At Smith Facial Plastics in Columbus, Rhinoplasty is the surgery we are most well known for. The nose is a defining feature of the face, often the first physical characteristic noticed. While there are multiple reasons people seek out our practice for their nose surgery, they can always depend on our charismatic staff and talented surgeons to help achieve their desired look.
Dr. Stephen P. Smith Jr. and Dr. Scott Smith are considered the best facial plastic surgeons in Columbus, Ohio. The surgeons make it a point to always strive for natural-looking results in their Columbus rhinoplasty patients while placing patient safety and comfort as top priorities.
The nose is the most defining characteristic of the face, and, as such, its shape and size significantly impact the overall facial appearance. Even the slightest of alterations can significantly improve the appearance. Nose Surgery is a more commonly used name to describe this procedure.
While some individuals seek nasal surgery to improve the function of their nose and address breathing issues, many others are looking to improve the appearance of the nose. Patients may be unhappy with the nose they were born with or how it has changed due to aging, injury, or previous surgery. Whatever the reason for seeking Rhinoplasty, the result is a more attractive, well-functioning nose that balances the other facial features for an overall more beautiful facial appearance.
Candidates for Rhinoplasty are generally in good health and have realistic expectations for improving the appearance and function of their nose. When it comes to younger patients, most surgeons advise surgery once the nose has reached its full growth, which occurs around the age of 14 for girls and a bit later for boys. During the consultation, our surgeons will take many factors into account to determine whether or not Rhinoplasty is right for you.
There are many benefits to Rhinoplasty. Surgery is tailored to each patient’s specific needs, and it’s OK if you feel you fall into multiple categories or don’t see yours below. We look forward to meeting you and sharing our expert recommendations.
All of our Columbus rhinoplasty patients have distinct needs and can find benefits in many different ways. During the consultation, the surgeons will be able to examine you and present their expert recommendations.
Before you plan your surgery, the first step is always to set up a consultation. The relationship built with your surgeon is essential, and communication needs to be of the utmost importance. It’s critical that you share your goals. Dr. Scott Smith and Dr. Stephen Smith will be able to provide their recommendations and explain the different factors that go into the surgery, such as age, the shape of your face, the structure of your nasal bones, and of course, expectations.
Our Columbus Rhinoplasty is typically performed with general anesthesia and can complement a facelift. There are two basic approaches used in Rhinoplasty: open Rhinoplasty and closed Rhinoplasty.
Closed Rhinoplasty: With this approach, all incisions are confined to the inside of the nostrils, allowing for no visible scarring.
Open Rhinoplasty: With this approach, a minimal incision is made on the strip of skin that separates the nostrils on the underside of the nose. While open Rhinoplasty will result in a scar, it is very well-camouflaged.
Through the incisions, the skin is separated from the underlying bone and cartilage. The desired shape is then achieved by removing, rearranging, or adding to the cartilage and bone. The incisions are then sutured closed. The surgery takes an average of one to three hours to complete.
Revision rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects a previous rhinoplasty surgery. Unfortunately, many patients visit Smith Facial Plastics unhappy with a surgery they received at another practice due to functional or aesthetic problems. Sometimes the unsatisfactory results are due to scaring post-surgery, the inexperience of the surgeon, or their technique. While this can be a stressful experience, the issue can be corrected. When choosing a surgeon for your rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty, it’s essential to pick a surgeon who truly understands the anatomy of the face.
Rhinoplasty in Columbus is a very personal procedure so the cost can vary. During your consultation, the surgeons will meet with you to go over their recommendations and pricing. Rest assured; you’ll be in great hands; at Smith Facial Plastics in Columbus, Rhinoplasty is one of the surgeon’s most frequently performed procedures.
Following surgery, patients may experience some discomfort that can be managed with medication and a feeling of stuffiness in the nose. Swelling and bruising are common and the area around the eyes, in particular, and may appear bruised. Any nasal packing used is typically removed within a few days after surgery, while dressings and splints are removed after one to two weeks. Most patients feel well enough to return to work and other normal activities within one week.
