Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)
The procedure called rhinoplasty (or nose job) is used to reshape the external nose. It may be performed with other procedures such as a septoplasty, turbinate reduction and sinus surgery to address functional problems with breathing, snoring and the sinuses. Form and function go hand in hand so it is wise to address both issues when performing nasal surgery.
Rhinoplasty surgery can be used to remove an unsightly nasal hump, reshape a bulbous tip or to simply refine the normal nose to a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. The surgery is typically done through internal incisions; however, occasionally external incisions at the base of the nose may be required to correct a twisted nasal tip or to narrow the width of the base of the nose. Occasionally implants may be used in the nose to reconstruct damaged or deficient components. These may be cartilage implants from the inside of your nose or synthetic material specifically designed for reconstruction of the nose.
The “No Pack” Nose Job
One of the greatest concerns that we hear from patients about nasal surgery is the use of nasal packing and pain after surgery. In our experience, packing of the nose with gauze is rarely necessary. By avoiding packing, the level of pain after this procedure can be greatly reduced. For most patients, the level of pain after rhinoplasty surgery is less than they anticipated. The most significant pain is generally experienced during the first 12 to 24 hours after surgery. You will be given prescription pain medication to take for this. Generally within one to two days after surgery, most patients will take Tylenol during the day and then use the prescription medication at night. Ask us about the “No Pack” nose job. Make a consultation appointment today.
It is normal to experience a stopped up nose after surgery, which is due to internal swelling. This will begin to subside about 3 to 4 days after surgery. Many patients have found it helpful to use a saline nasal spray to moisten the nose and reduce crusting inside the nose. After surgery, there will be an external splint placed on the nose with a brown flesh tone colored tape. The purpose of the splint is to maintain the shape of the nose so that the swelling after surgery does not alter the new shape of the nose. This splint will be removed 7 days after surgery.
Initial recovery time after nasal surgery is generally 7 to 10 days. There will be some degree of swelling and bruising experienced around the lower forehead and eyelid areas. Staying elevated will limit this and also speed up resolution of swelling. By 6 weeks after surgery, the nose is 90% healed; however, you may continue to see very subtle changes in the nose for another 12 to 18 months. If tip work is done on your nose, it typically takes about 6 months for this area to normalize. Wearing glasses directly on the nose is not permitted for 6 weeks after surgery. The reason is that the constant pressure on the nasal bones can cause them to shift. We will provide you with a brace to put under your glasses during this time period if you must wear glasses.
All videos, photographs, and testimonials present possible results. There is no guarantee that your results would be the same, as individual results will vary.
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The Martin Center
4621 Morrison Drive
Mobile, AL 36609
(251) 344-1622 Fax