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The rhinoplasty procedure is capable of correcting various aesthetic concerns that relate to the nose; it can also be performed to clear breathing obstructions. Some patients are born with cosmetic or functional problems, while others acquire them as a result of injury or trauma. Kennesaw rhinoplasty surgeons Marcus Crawford and Steven Bailey have treated all types of rhinoplasty patients and has the experience and skill to produce satisfying results. Some of the common complaints that we hear from our rhinoplasty patients, pre-operatively, include:
- Overall size: The nose may be too small or too large, in proportion to the rest of your face
- Bridge: The bridge of the nose may be too narrow or too wide; A hump, or bump, on the ridge of the nose may be too noticeable
- Tip: The tip of the nose may be too large or round
- Nostrils: The nostrils may be too large or too wide
- Asymmetry: The bridge of the nose, the tip, or the nostrils may be asymmetrical as a result of injury or genetics
- Breathing problems: Physical obstructions of the airways could make breathing difficult
Our surgeons will formulate your rhinoplasty surgical plan based on your individual aesthetic goals and functional needs. There are two basic rhinoplasty techniques that can be performed: open and closed rhinoplasty.
- Closed rhinoplasty: The advantage of the closed rhinoplasty approach is that the incisions are made inside of the nostrils so there are no visible signs of post-operative scarring. However, certain maneuvers during surgery that produce a dramatic change in the nasal appearance can be difficult to perform through limited incisions. As a result, the closed rhinoplasty technique is best suited to patients that desire minor changes to the nose.
- Open rhinoplasty: During open rhinoplasty, a short incision is made across the columella, the area that divides the nostrils. The inconspicuously placed incision heals nicely and any post-surgical scarring is almost invisible. The benefit of the open rhinoplasty technique is that it greatly improves access to all of the nasal structures. Therefore, more complex correction or reconstruction of the nose can be performed to reshape the nasal structure and airways.
Once our surgeons access the underlying framework of the nose, they can reshape nasal cartilage to produce a more pleasing aesthetic.
During your rhinoplasty consultation, our surgeons will discuss your desires in greater depth and determine which approach will be appropriate for you.
Our surgeons perform the rhinoplasty procedure on an outpatient basis, meaning that shortly after surgery is over, you can return home where you will feel most comfortable during your recovery. You can expect to spend one to two weeks off of work, during which time you should take it easy and avoid wearing makeup. During the first week after surgery, you will need to wear a nasal splint to protect the nose and facilitate healing. This is placed by our surgeons at the time of surgery and will be removed at your first post-operative visit.
Although the worst of the swelling and bruising subsides within one to two weeks, the best results are typically seen several months after surgery.
If you are interested in undergoing rhinoplasty, contact Crawford Plastic Surgery today. During your rhinoplasty consultation, Dr. Crawford or Dr. Bailey will listen to your cosmetic concerns and determine if you are a good candidate for treatment.