The nose is one of the most prominent and identifiable structures of the face. Rhinoplasty is a procedure to reshape the nose and sometimes to improve nasal function. As a person ages, the nose often becomes longer and the tip of nose frequently begins to droop. Nasal reshaping can restore the more youthful appearance of the nose. If you are looking to achieve some great results from rhinoplasty, be sure to contact some of the best facial plastic surgeons in Charlotte, NC at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery.
A More Attractive Nose: Rhinoplasty
Those who have struggled with any deformity of the nose will understand the frustration and embarrassment associated with having an odd-looking or uneven nose. Not only does it distract from your other facial features, but it is most often the first thing people notice about you. Additionally, some of our patients have specific concerns like a prominent hump (dorsal hump) or a wide nasal tip. Some of the most common complaints also include a wide nose, a boxy nose, a crooked nose, or even just difficulty breathing through one or both sides of the nose. If you feel that your nose is the wrong shape, size, out of proportion, unbalanced, or doesn’t fit with the rest of your face, rhinoplasty can correct those aesthetic issues and greatly increase your self-confidence.
An experienced surgeon from Criswell & Criswell can manipulate the cartilage or bones inside the nose to improve the shape and correct deformities or excess cartilage in the nasal tip, bridge, or nostrils. The incisions are small and very discreet, with some procedures allowing for all incisions to be placed within the nose to avoid any visible scarring. Even in procedures that require incisions on the outer surface, they are carefully placed so that once healed, they are almost undetectable.
The professionals at our surgery centers do everything possible to help you feel at ease, comfortable, and confident throughout every phase of treatment.
Is a Nose Job Right for Me?
Many people are very unhappy with the size, shape, or function of the nose. If you are living with any of the following issues, you may be a candidate for this procedure:
- Oddly-shaped nose
- Bump on bridge of nose
- Droopy nose tip
- Bulbous nose tip
- Overlarge nostrils
- Difficulty breathing through nose
- Overlarge nose, out-of-balance with facial features
Medical Reasons for Rhinoplasty
There are medical reasons for a rhinoplasty procedure, which may be covered by your medical insurance if a nasal deformity is causing a serious health problem. For example, sleep apnea is a disorder in which an individual has trouble breathing or even temporarily stops breathing while asleep, and the disorder can be caused or worsened by an abnormality in the structure of the nasal passages
The center structure within the nose (the septum) may be crooked, which can be the cause of breathing difficulties or sleep disorders. This can be straightened with a septoplasty procedure, a variation of rhinoplasty during which the surgeon straightens, trims, or repositions the deviated septum.
This procedure usually only requires incisions inside the nose, without visible scars after healing. When surgery is performed to improve your nasal function (improve breathing), your insurance may pay for part or all of the procedure, so be sure to verify your insurance in the case of certain rhinoplasty specialty procedures like septoplasty or revision rhinoplasty.
Depending on the complexity of your procedure, your surgeon may suggest either general or local anesthesia. There are two types of incisions for rhinoplasty: open or endonasal. In an open rhinoplasty, an incision is placed under your nose, between the nostrils, connecting with other incisions within the nose structure.
Cartilage grafts are usually made by removing cartilage from the septum, but in some cases, ear cartilage can be harvested for the procedure. Silicone implants can be used for the nose, but cartilage grafts are your own tissue, with a lower risk of complications. The procedure usually takes one to three hours depending on its complexity, and most patients can return home the same day after a short observation period. The experienced staff at Criswell & Criswell in Charlotte, NC will make you feel at ease by guiding you through the details of the healing process and your follow-up appointments.
Recovery and Care
Recovery can vary based on the degree of restructuring involved in a rhinoplasty procedure, but it will be a few weeks before you can resume normal activities or exercise.
Bruises and swelling around the nose and eyes are common and will fade with time. You will likely have bandages and a nasal splint for support. You may have material inside your nose to act as internal support and keep the airways clear of fluids or crusting. The packing may be removed after a few days to a week, but the splint and bandages are typically left on for seven to ten days.
Avoid exercising, lifting, bending, or other kinds of exertion for the first few weeks and until you have followed up with your plastic surgeon and cleared for more vigorous physical activity. After the first few weeks, some swelling may persist for up to a year, typically very minor, and not noticeable to other people.
Be careful with getting dressed or other activities near the face to ensure that your nose isn’t bumped, which can interfere with the healing of the reconstructed areas.
Our Charlotte, North Carolina Office
Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery is owned by Dr. Bryan Criswell and his wife, Dr. Kara Criswell. They are both highly-skilled surgeons who have dedicated themselves to providing high quality results and personalized, compassionate surgical services, including nose surgeries. Committed to their community, they live in the Charlotte area with their children and have two offices and a new, state-of-the-art surgery center to serve the community. Make a consultation appointment with one of our offices to explore rhinoplasty options, and take the first steps in resolving aesthetic or functional problems with the nose.