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Rhinoplasty

What is a Rhinoplasty?

The nose is the central feature of our face and can have a dramatic impact on facial appearance and harmony. A Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that enhances the appearance of the nose.

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Why is Rhinoplasty performed?

 

Rhinoplasty is performed to change the shape and size of the nose to enhance the aesthetics of the nose and improve facial harmony. In certain patients, a rhinoplasty can improve breathing. There is no such thing as an ideal nose. Everyone’s facial characteristics are unique and Dr. Diaconu stives to create the best nose that fits you.

 

What are the types of rhinoplasty?

 

There are numerous techniques used in nose surgery. These techniques can be broken down into open and closed procedures. In open procedures, a small external incision and hidden internal incisions are created to expose the entire structure of the nose. As such, the architecture of the nose is manipulated under direct vision. A closed rhinoplasty is performed only through internal incisions and manipulation of the architecture is done through minimal exposure. While less invasive, visualization is decreased making changes to the nose more difficult. Which procedure is best depends on what is being addressed. Dr. Diaconu can help design the best treatment plan for you based on your aesthetic goals and physical characteristics.

 

Concurrent Procedures:

 

In patients with a deviated septum and difficulty breathing, Dr. Diaconu may recommend a concurrent septoplasty which is a procedure that helps straighten the bone and cartilage that separates the two sides of the nose. Depending on the aesthetic needs, and often in the setting of revision rhinoplasty, cartilage from the ear or rib may be harvested to be used for your rhinoplasty. If this is anticipated, Dr. Diaconu will thoroughly discuss these additional procedures with you.

 

How to prepare:

  • Smoking cessation

  • Avoid any blood thinning medications

  • Remove all makeup

  • Remove jewelry

 

What to expect: 

  • Most patient’s go home the same day of surgery

  • You will have an external splint to protect your nose. Some patients may also have internal splints. These will be removed 1 week after surgery

  • You will have two drains which are usually removed one day after surgery

  • Most patients return to work after 1 to 2 weeks

  • Over the next several weeks your swelling will resolve, and your final breast shape will settle in. Depending on the extent of rhinoplasty swelling may take up to 3 to 4 months to see the final results

  • Dr. Diaconu will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions and will meet with you regularly throughout your entire recovery

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