The nose is not only a central focal point on the face but also an important structure for breathing and sleeping. The nose is often one of the first things that people notice on their faces. Rhinoplasty can be done as cosmetic surgery in order to improve the look, shape, and proportions of the nose. But this surgery can also be done to improve the function. For patients suffering from a deviated septum, rhinoplasty can fix that. At Associates of Otolaryngology, our team of specialists can help to improve the look and function of the nose for our patients from in and around Denver, Colorado.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a facial procedure that focuses on the nose. It is done to improve the appearance and functionality of the nose. Rhinoplasty can be combined with septoplasty, which is done to correct a deviated septum. This nose surgery helps patients to feel confident in their appearance but also have a better quality of life by breathing easier.
What Rhinoplasty Can Treat?
- Nose size
- Nose profile with humps or depressions
- Enlarged nasal tip
- Large, wide, or upturned nostrils
- Nasal asymmetry
- Structural issues
- Birth defects
How is Rhinoplasty Done?
To begin the rhinoplasty journey, patients need to meet with one of our specialists for a consultation. When patients come in for their rhinoplasty consultation, we perform computerized imaging and stimulation. We use the 3D Vectra imaging in order to help show our patients what their potential results could look like, so they have a better understanding of the procedure. This system is helpful so patients can see what they will look like after their rhinoplasty surgery.
Depending on the complexity of the procedure, rhinoplasty can be performed under general or local anesthesia. There are two techniques to perform this surgery, open or closed. With both techniques, incisions will be made across the narrow strip that separates the nostrils, also known as the columella. The only difference is that, during an open technique, the incision is made on the outside of the nose, while during a closed technique, the incision is made inside the nose.
If a septoplasty is performed as well, the Denver surgeon will readjust the septum into the correct position. Any barriers, such as excess bone or cartilage, will also be removed, and the mucous membrane repositioned. While stitches may be necessary to keep the septum and membrane in place, cotton may be enough o keep the nose in the correct position during healing.
Function and Aesthetics
The shape of the nose affects functionality. For people who have a crooked nose, they may have trouble breathing. With rhinoplasty, it is possible to achieve a beautiful nose that is completely functional. At Associates of Otolaryngology, we can help to improve the overall appearance and functionality of the nose for our patients.
Rhinoplasty is done as an outpatient procedure, so patients can return home the same day as their surgery to start recovery. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort will occur, but pain medication can be prescribed to help control any of the discomforts. Physical activity should be limited for several weeks after surgery to prevent any damage or further swelling. It is important to take care of your nose, so avoid contact sports, touching the nose, and sleep with your head upright as the tissues heal.
Most patients notice an improvement in breathing functionality shortly after surgery as well as some improvement in their appearance. However, it may take up to a year to see the final results of the rhinoplasty.
Skilled Rhinoplasty Surgeons
The nose is not just a fixture on the face, it is a functioning part of the respiratory system. So, the surgeon who performs nose surgery should have a thorough understanding of the anatomy and function of the nose. The team of specialists at Associates of Otolaryngology in Denver and Lone Tree, Colorado are experienced in the complexities of the nose and nasal airways. They also understand the aesthetics and techniques of facial plastic surgeons. Patients can rely on our team to give them beautiful, functional noses.
If you believe that you may be able to benefit from rhinoplasty in Denver and Lone Tree, contact Associates of Otolaryngology today to schedule a consultation.