If you haven’t heard the term before, you likely know it by another name: a “nose job”. “Rhinoplasty” comes from two Ancient Greek root words, and literally translates to “nose forming” or “nose reshaping”. Indeed, this is a surgical procedure in which a facial cosmetic surgeon alters the shape and/or size of the nose.
How Rhinoplasty Works
In most cases, rhinoplasties can be done on an outpatient basis – meaning that no overnight hospitalization is necessary, and patients can go home within an hour or so of their procedure’s completion. Either general anesthesia or IV sedation is administered, numbing the patient to pain. The surgeon then makes small incisions in and/or around the nose, in order to reach and reshape underlying bone and cartilage. Splints (both internal and external) may be placed in order to help protect the nose’s new shape during early recovery – these will be removed during a follow-up appointment, along with any stitches. Most patients are back to their normal routine within a week or two.
Is Rhinoplasty Right For Me?
Despite the connotations of the term “nose job”, rhinoplasty isn’t a purely cosmetic procedure. It can be a very helpful way of surgically treating breathing and congestion issues, especially those caused by nasal asymmetry or a deviated septum. If you’ve been experiencing issues with chronic snoring or any other signs of breathing obstruction, speak to Dr. Robert Hunt and our staff about your options.
That said, of course, many patients do opt for elective rhinoplasties for cosmetic reasons. This procedure can be effective at decreasing the size of your nose, straightening it out, and smoothing down bumps and other asymmetries. Rhinoplasty can also be done as a way of repairing physical trauma resulting from an injury. If you’ve been self-conscious about your facial appearance for a long time, you may be amazed at the effect that a rhinoplasty can have on your confidence and demeanor.
Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery is northwest Georgia’s premier oral/facial surgery and dental implant specialist. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.