Rhinoplasty in Little Rock, AR
Dr. English, a triple-board certified surgeon at English Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Center, offers various plastic surgery procedures to the residents of Little Rock, Conway, Pulaski County and the surrounding communities in Arkansas.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Nose surgery (nose job), 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 reaches 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 60s and 70s have elected to undergo 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 our 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 reconstruction requires a keen, artistic eye as well as technical expertise, so your surgeon utilizes his skills to ensure the contours of your nose conform to the natural shape of your face. Dr. English’s goal is an aesthetically pleasing nose that does not appear to be 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?
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 12 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.
How much does nose surgery cost in Little Rock?
Each plastic surgery procedure is unique because it is performed with YOU in mind. Since your needs will be different from other patients, it will not be possible to provide you with an exact cost until after you meet with Dr. English the first time. Once he has established a treatment plan, we can then go over the cost and discuss which method of payment might be right for you. We accept cash, personal checks, and major credit cards, in addition to financing through CareCredit® or MedLoanFinance.com.
Cosmetic surgery procedures are generally considered elective, and are therefore not covered under most health insurance plans. As such, our office does not accept any form of health coverage.
I’m interested in nose surgery. What should I do next?
To get started, contact Dr. Jim English to schedule your rhinoplasty consultation. 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!
If you would like to look and feel your very best, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jim English, triple board certified in cosmetic procedures for the face and body. We look forward to seeing you during your rhinoplasty consultation.