Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
English Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center offers nose surgery to patients in Little Rock, Arkansas, North Little Rock, Arkansas, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas, Jacksonville, Arkansas, Sherwood, Arkansas, Jonesboro, Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Fort Smith, Arkansas and surrounding areas.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, is performed to change the size and/or shape of the nose. This reshaping is accomplished by carefully removing or rearranging underlying bone or cartilage.
Most cosmetic nose surgeries are performed because the patient desires an improved appearance. However, the surgery is frequently requested to repair injuries, to correct breathing problems or to minimize the increasing disfigurement of the nose that occurs as an individual ages.
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Who is a good candidate for nose surgery?
The appropriate age for nose surgery depends on many factors. For children, cosmetic nose surgery should be delayed until facial development approaches maturity. This level of maturity is usually around the age of 16 for girls and 18 for boys. However, nose surgery may be performed at a younger age if a severe breathing problem is present. There is no upper age limit for nose surgery. Nose surgery patients from Little Rock, North Little Rock, Pine Bluff and other Arkansas regions in their sixties and seventies elected to have this procedure with good results.
Since the nose is usually the most defining characteristic of the face, a slight alteration can result in a more pleasing look that compliments other facial features. Technical refinements in surgical procedures have allowed consistently better results; however, patients must recognize that the goal of the surgery is improvement, not perfection.
During your nose surgery consultation in Dr. English’s Little Rock office, the surgeon assesses the patient's age, height, skin thickness, ethnic background and shape of other features such as the forehead, eyes and chin. Nose surgery is as much artistic in nature as it is technical, so your surgeon strives to make each patient's nose fit his or her face. The goal is a natural looking nose rather than one that appears to have been surgically altered. It is frequently necessary to correct a receding or protruding chin at the same time nose surgery is performed to provide harmony of the facial features.
How is nose surgery performed?
At Dr. English’s practice in Little Rock, AR, nose surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia or local anesthesia with I.V. sedation. Incisions are usually made inside the nose where they will not be visible. In some cases, an incision is made in the area of the skin separating the nostrils and/or at the base of the each nostril (if narrowing the base of the nose is part of the procedure). Very fine, absorbable sutures are used to close the incisions. The sutures dissolve on their own, usually leaving an imperceptible scar.
What is recovery like?
At the completion of the surgery, a protective splint is placed on the outside of the nose and a small amount of soft absorbent material is placed inside the nose to maintain stability. The splint and absorbent material are removed six days after the surgery.
Swelling from the surgery usually peaks within 72 hours. Although most of the swelling resolves quickly, some lasts for several months. Bruising may develop in the face, particularly around the eyes, but usually resolves in three to six weeks. The patient may also experience nasal congestion due to swelling which may last four to twelve weeks. Numbness or tenderness may occur in the nasal tip or upper lip and may continue for six months to a year.
Some activities are limited during the weeks following the procedure to allow optimal healing of the nose. Exposure to the sun, physical exertion, and risk of injury must be avoided. Forceful coughing, sneezing, blowing the nose or sniffing should also be avoided for the first few weeks. Contact lenses should not be worn for three to seven days after the procedure. Eyeglasses or sunglasses must be avoided for a minimum of six weeks to three months to prevent pressure on the nose as it heals.
Since resolution of the swelling may be asymmetrical, the final result may not be seen for months. In general, the appearance of the nose continues to improve for a year or more after surgery. It is particularly important to follow instructions after nose surgery to ensure the best result.
I’m interested in nose surgery. What should I do next?
At the English Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center in Little Rock, AR, Dr. Jim English offer plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Arkansas including: Little Rock, North Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Jacksonville, Sherwood and Conway. To get started, pick up the phone and call our practice in Little Rock to schedule your rhinoplasty consultation. The initial visit is and there is no obligation. Make sure you make a note of all questions and concerns you have about the surgery and bring them up during your appointment so that your surgeon can address them. If you have put off seeing a surgeon to improve your nose, now is the time. Call our Center today!
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