Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, may involve correction of cosmetic concerns, functional nasal concerns, or a combination of functional and aesthetic issues. Rhinoplasty surgery can help relieve breathing problems, reduce or increase the size of the nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge of the nose, straighten the nose, change the shape of the nostrils, and may correct deformities caused by previous rhinoplasty surgery (revision rhinoplasty). Additionally, there are many changes possible, and each surgical plan depends on the patient’s specific concerns.
The appearance of the nose, and how it fits into overall facial harmony, is very important in facial aesthetics. A nose that is disproportionate, malformed, crooked, or prominent can become distressing for many people. Creating a more harmonious facial appearance through nasal surgery can allow a patient to have a better sense of self, an increased quality of psychological health, and more self-confidence. It is true that undergoing elective surgery requires an investment in terms of time, courage, and money. But once a patient understands what surgery can accomplish, and what surgery entails, he or she often feels reassured, and realizes that they can do it. The goal is to make you look better and more natural each and every day for the rest of your life.
Tiny incisions are made, allowing the surgeon to access the underlying nasal structure. Once the skin is opened, the cartilage and bones may be reshaped according to the patient’s wishes. Two basic methods are utilized for performing nose surgery: the ‘open’ and the ‘closed’ techniques. There are advantages and disadvantages of each technique. Dr. Warner will discuss the techniques during the initial consultation and help decide what is best for you. If functional surgery is also indicated, it will be performed during the same operation to maximize your outcome and take advantage of a combined recovery period.
In the vast majority of cases, insurance does not cover surgery on the nose if it simply to change the appearance. If rhinoplasty is being utilized to correct a breathing problem, the procedure may be covered under the patient’s insurance policy. Your surgeon will discuss this with you during your consultation and explore your options.
General or local. Typically, general is safer than “twilight” if major work must performed.
Length of surgery
1 to 4 hours
Length of stay
Outpatient (home the same day)