RhinoPlasty – Gallery
PURPOSE Known to many as the “centerpiece of your face”, your nose can leave a lasting impression. For that reason nose reshaping is performed for both cosmetic reasons, as well as functional concerns. Nose reshaping, or rhinoplasty, is done to correct distracting features of a nose and/or to improve breathing. The goal of a rhinoplasty, or revision rhinoplasty, is to eliminate the distraction so that the other facial features become more noticeable. Because rhinoplasty can improve (or worsen) breathing, it is important to find a surgeon who is trained in facial cosmetic procedures and understands the intricacies of the nasal anatomy.
PROCEDURE When evaluating the nose, the plastic surgeon must take into account the overall size and shape of the face, lips, and chin. Dr. Ladner pays close attention to this assessing the internal structures of the nose and, in addition to correcting the shape of the nose, he will correct any internal abnormalities to optimize breathing. Rhinoplasty can be performed through various approaches although the majority, if not the entirety, of the incisions are placed inside the nose to hide them. The bone and cartilage of the nose is then reshaped to optimize the length, profile, symmetry; and alignment with the lips and chin. Dr. Ladner may recommend additional procedures, such as a chin augmentation, to complement the rhinoplasty and to provide optimal results. The length of the procedure can vary from 1-4 hours, depending on the concerns that need to be addressed. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia, and together with Dr. Ladner, the appropriate anesthesia plan will be determined.
RECOVERY Most patients will feel up to returning to work within 3-5 days of the surgery. At the time of surgery, a small splint is place over the nose for protection and this is removed within 7 days of the surgery. Dr. Ladner generally does not place internal splints or packing, thus making recovery easier. You will be asked to sleep on your back for a few weeks to avoid injuring the nose. Bruising around the eyes may occur in cases when the nose must be straightened and generally disappears within 10 days.