What is Rhinoplasty?
The nose is the very center of the face, making it an important facial feature. Rhinoplasty in Grand Rapids, Michigan, can enhance various aspects of your nose, and can improve your overall appearance. Whether you’re looking to make your nose smaller, correct crookedness, or change other aspects of your nose, a rhinoplasty can help improve your self-image. At Partners in Plastic Surgery of West Michigan, our experienced plastic surgeons perform rhinoplasty for both women and men.
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. We have extensive experience performing nose surgery, have board-certified anesthesiologists on staff, and perform surgeries in our fully accredited facility. If you would like to learn more about our practice in Michigan and how rhinoplasty can improve your appearance, request a consultation online or call us at (616) 464-4420.
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Dr. Hammond, Dr. Van Pelt, and Dr. Kath are skilled plastic surgeons who perform rhinoplasty to improve many attributes of the nose. Your surgeon will compare your nose with your other facial features and create a look that’s tailored to you. Nose surgery can also correct a deviated septum (which often obstructs breathing); however, this procedure is not considered cosmetic.
- Nasal tip
- Deviated Septum
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Nasal surgery is performed using an “open” or “closed” procedure. For a closed procedure the incisions are hidden inside the nostrils. When performing an open procedure, the surgeon makes the incision across the columella (the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils). After making the incisions, the surgeon raises the soft tissue and reshapes the nose. Once the nose is reshaped, the tissue is redraped and the incisions are closed.
Certain rhinoplasty patients may also benefit from chin augmentation for a more attractive and balanced profile.
Recovery & Results
After your rhinoplasty, splints or internal tubes may be necessary to help healing, particularly during the first week. For the next few weeks, initial swelling will subside, and your nasal contour will become more refined. It is important to protect your nose from any injury due to physical activity for 4 to 6 months after the procedure. The results of a rhinoplasty are generally long lasting, and many women and men report that they are pleased with their new look.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.