Rhinoplasty in the Greater Chicago Area
What is a Rhinoplasty?
Dr. Cimino performs rhinoplasty to reshape the nose, improving appearance for patients who are dissatisfied with the shape and size of their nose. Nasal reconstruction was one of the first cosmetic procedures ever developed and is among the most frequently performed. Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure in which deformities of the nose are corrected by removing, rearranging, or reshaping bone or cartilage.
Reasons for a Nose Job
Reasons for rhinoplasty include reducing the size of the nose, removing bumps/humps, and/or improving the angle of a nose. Conditions leading to a desire for rhinoplasty may be natural or the result of external trauma to the face. This operation will also help patients who have difficulty breathing. The procedure is performed on all age groups, including teens and the elderly.
Before Rhinoplasty Surgery
A medical history, along with a careful physical examination, is conducted to evaluate your general health. We will discuss with you the way your nose can look in relation to your other facial features. Preoperative instructions may include eliminating certain drugs that contain aspirin in order to minimize the possibility of excess bleeding. Antibiotics may be prescribed before surgery to prevent infection.
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The Nose Job Procedure
In most cases involving a reduction in shape or size of the nose, angle or removal of a hump, the skin of the nose is separated from the underlying skeleton of bone and cartilage. The bone and cartilage are then reshaped, and the skin is re-draped over the surface.
Patients who have a deviated septum may benefit by correction of this problem. The incisions are placed inside the nose, unless the surgeon uses an open approach, in which incisions are made across the tissue between the nostrils. In cases where the nostrils flare, the surgeon may make an incision at the junction between the nose and the skin of the upper lip to narrow the flared appearance.
Recovery: What to Expect
Rhinoplasty recovery takes one to two weeks. Most people resume normal activities within two weeks, with heavy activity resuming at four to six weeks. Following surgery, a lightweight splint is applied to maintain the new shape of the nose. This splint is removed within a week.
Nasal splints may be inserted at the time of surgery to protect the septum; these are removed within a week. There is always some temporary stuffiness of the nose, especially when work is done on the nasal septum.
Pain is minimal and is controlled with medication. Bruising occurs around the eyes but begins to fade within a few days. Discoloration usually disappears in two weeks.