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Rhinoplasty FAQ

The plastic surgeons at Partners in Plastic Surgery understand how nose reshaping surgery, called rhinoplasty, can enhance the overall appearance of the face. They have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from the women and men who visit them in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for rhinoplasty.

Dr. Dennis Hammond, Dr. Andrea Van Pelt, and Dr. Melissa Kath understand that every case is unique and strive to give you exceptional personal care. If you have additional questions about getting rhinoplasty in Michigan, request a consultation online or call us at (616) 464-4420.

Rhinoplasty Before & After Photos

Rhinoplasty before photo
Before

Rhinoplasty after photo
After

This woman got rhinoplasty to improve both her appearance and her ability to breathe easily. See more cases like this one in our before-and-after photo gallery of real rhinoplasty patients.
*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

What is the minimum age for rhinoplasty?

It's important that your facial growth is complete before having rhinoplasty. Although young women typically mature earlier than young men, teens can usually undergo this procedure as early as age 16 or 17. Another consideration for younger patients is their motivations. During the consultation, our surgeons make sure that patients have realistic expectations about what they may gain from plastic surgery. For people of a wide variety of ages, nose surgery can provide a significant boost to self-esteem.

Do I need open or closed rhinoplasty?

Dr. Van Pelt, who specializes in rhinoplasty, will determine which technique is most appropriate for your needs during your consultation. The open technique provides the greatest access to the internal structures of the nose and is the most commonly performed technique. During an open rhinoplasty, a small incision is placed across the lower portion of the columella (the strip of skin between the nostrils). The resulting scar usually becomes unnoticeable within a few months. In a closed procedure, the incisions are within the nostril.

What is "functional" rhinoplasty?

Functional rhinoplasty is nose surgery that improves breathing and corrects congenital deformities. This type of rhinoplasty may include septoplasty, which straightens and opens a deviated septum to open blocked airways. Many patients have cosmetic enhancements performed with their functional rhinoplasty.

Will I be in pain?

Most patients are pleased to find they have minimal discomfort after rhinoplasty. The first day after surgery is usually the most difficult, and patients typically need prescription pain medication for only 2 to 3 days.

What can I do to make my recovery easier after rhinoplasty?

Swelling and bruising can be minimized by applying ice packs such as frozen peas to the cheeks frequently for the first 2 days. It also helps initially to keep your head elevated at all times, even while resting and sleeping, by using multiple pillows or sitting in a recliner. We will give you a list of medications and supplements to avoid before and after surgery that can contribute to bruising.

How much time will I need to take off work after rhinoplasty?

This time period will depend on what was done during your specific procedure, how your body heals, and what type of work you do. Most patients return to non-strenuous work within about a week after any sutures, tape, casts, or splints are removed. The majority of the initial swelling and bruising will dissipate within 10 to 14 days. Our surgeons strive to minimize bruising in the first place by using very delicate techniques during surgery.

Will it be obvious that I've had nose surgery?

When nose surgery is performed by a skilled, experienced plastic surgeon, you will look natural and more attractive — not like you've had a nose job. The goal is to make your nose fit in better with the rest of your facial features by making it smaller, larger, or correcting certain attributes such as a hump on the bridge of the nose or a bulbous nasal tip.

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