Top Michigan Rhinoplasty Surgeon
Nose reshaping surgery – often called a “nose job” or by its technical name “Rhinoplasty” – is usually performed to alter the size, shape and, in some cases, the function of the nose.
Rhinoplasty is one of the more complicated facial surgeries. It can include reshaping or removing portions of the bone or cartilage, reshaping or narrowing the bridge of the nose, re-sculpting the tip of the nose, or altering and improving the overall appearance of the nostrils. Each procedure must be customized to the individual – one nose does not fit all.
It is important to find a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali with high level skill and considerable experience in performing rhinoplasties. If your rhinoplasty is intended to correct breathing dysfunction, most insurances will pay at least for a portion of the surgery. However, if you are having a nose job purely for cosmetic reasons, health insurance plans will not pay for it.
Even small changes to your nose can make a large difference in how your nose looks, how it works, and how you feel about your overall appearance. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali is committed to working closely with you from start to finish to get rhinoplasty results that you will love.
How Nose Reshaping is Performed
Rhinoplasty surgery is usually performed under a general anesthetic. The length of time required to perform the operation is 1 to 3 hours. In addition to creating a more attractive nose, rhinoplasty may also be performed to improve breathing.
There are many different rhinoplasty techniques. Surgery may be performed through incisions placed inside the nose; this is called “closed rhinoplasty.” Another technique is “open rhinoplasty” where the incisions are made across the columella, the vertical strip of tissue separating the nostrils, as well as within the nose.
Modern concepts in rhinoplasty typically incorporate reshaping of the tissue and/or building up the nose to achieve an aesthetically pleasing form – rather than older techniques of breaking the bones and removing large amounts of tissue.
Dr. Ali personalizes each rhinoplasty procedure to the individual patient. He will evaluate your other facial features and help you understand how changes to your nose could enhance or affect your overall appearance. He will then work with you to customize a rhinoplasty surgical plan that will best meet your appearance goals.
Rhinoplasty Before & After
What to Expect After Rhinoplasty Surgery
The first week after surgery you should rest your head in an elevated position to help minimize swelling. You may experience some bleeding, bruising and swelling, but this will subside over a few weeks.
In addition to a nasal splint you will also typically have some packing inside the nose, which will be removed by your surgeon. Within 10 days after surgery, your swelling should reach its peak and begin to subside. You can apply makeup to conceal any bruising. Some moderate activity can be resumed, but nothing strenuous. Several weeks after the surgery you can resume most of your normal activities.