The nose is the most defining characteristic of the face and, as such, its shape and size greatly 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 or injury. Whatever the reason for seeking nasal surgery, the result is a more attractive, well-functioning nose that balances the other facial features for an overall more beautiful facial appearance.
Dr. Stephen and Dr. Scott Smith are considered by their patients the best facial plastic surgeons in Columbus, Ohio. They strive for natural-looking results in their Columbus rhinoplasty patients while placing patient safety and comfort as top priorities.
Candidates for rhinoplasty are generally in good health and have realistic expectations for improving the appearance and/or function of their nose. When it comes to younger patients, most surgeons advise that surgery only be performed 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. Some of the more common things that individuals seek to change include a hump or bump on the nose, an overly large or overly small nose, an unattractive angle between the nose and upper lip, large or flared nostrils, and a bulbous or drooping tip.
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. With closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are confined to the inside of the nostrils which allows for no visible scarring. With open rhinoplasty, a very small 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.
Working 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.
The cost of a Columbus rhinoplasty can vary. During your consultation, one of 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 most frequently performed procedures.
Following surgery, patients may experience some discomfort which can be managed with medication, as well as a feeling of stuffiness in the nose. Swelling and bruising are common and the area around the eyes, in particular, 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.
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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 the appearance of your nose, can help improve the way your nose functions, and can 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 a number of criteria when researching surgeons. Most importantly, you want to find a surgeon who is board-certified in facial plastic surgery and specializes in nasal surgeries. Dr. Stephen P. Smith and Dr. Scott Smith are a 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 interests, and the best interests of the doctor, for you to keep looking. Communication problems can have a negative impact on your results, and you don’t want that.
That said, don’t be afraid to speak up at any point during the process, if you have a concern or question. It’s important 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 surgery. 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 certain herbal supplements and vitamins.
Make sure you let the surgeon know about any medications you take on a regular basis, 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 at the 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. That person should ideally spend the first night with you, to make sure you’re OK and to 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 exercises increase your risk of getting bumped in the nose. Do yourself a favor and wait until you get the all-clear to exercise.
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