Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
Serving Patients in Lyndhurst and Cleveland, OH
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to improve the shape or size of the nose. A properly performed rhinoplasty can dramatically enhance facial harmony and balance in between the facial features. The key is to select a rhinoplasty surgeon with the experience and surgical skills to yield consistently favorable results. A great surgeon also understands the nuances of the facial features, and how subtle tweaks can have powerful effects.
Dr. Rod Green is one of Cleveland’s most trusted rhinoplasty surgeons. He has helped hundreds of people experience life changing transformations. Dr. Green urges anyone that is unhappy with their nose to learn more about the procedure and meet with him for an informational consultation to discuss the options.
Would I Benefit from Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is tailored to the individual needs of the patient. The operation may be performed to reshape the nose, smooth bumps on the bridge of the nose, improve the angle between the nose and face or refine a bulbous or drooping nasal tip. It brings the nose into better proportion with the rest of the facial features.
Rhinoplasty can benefit individuals who:
- Are bothered by the size, shape or angle of their nose
- Feel their nose doesn’t “fit” the rest of their face
- Would like to refine their nostrils, nasal tip or another feature of their nose
- Have difficulty breathing through their nostrils because of a nasal blockage or irregularity
Suitable Rhinoplasty Candidates
Good candidates for rhinoplasty are individuals that are in good physical and psychological health and do not smoke. They should have a positive attitude and reasonable expectations of the outcomes of surgery. Ideal candidates understand that the goal is improvement in the appearance of the nose (not perfection).
It is not uncommon for teenagers that feel self-conscious of their nose to request rhinoplasty. Experienced plastic surgeons will not operate on teenage patients unless their nose has stopped growing. This typically occurs around age 15 to 16 in girls and 17 to 18 in boys.
Dr. Green meets with interested candidates to examine their nose and discuss their personal concerns and wishes. Based on this information, a treatment plan is proposed and the goals of surgery are clearly established. Part of the process is taking digital photographs and modifying the shape of the nose on the screen together with the candidate.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Rhinoplasty is generally performed on an outpatient basis at an accredited surgery center.
There are two approaches to rhinoplasty: open and closed. The open approach is performed through an incision across the thin strip of skin separating the nostrils (called the columella). The closed approach is performed through incisions made inside the nostrils. Dr. Green generally prefers to use the open rhinoplasty technique, which allows direct visualization of the nasal skeleton for more precise modification.
After making the surgical incisions, Dr. Green separates the skin from the underlying structures. Then, he makes the necessary modifications to the nasal cartilage, tissue and bone. Depending on the goals of the procedure, Dr. Green can shorten, lengthen, reduce or increase the projection of the nose, as well as narrow or widen it as necessary. He can also enlarge or reduce the tip or narrow the base.
When Dr. Green is finished making the necessary modifications, he closes the incisions with sutures and applies surgical dressings. An external splint is placed to support the nose’s shape as it heals. Sometimes an internal splint is also used. Packing is usually not needed.
Recovering from Rhinoplasty
After being monitored for a short time at the surgery center, the rhinoplasty patient is released into the care of an adult, who should escort the patient home and help him or her get into a comfortable position. Patients tend to feel tired from the effects of anesthesia, and usually sleep for the remainder of the day.
It is common to have post-operative side effects such as bruising or swelling for a few weeks (the bruising may extend to the area around the eyes). Patients typically do not have a lot of energy for a few days after surgery, and are encouraged to relax and rest as much as possible. Any strenuous activity or exercise should be avoided during the initial recovery. The head should be elevated (even while sleeping) as the nose heals. Oral medication is prescribed for any pain.
Generally, patients take one to two weeks off from work or school. Most of the bruising and swelling resolves within that timeframe, and any residual bruising can be concealed with makeup. It can take up to a year for the swelling to completely disappear.
Dr. Green provides comprehensive post-operative instructions, including when to return to the office for follow-up visits. Patients are advised to wait for his approval before returning to work, exercise, socializing and other normal activities.
Schedule a Rhinoplasty Consultation
Are you unhappy with the appearance of your nose? Would you like to explore your rhinoplasty treatment options? To learn more about rhinoplasty, please contact the office of Dr. Green and request a consultation with the doctor. You can reach us by calling 440-527-5702 today.