Contact us today to schedule your consultation for your Rhinoplasty in Columbus from esteemed surgeons Dr. Stephen P. Smith Jr. and Dr. Scott Smith. Many of our patients feel this surgery can be life-changing. We look forward to beginning this exciting journey with you!
From Dr. Stephen P. Smith & Dr. Scott Smith
Rhinoplasty is one of the more popular plastic surgeries for a reason. When performed by a skilled and experienced facial plastic surgeon, it can help improve your nose’s appearance, help improve the way your nose functions, and make you feel more confident. If you’re considering a Rhinoplasty, knowing what to do before and after the surgery can help you best prepare for it and can help improve your results.
One of the most important things to do before Rhinoplasty is to find a surgeon who specializes in the procedure. You want to look for several criteria when researching surgeons. Most importantly, you want to find a board-certified surgeon in facial plastic surgery and specializes in nasal surgeries. At Smith Facial Plastics, we (Dr. Stephen P. Smith Jr. & Dr. Scott Smith) are fourth-generation, expert facial plastic surgeons.
All the experience and talent in the world don’t mean much if you’re not comfortable with the surgeon. You want to work with a doctor who makes you feel at ease. If you feel that you’re not being listened to or feel afraid to ask questions about your surgery or about what you can expect, it’s in your best interest and the best interest of the doctor for you to keep looking. Communication problems can have a negative impact on your results, and you don’t want that. Dr. Stephen P. Smith Jr is a proud member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
That said, don’t be afraid to speak up at any point during the process if you have a concern or question. It’s essential not only to know what to expect before surgery and after but also what you can do to make yourself more comfortable or better prepared for it.
Your surgeon will most likely give you a list of medications that you should avoid in the weeks leading up to your Rhinoplasty. The list will include common, over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin and ibuprofen (it’s OK to continue to take acetaminophen, as needed), as well as specific herbal supplements and vitamins.
Make sure you let the surgeon know about any medications you regularly take, even if they don’t seem like they’d be a big deal. Some supplements interfere with your blood flow, which can increase your risk of complications. Be sure to discuss your options in greater detail with the surgeon.
Quit smoking at least two weeks before your nose job. Smoking reduces blood flow, which makes you more likely to have complications after surgery. Your surgeon will be happy to discuss quitting tips or smoking cessation products to use to help you give it up.
Although you will have a week or so off after your surgery, that won’t be the time when you’ll feel up to tackling big projects. Take care of any big “to-dos” before surgery, especially if they are projects that will require a lot of physical exertion. For example, if you’re planning on spring cleaning, do it before surgery or wait for at least a month afterward.
Understanding the cost of Rhinoplasty before you decide to go forward is essential. You also want to have an idea of how you’ll pay for the procedure. Financing is often available and can take several forms, from medical credit programs to a personal loan for your bank. Ask your surgeon about the various costs involved, from the surgical fees to the anesthesia costs, and get a ballpark estimate before you commit.
You might not need an entirely new wardrobe before your surgery but having a few shirts ready that you can take on and off without pulling over your head will help during the recovery. Stick with button-front shirts during the first few weeks after surgery to reduce the chance of accidentally bumping your nose.
Now is the time to call in some favors. You’ll want to have someone drive you to and from surgery. Ideally, that person should spend the first night with you to make sure you’re OK and help you get food, water, and other necessities. You might also want to find someone to handle basic chores around your house or to keep an eye on your children while you recover.
Depending on your viewpoint, the idea of skipping exercise for about four weeks after Rhinoplasty is either terrific or terrible. Exercise increases blood pressure, which can affect your healing and recovery. Plus, some activities increase your risk of getting bumped in the nose. Do yourself a favor and wait until you get the all-clear to exercise.
Your Rhinoplasty Questions Answered
Yes, rhinoplasty results are permanent. However, it’s essential to take care of your nose and don’t suffer any injuries.
The surgery typically takes approximately one to three hours.
After the swelling subsides, you will be able to start seeing the results. It usually takes two weeks for the swelling to go down.
Because this is a surgery, there can always be complications. While the surgeons are highly trained and experts in the field, some complications can arise out of their hands. The surgeons will do their best to avoid any nose bleeds, red spots from blood vessels, or any surgery deformities. While it’s extremely rare, sometimes a second surgery is required.