Florida Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center
Otolaryngology located in Orlando, FL & Kissimmee, FL
Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is often performed to correct structural problems and to repair tissues after an injury. It also ranks in the top five most popular cosmetic procedures for those who don’t like the appearance of their nose. Wade Han, MD, FACS, at Florida Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery has extensive experience performing rhinoplasty for medical and cosmetic purposes, where he creates the results you want to achieve. To schedule a rhinoplasty consultation, use the online form or call one of the offices in Orlando or Kissimmee, Florida.
Rhinoplasty Q & A
What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is the medical name for nose surgery. This type of surgery is often performed to make cosmetic changes, fix a structural problem that impairs breathing, correct a birth defect, or repair damage from an injury.
Dr. Han can improve the appearance of your nose by:
- Reducing its size
- Straightening a crooked nose
- Changing the width of the bridge
- Changing the size, shape, or position of your nostrils
- Removing a bump or eliminating a depression on the bridge
- Reshaping a large, drooping, upturned, or hooked nose
Rhinoplasty can also be done to make your nose more symmetrical.
Who is a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
Nearly everyone who’s in good health can have nose surgery, but only after their nasal structures are fully developed. Girls should be at least 15-16 years old, while boys should be 17-18 before considering rhinoplasty. If nose surgery is performed too early, it may affect normal growth.
If you smoke, it’s essential to stop smoking several months prior to nose surgery because smoking significantly interferes with healing. It’s also important to have realistic expectations. Dr. Han talks with each patient about how they want to change their nose and what can be accomplished during nose surgery.
How is rhinoplasty performed?
You may have closed or open rhinoplasty. A closed procedure means that the incision is made inside your nose. A closed rhinoplasty is preferred, but more complex surgeries may require open rhinoplasty.
During an open rhinoplasty, Dr. Han makes the incision in the skin between your nostrils. While this creates a scar, the incision is small and in the natural contour, so the scar is barely visible.
In closed and open procedures, the bone and cartilage are sculpted to create the desired shape. In some cases, additional cartilage is used, which may be taken from the nasal septum, your ear, or other parts of your body.
What should I expect after rhinoplasty?
You should expect to be bruised and swollen for several days. You’ll wear a splint and may require nasal packing that’s placed inside your nose and removed on your next office visit. You’ll also receive specific instructions to follow, such as staying away from strenuous activities and avoiding blowing your nose.
Most patients feel like themselves in a few days and can return to their regular activities in about a week. However, the healing process is slow, and it can take a year or longer for all of the tissues to stabilize.
To learn more about rhinoplasty, call Florida Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery or book an appointment online.