Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
Rhinoplasty, often called nasal enhancement and nose job (I hate that term) is among the most difficult plastic surgical procedures. It is also one of the most commonly performed procedures. In many of my patients Rhinoplasty, which improves the shape and /or size of the nose, is combined with septoplasty to improve breathing and function.
Rhinoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia which I find is the most comfortable way for my patients. Patients go home the same day. This is a procedure that can be performed at almost any age, with my patients ranging in age from 14 years (see article on teenage surgery) to 70 years old (often combined with facelift). Rhinoplasty can be performed to increase or reduce the size of the nose, to shape of the tip or bridge of the nose, or to alter the slope or angle of the nose. Rhinoplasty may also be performed to correct an injury or birth defect, or to improve breathing.
Dr. LoVerme uses the “open” approach in most cases because he can achieve more exacting results. This means that through a small incision in the columella (the “column” between the left & right nostrils) and other incisions inside the nose, he can lift the skin of the nose away from the bone and cartilage framework beneath, which is then shaped and sculpted as desired. The skin is then redraped over the “new” framework. In national studies, this approach has a much lower complication rate than the closed rhinoplasty.
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Following rhinoplasty surgery, bruising, swelling and discomfort can be expected, but all can be alleviated with cold compresses and medication prescribed by Dr. LoVerme (The most visible swelling and bruising are usually gone within one to two weeks.) If used, packing is removed 24 – 48 hours after surgery, and you can usually return to work or non-strenuous activities within a week. Strenuous activities and unprotected sports may be resumed in 4-6 weeks.
For more information on rhinoplasty, contact the LoVerme Center for Plastic Surgery in New Jersey.