Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery, reshapes your nose and is considered one of the most common procedures in cosmetic surgery.
In addition to resizing your nose, this surgery can correct nasal breathing issues such as a deviated septum. Nose surgery can also address the following:
Ideal surgical candidates for a nose surgery are the following:
In your initial consultation, Dr. Bolitho will begin to tailor your rhinoplasty. He will also review your overall medical history.
This office visit is a vital one because it’s your opportunity to be candid with Dr. Bolitho in where you can share your aesthetic goals and wishes. He will carefully examine and measure your facial and nasal area.
Photos will be taken for your medical file. They will automatically be downloaded to a state-of-the-art software program, Touch MD. The photographs will reflect the areas of potential cosmetic surgical treatment and are then uploaded to a touch screen in your examining room. Dr. Bolitho will utilize this software to get more in depth information regarding your aesthetic wishes. Dr. Bolitho will explain the surgical process with this touch screen and discuss the latest techniques he uses to achieve the most desired nose surgery aesthetic outcome.
If you choose to move forward with your surgery, your patient coordinator will schedule a preoperative appointment. During this appointment you will meet with Dr. Bolitho once again to review your procedure and goals. You will also receive pre and postoperative detailed instructions. Dr. Bolitho will provide you with prescriptions prior to your surgery.
Once your anesthesia is administered, the surgery will begin. Typically, a rhinoplasty procedure takes a couple of hours.
Before your surgery, however, Dr. Bolitho will discuss whether or not you will undergo a closed procedure where the incisions are located inside your nose, or an open procedure along the columella, the area of tissue which parts your nostrils.
These incisions enable Dr. Bolitho to lift the soft tissue and begin your procedure. Be it a reduction or augmentation, generally your nasal cartilage is utilized.
If needed, Dr. Bolitho will correct your deviated septum to better your breathing ability.
Following the correcting and reshaping, Dr. Bolitho will drape over the skin and suture it. Oftentimes, splints and nasal packing will be used for a week or two as a means for temporary nasal and septum structure support.
Done as an outpatient procedure, you will likely encounter nasal discomfort and a possible headache for the first couple of days. Dr. Bolitho will recommend that your head be elevated for the first 24 hours following surgery.
Bruising will be visible around your eyes. Your postoperative instructions will include cold compresses to help decrease swelling and discoloration.
Most of your swelling will dissipate in three to four weeks. For many, it may take a year for complete swelling to disappear.
Although you may be up a couple days following surgery, it’s best to rest for a week before returning to work. Dr. Bolitho will let you know when you can restart to your normal daily activities, including exercising. For many, this may take up to two months.
If you wear eyeglasses or sunglasses, Dr. Bolitho will advise you on how to place this eyewear following surgery so as not to damage your Rhinoplasty.
In your initial consultation, Dr. Bolitho explains how cosmetic surgery is a journey. The transformations are wonderful, but patience is needed as your body adjusts to their new improvements.
This cosmetic procedure offers a great, long-lasting aesthetic transformation.