Nose Surgery or Rhinoplasty
Even a small surgical adjustment made to your nose can result in a big improvement in overall facial harmony. Nose surgery or rhinoplasty involves more than merely making noses smaller. As your most prominent facial feature, a nose that is out of proportion or unbalanced with other features can negatively impact your self-image. Your nose needs to look natural and compliment other facial features; it is a balancing of size, width and angles.
What can rhinoplasty surgery accomplish for me?
A Rhinoplasty is a highly individualized procedure. Alterations may include eliminating bumps or irregularities on the bridge, lowering a high bridge or raising a low bridge with grafts, and a wide bridge can be narrowed. The tip of the nose can be reduced or enlarged as well as turned up or down; even changing the size and position of the nostrils can be achieved with a rhinoplasty.The earliest recommended age for a Rhinoplasty is in the mid teenage years when the nose is fully developed.
What kinds of rhinoplasty surgeries does Dr. Jewell offer?
Dr. Jewell performs both open and closed rhinoplasty depending on the best approach for you. An open rhinoplasty requires a small incision on the column that separates the nostrils, but allows Dr. Jewell greater access to correct the problems of your nose and underlying structures.
Will insurance pay for the procedure?
Rhinoplasty surgery is for cosmetic and health-related issues to correct structural abnormalities like a previously broken nose or a deviated septum which can lead to breathing problems, chronic stuffiness, snoring and post nasal drip. Insurance may pay for a correction of a documented deviated septum (septoplasty) but generally not a rhinoplasty.
What should I expect?
Dr. Jewell typically does this procedure under general anesthesia at the outpatient ambulatory surgical center. When it comes to stitches, dissolving sutures are used internally, and dissolving or removable sutures close the wound at any external incisions. You will wake up with a splint covering your nose and nasal packing will be inside your nostrils to support the nose internally. These may be uncomfortable but you must not remove them without Dr. Jewell’s permission. You will come to the office the next day to get the packing out, but you will wear the splint 24/7 for the first week.
When will I see the final results?
The results of your Rhinoplasty are immediately visible in the operating room, but it will be quickly hidden by splints and bandages and obscured by swelling. You will be sporting your new look within two to four weeks, but your nose shape will continue to refine itself over the next following year.
What will recovery from a rhinoplasty look like?
Following surgery you must have your caregiver drive you home or stay with you in a hotel in Eugene, Oregon. The following day after surgery your caregiver will bring you to the office for your first post-op appointment. Expect to be swollen, bruised in the eye and cheek region and stuffed up. You will have a drip pad placed at the end of your nose which will need to be changed. Remember no nose blowing is allowed.
A soft diet may be best tolerated. Your prescription for pain pills as well as cool compresses applied often during the first 48 hours will help keep you comfortable. You may have a mild headache and will want to sleep with your head elevated on a couple of pillows. You will be breathing through your mouth so drink extra fluids and sucking on candies can help. Plus use a lip balm on your lips. If you wear eyeglasses, be ready to keep them in their case for a couple of days. Contact lenses can be used as tolerated. You should be back to your basic/normal routine within a week and back to regular exercise within three to six weeks. Before resuming any contact sports or an activity that can cause injury to your nose, please talk to Dr. Jewell.