Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that is used to reshape your nose. In many cases, this surgery can also be used to correct a deviated septum. If you’ve been considering rhinoplasty, now is the time to find out more:
Who can benefit from rhinoplasty?
If any of the following statements apply to you, rhinoplasty might improve your life:
- You are uncomfortable with the size or shape of your nose
- You feel like your nose detracts from your overall appearance
- You have trouble breathing through your nose
- You frequently snore
- Your nose has been broken in the past
- You are unhappy with the results of a previous nose surgery
- You would like your nose to be less noticeable
- Your nose dries out or bleeds easily
- You feel like your nose is out of balance with the rest of your face
What can you expect from the procedure?
In most cases, a rhinoplasty procedure will take a few hours. You’ll likely be under general anesthesia, so you wont need to worry about pain or discomfort. Dr. Amico is skilled at both open and closed rhinoplasty procedures, but in most cases prefers the closed procedure because there is no visible scarring and recovery time is usually quicker.
What is recovery like?
Recovering from rhinoplasty isn’t too traumatic, but there are things you can do to make it go more smoothly. After the procedure, the Dr. D’Amico will place a splint on the nose to hold it in place and packing inside the nose to support the new shape and absorb fluids. Plan on leaving the packing in for about 48 hours and plan on wearing the splint for about a week.
The doctor will give you specific instructions about your recovery, but in general, the following tips can help:
- Avoid taking anti inflammatory painkillers because they can increase bleeding
- Sleep with your head elevated for the first few days
- Use a cold compress to reduce swelling and ease pain
- Avoid strenuous exercise or other activities that could damage your fragile nose for at least 6 weeks.
If you’re considering rhinoplasty, schedule a consultation with Dr. D’Amico to learn more about your options.