While Rhinoplasty is most commonly known as a cosmetic surgery procedure to improve the shape and proportions of the nose, it can also be done to improve the function of the nose. Oftentimes, a patient who has a deviated septum has trouble breathing, interrupting their quality of life. A rhinoplasty can help to improve the look and function of the nose for a happier you.

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a procedure done to improve the shape of the nose. It can also be combined with septoplasty, which is done to correct a deviated septum. A rhinoplasty can enhance facial harmony, as well as improve the proportions of the nose.

How is Rhinoplasty Done?

Depending on the complexity of the procedure, rhinoplasty can be performed under general or local anesthesia. A rhinoplasty can be done using an open or closed technique. During 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, and during a closed technique, the incision is made inside of the nose.

If a septoplasty is performed as well, the 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 to keep the nose in the correct position during healing.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

A rhinoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure, so patients can return home the same day as surgery. Swelling and discomfort will occur, though pain medication can be prescribed to help control any discomfort that may occur. Physical activity should be limited for several weeks after surgery to prevent further swelling.

Patients should notice an improvement in breathing shortly after surgery, though the appearance of your new nose may take up to a year to settle.

If you believe you may be able to benefit from a rhinoplasty in Denver, contact Associates of Otolaryngology today to schedule your initial consultation.

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