Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Nose surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, is a procedure done to reshape the nose to enhance overall facial harmony. It can also be used to correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.
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Who is a Nose Surgery Candidate?
If you feel that your nose is too small or too big, is crooked, is badly shaped, or does not seem to fit with the rest of your face, nose surgery may be a good option for you. Ideal candidates will be in good health, be nonsmokers, and have a positive outlook on their procedure. A consultation with Dr. Cusimano is the best way to determine if this procedure is right for you.
The Nose Surgery Procedure
Nose surgery can be performed using the open technique or the closed technique. Through the incisions that are made, Dr. Cusimano will gently raise the nasal skin to allow access to reshape the nasal bones and cartilages.
Incisions are created on the outside of the nose in the area of tissue between the nostrils called the columella. These incisions then connect with other incisions hidden inside of the nose. This technique allows for full visualization of the nasal structures, and the small scare at the base of the nose is barely visible after it heals.
All incisions are made inside of the nasal passages, which means there are no visible scars after surgery. The nose surgery technique that is right for you will depend on your individual anatomy and aesthetic goals, which can be discussed during your consultation.
Before & After
What to Expect After Nose Surgery
Immediately after your nose surgery, you may be required to wear a nasal splint over your nose for support. You may also have a small triangular bandage placed beneath the tip of your nose. Nasal packing will be placed inside of the nose to support the nose and keep the airways clean of debris. A small tube may be inserted into each airway to allow you to breathe more easily when the packing is in place. All surgical packing will be removed within seven days, and the splint and bandages will be removed within 10 days. Swelling will be present, which may persist for up to a year after surgery, so it is important to be patient when waiting for final results. Dr. Cusimano will provide you with specific recovery instructions that will help your recovery to go smoothly.
CAN A NOSE JOB MAKE YOUR NOSE SMALLER?
A nose job, or rhinoplasty, can be chosen to reduce the size of the nose.
CAN RHINOPLASTY HELP SINUS PROBLEMS?
A rhinoplasty can, in some cases, be performed to relieve sinus issues. This is known as a functional rhinoplasty.
CAN I SLEEP ON MY SIDE AFTER RHINOPLASTY?
After your rhinoplasty, you should sleep on your back with your head elevated. Avoid sleeping on your side or stomach for several weeks after your rhinoplasty to avoid improper healing.
CAN YOU DIE FROM RHINOPLASTY?
In exceptionally rare cases, severe complications from rhinoplasty can result in death. This is true of all surgeries.
CAN NASAL BONE BE SHAPED?
In some cases, the nasal bone can be reshaped to achieve the desired rhinoplasty results. During a consultation, your plastic surgeon will explain what you can expect.
DO NOSE JOBS LAST FOREVER?
Because rhinoplasties are reserved for patients with fully developed noses, typically the results of a rhinoplasty are very long lasting.
CAN NASAL POLYPS CHANGE SHAPE OF NOSE?
No, nasal polyps are located deeper in the nasal cavity so they don’t affect the external shape of the nose.
DOES DEVIATED SEPTUM SURGERY CHANGE YOUR NOSE?
Correcting a deviated septum will not on its own change the shape of the nose, but it can be performed as part of a cosmetic rhinoplasty.
HOW LONG ARE YOU SWOLLEN AFTER RHINOPLASTY?
The majority of swelling dissipates within two weeks, although some residual swelling means you won’t experience the full results for up to a year after the procedure.
HOW BAD IS NOSE JOB RECOVERY?
The first three days are the most uncomfortable, but rhinoplasty recovery is not too painful. Most patients are back to work after a week at home.