Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) Salt Lake City, UT
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What is a rhinoplasty or nose reshaping Surgery?
Surgery to reshape the nose is called rhinoplasty. Many Utah patients are concerned with the look of their nose. If personal photos or the mirror are not your friend, you’re in luck, alterations can be made. Rhinoplasty makes small changes of the bone and cartilage structure of the nose to provide a more desirable appearance.
Even small changes can make a big difference. Dr. Dunkley is skilled in the many techniques to alter the contour of the nose and help you love the mirror again.
Why is a rhinoplasty performed?
Most often, rhinoplasty is performed for cosmetic reasons. Patients seek to change the shape or size of their nose for various reasons. Some people are born with noses of an unusual size or shape. Others may have broken their nose or had impact injuries never repaired. Still, other people complain they don’t like the shape or they can’t breathe through the nose. Rhinoplasty is the answer in all of these cases.
Should I have a rhinoplasty or nose reshaping surgery?
Few features of the human body are as prominent as the nose. Hence the expression, “as plane as the nose on your face.” If you feel your nose is drawing the wrong kind of attention because the tip droops, the bridge has a bump, or the nostrils are unattractive —Dr. Dunkley can change those areas of concern, giving you the nose, and with it the confidence, you have always wanted.
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What can I expect during my procedure?
Dr. Dunkley will alter the shape of the nose using one of two major rhinoplasty approaches — closed or open. A closed rhinoplasty makes all incisions on the inside of the nose, eliminating any exterior scarring. An open rhinoplasty makes one incision on the outside fleshy part of the nose between the nostrils. Dr. Dunkley usually recommends the closed approach. You are asleep for your surgery. After a short stay in the recovery room, you are ready to go. The biggest complaint for the next two weeks is the nose being stuffy.
What happens after my nose surgery?
After your surgery, your nose will be splinted and bandaged to support the bones and tissues as they heal. For several days following your surgery, you may feel puffiness in the face, especially around the eyes and nose. Bruising and swelling are common. To alleviate discomfort, Dr. Dunkley advises his patients to apply cold compresses to the area and to take pain relief medications as needed. The swelling and bruising usually fade in 10 to 14 days.
What can I expect from the results of a rhinoplasty?
Depending on the correction done on a patient’s nose, the results can appear minor or more significant. After the cast and tape are removed, the shape change will be obvious. Months are needed to see the final results. The tip swelling is the last to resolve. It’s important to have realistic expectations going into your surgery. Rhinoplasty could be the improvement to your face that you’ve always desired.
Cost of Rhinoplasty
The price of rhinoplasty varies based on the individual goals. To learn more about what you can expect to pay, we invite you to contact our practice so we can provide you with a customized quote. We also offer financing options as well.
What Our Patients Are Saying:
“I had the best experience here ever! From my first visit, I absolutely adore the entire office. I cannot suggest them enough. If you want the most personalized and best treatment that you talking offer I suggest Dr. Dunkley. If you want perfection then you have found it here.” – McKenna C.
Is having nose surgery worth it?
This is a question only you can answer. But if you have a nose that you hate every morning when you look in the mirror, what’s the value to you of changing that nose to one you like the look of? The human nose occupies a definite place of prominence on the human face. If it seems out of proportion, it can draw attention. If the tip droops, if the bridge has a bump, if the nostrils are flared — all of those kinds of cosmetic flaws can really wear on the person seeing them in the mirror every morning. Rhinoplasty with Dr. Dunkley can change that.
Who considers rhinoplasty?
Anyone desiring to reshape their nose or repair nasal injury is considering rhinoplasty. Sometime a rhinoplasty is combined with procedures inside the nose that hep the breathing as well.
Appearance – Most patients have never broken their nose, but simply didn’t get the shape they wanted. Common concerns include:
- The nose is out of proportion with the rest of the face
- The tip droops
- The tip is enlarged or bulbous
- There is a bump on the bridge of the nose or for Asian patients, the bridge isn’t high enough
- The nostrils are too large or too wide
- The nose is crooked or off-center
Injury – Many active Salt Lake City patients have experienced unexpected trauma to the nose. A broken nose can leave it permanently crooked or misshapen. The corrective procedure would be a rhinoplasty.
Function – Restricted or blocked nasal passages can impact sleep and quality of life. Nose surgery can open restricted nasal passages if caused by a crooked shape. In addition, a procedure called septoplasty can be done at the time of a rhinoplasty to improve breathing as well.
When is the optimal time to have a rhinoplasty?
A rhinoplasty can be performed any time after puberty, when rapid facial growth has stopped. Hence, anytime in the mid to late teens nasal surgery can be done. Any patient under 18 will need a parent or guardian to consent to their surgery.
What are the risks involved?
Though all surgeries have risks, nose surgery is relatively safe and surprisingly not painful. Nasal surgery has been performed since the late 1890’s making it well studied as well as safe. Since it is surgery, certain risks apply including: infection, bleeding, bruising, reaction to anesthesia, and poor healing. When combined with a septoplasty, a septal perforation is possible. Rarely, skin discoloration can occur or the breathing is worse after surgery, which may require a revision surgery.
However, in the vast majority of these surgeries, patients are happy with their nose and appreciate their mirror more than before. Rhinoplasty has a high degree of patient satisfaction.
Is there scarring?
Dr. Dunkley prefers to perform a closed rhinoplasty. This means there are no exterior scars as the incisions are made inside the nose. If Dr. Dunkley uses open rhinoplasty, you will have a small scar on the columella, the small area of skin between the nostrils. This scar heals well and is barely visible with time.
Am I a candidate for nose surgery?
Patients who are relatively healthy and unhappy with the appearance of your nose, are good candidates for a rhinoplasty. During the consult, Dr. Dunkley helps patients understand the process and limitations of surgery to insure realistic expectations. Patients are happiest when surgery is done because they wish it and not because of pressure from another person or a partner. If you have always dreamed of a different nose, come in to Envision Cosmetic surgery and see what options wait for you.