What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, also known as nose reshaping, is one of the most popular plastic surgeries performed. Commonly, patients that are unhappy with the form or function of their nose undergo a nose job. Dr. Dean Kane of the Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medi-Spa performs nose reshaping for patients that are having cosmetic or medical issues. Nose surgery can dramatically improve the appearance of your entire face, balancing the proportions of the face and bringing the features into harmony.
Benefits of Nose Reshaping
Rhinoplasty is an extremely versatile procedure that can be utilized to resolve a broad range of cosmetic flaws and medical concerns. Through rhinoplasty, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kane can:
- Create structure within the bridge and/or tip
- Make the nose smaller or longer
- Resculpt and narrow the shape of the bridge
- Smooth bumps along the bridge
- Narrow and/or elevate the nasal tip
- Reduce or adjust the shape and size of the nostrils
- Correct a crooked bridge or nasal tip
- Repair injuries
- Resolve breathing abnormalities
Before & After Nose Surgery
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Dr. Kane performs nose reshaping under local anesthesia combined with a sedative or general anesthesia. Depending on the specifics of the procedure, he may make incisions along the inside of the nostrils and the columella. Incisions are placed there to provide more precise results and little or no visible scarring.
The next steps in the procedure will vary based on what changes the patient would like to make and the treatment plan that Dr. Kane has decided on. If you would like to reduce the size of the nose he may carefully fracture and reset the bone. In order to remove a bump or reduce the nasal bridge width, Dr. Kane will shave away cartilage tissue. Since there is variation during the procedure the surgery can take one to three hours to complete.
What Is the Recovery Process After Nose Reshaping?
Since the bone and cartilage in the nose is broken in order to be reshaped the recovery process is a little involved. Immediately after surgery small straws are placed inside the nostrils. Your nose and eyes can swell severely after surgery and the straws will allow the patient to breathe better. In addition to the straws, Dr. Kane will place a splint on the nose to hold the new form together. Patients will need to wear that for 2 – 3 weeks.
Dr. Kane recommends that patients take off at least 1 week from work and activities to let your nose heal. For the first three months, the nose will hold onto the swelling and will not look like your final results. Patients will visit the office periodically for check-in appointments where Dr. Kane takes photos to show the improvements and the progress to your ideal results.
Due to the bone breakage during surgery, the nose can remain swollen for some time. Patients shouldn’t expect to see their final results before 6 months after surgery and some won’t appear until a year later. Patients can return to daily activities after a few weeks and when they feel comfortable but the nose will continue to settle in that time.
Schedule a Consultation
If you think Rhinoplasty may be right for you, please call the Center for Cosmetic Surgery & MediSpa in Baltimore, Maryland today at 410.602.3322. Lauri Kane can provide you with more information about surgery or you can request a consultation with board-certified Dr. Kane today.
Our office on Reservoir Circle, just off the Baltimore Beltway, is known for its warm, inviting atmosphere. We welcome patients from greater Baltimore and Annapolis, and from southern Pennsylvania and Delaware to the eastern shore.