Nose Surgery in Milwaukee, WI
Rhinoplasty is designed to improve the appearance of the nose by reshaping the underlying cartilage and bone. Cosmetic rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of the nose, change the shape of the tip or bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between the nose and upper lip. Nasal surgery may also correct a birth defect or injury. If the nose is twisted or crooked, or if airway problems exist, reconstructive surgery may involve modification of the nasal septum. According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery National Data Bank Statistics, 145,387 rhinoplasty procedures were performed in 2015.
Rhinoplasty can enhance your appearance and self-confidence. Think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.
Candidates For a Rhinoplasty
The best candidates for rhinoplasty are people who are looking for improvement in the appearance of the nose. Patients should be physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in their expectations. Age plays only a minor consideration; most surgeons prefer to perform rhinoplasty after a teenager has completed their growth spurt (about 15 years old for girls and 17 years old for boys).
Rhinoplasty procedures are performed with local anesthesia, in combination with either intravenous sedation or a general anesthetic, as an outpatient procedure. The operation will require several hours.
Rhinoplasty is performed through either an open or closed approach. In the open approach, a small incision is made across the columella, and the skin is lifted off the nose, exposing the underlying bone and cartilage framework. This approach provides good visualization of the framework for more complex problems. In the closed approach, small incisions are made inside the nostrils and more limited access is gained to the framework. For either approach, the skin is separated from the supporting framework. Sculpting of the framework is then performed by reducing the support or augmenting the support with grafts. The nasal bones may be altered by fracturing them. The nasal skin is then redraped over the nose.
If you would like to schedule a consult to discuss whether rhinoplasty/nasal reshaping surgery is right for you please call our office at 414-443-0033.
Post Operative Instructions and Information for Rhinoplasty
- Patients must have someone drive them home and stay with them for the first night following surgery.
- The nose will be packed with gauze and a protective external nasal splint will be applied. If septal surgery has also been performed, internal nasal stents or splints may also be present.
- If an open approach is used for surgery, sutures will be present at the nostrils
- You will be given appropriate instructions regarding elevation of the head, application of cool compresses, nose blowing, incision care, and how to cleanse your face.
- Nasal packing will be removed 1-2 days after surgery, and patients should have someone drive them to the doctor’s office at this time as well.
- Patients return to the doctor’s office again at 1 and 2 weeks after surgery, and then every few months.
- External nasal splints will be removed 1 week after surgery. External sutures will also be removed at this time. Internal nasal stents or splints will be removed at approximately 2 weeks following the operation. Internal sutures are dissolvable.
- Bruising resolves within 1-2 weeks after surgery. Any bruising that persists after one week may be covered with makeup. Swelling resolves over several months.
- Contact lenses may be worn 3-5 days after surgery. Your doctor will instruct you on when you can begin wearing glasses.