutured closed. Temporary scarring does occur, although these are well hidden within the natural curvature of the nose.

After the Rhinoplasty

After rhinoplasty, our Chicago patients will go to the recovery room to wake from anaesthesia. They may initially feel groggy and tired, as well as nauseous. A feeling of congestion or a “head cold” is common

The First 24 Hours:

The first 24 hours after surgery are the most difficult part of the recovery process. Knowing what to expect can ensure stress-free recuperation: Rhinoplasty Recovery

  • Moderate discomfort and tenderness
  • Headache
  • Swelling at the surgical site
  • Temporary bruising
  • Bloody nasal discharge
  • Numbness of the nasal tip

Potential Complications From the Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is considered a safe, effective procedure for corrective aesthetic and functional problems of the nose. As it is an invasive procedure, however, there is always the small chance for complications. The risks from nose jobs, although rare, can include excess bleeding, infection, and scarring. By choosing a reputable, well-trained cosmetic surgeon, the chance for complications will be greatly reduced.

Dr. Moynihan is double Board Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. His exemplary training and know-how provide patients with a safe, satisfying Rhinoplasty procedure.

Benefits of Nose Rhinoplasty

  • As mentioned earlier, increased self-confidence is one of the biggest benefits of rhinoplasty surgery in Chicago. Research shows that it is natural for humans to look at other people’s eyes first followed by their noses. This may come as no surprise considering that the nose is your face’s most prominent part. It will readily attract attention — bad or good.
  • Top rhinoplasty surgeons understand that symmetrical and straight noses can quickly add to people’s attractiveness, while crooked noses detract from it.
  • A septoplasty can help improve breathing by straightening the bone and cartilage that separates the nostrils. For those who struggle to breathe through the nose, a septoplasty can be performed along with the rhinoplasty to improve the functional airway.

Additional Rhinoplasty FAQs

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, also known as nasal surgery or a nose job, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to alter the external appearance of the nose. Changes may include a reduction or increase in the overall size, the removal of a hump, alterations of a bulbous nasal tip, or repair of poorly shaped nostrils. Functional problems such as chronic congestion can also be corrected through Rhinoplasty.

Who is a good candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Healthy individuals who are seeking an improvement in the appearance of the nose may make a good candidate for Rhinoplasty. Ideal candidates will have realistic expectations for their procedure.

What happens during the Rhinoplasty consultation?

During the consultation in our downtown Chicago office, 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 the Rhinoplasty performed?

Dr. Moynihan performs his rhinoplasty procedures at his private surgery center.

What is the anesthesia used for Rhinoplasty?

General anesthesia is used for Rhinoplasty.

How is Rhinoplasty performed?

The open rhinoplasty technique is used by Dr. Moynihan and involves a small incision made on the skin between the nostrils.

How long is the surgical time for Rhinoplasty?

The surgical time for Rhinoplasty will depend on the complexity of the particular case. Generally speaking, Rhinoplasty may take anywhere from one and a half to four hours to complete.

How much pain occurs after Rhinoplasty?

Patients may experience some discomfort after a Rhinoplasty. More specifically, the nose and head may ache for the first few days. Dr. Moynihan will prescribe medication can help to manage this.

What is the Rhinoplasty recovery like?

Patients can expect their Rhinoplasty recovery time to take about seven days. Bruising and swelling are common, especially around the eyes. The majority of swelling will begin to fade in about five to nine days. After five days, the external cast and stitches will be removed.

How much time should I plan to take off from work after my Rhinoplasty procedure?

Patients normally feel well enough to return to work about seven days after Rhinoplasty surgery in Chicago.

Can I exercise after my Rhinoplasty procedure?

After a Rhinoplasty, you will be able to resume light exercise after about 10 days.

When are the stitches removed after the Rhinoplasty procedure?

The stitches are removed one week after the Rhinoplasty procedure.

Are there any risks associated with the Rhinoplasty procedure?

The Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure, therefore has the chance for complications including infection, scarring, cosmetic asymmetry, septal perforation, and epistaxis (nosebleed).

Will my insurance company cover the cost of Rhinoplasty?

Gold Coast Plastic Surgery is 100% self-pay and does not accept any insurance at this time.

Can I finance my Rhinoplasty procedure?

Yes, patients have the option of paying with cash, credit card, or with healthcare financing through CareCredit.

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