Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure in which deformities or undesirable features of the nose are corrected by removing, rearranging or reshaping nasal bone and cartilage.
Reasons for Surgery
Reasons include reducing the size, removing dorsal bump, improving tip definition, and narrowing the nose. Conditions may be natural or due to external trauma to the face. The operation can be performed on all age groups.
A medical history along with a careful examination is conducted in order to evaluate your general health. Dr. Chun will discuss with you the way your nose can look in relation to your other facial features. Digital photographs and computer imaging allow Dr. Chun to evaluate and formulate appropriate procedures to achieve the desired results. Pre-operative instructions may include the elimination of certain drugs that contain aspirin in order to minimize the possibility of excess bleeding. Antibiotics may be prescribed before surgery to prevent infection.
Method of Surgery
Surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia. In most cases involving a reduction in shape or size of the nose, angle or removal of a hump, the skin of the nose is elevated from the underlying skeleton of bone and cartilage. The bone and cartilage are then reshaped and the skin is re-draped.
The recovery takes one to two weeks. Most people resume their normal activities within a week or two. Following surgery, a lightweight splint is applied to maintain the new shape of the nose. The splint is removed after a week. Nasal splints may be inserted at the time of surgery to protect the septum. These are removed within a week. There is always some stuffiness of the nose, especially when work has been done on the nasal septum.
Pain is minimal and is controlled with medications. Bruising occurs around the eyes, but begins to fade within a few days. Discoloration usually disappears in two weeks.
Your insurance company may pay for all or part of the costs associated with your surgery if it is performed as a result of nasal obstruction. It is recommended that you check with your carrier to determine if there is coverage.