PROFILES Rhinoplasty Surgery FAQ’s
Q – What is Rhinoplasty Surgery (Nose Surgery)?
Rhinoplasty surgery, also known as Nose Surgery or Nasal Surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure which can improve the appearance of the nose as well as the function. Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Patients may seek Rhinoplasty surgery because they dislike the appearance of the nose they were born with, because they are unhappy with changes that have occurred to the nose through injury or age, or to improve breathing. A variety of changes can be achieved with Rhinoplasty surgeryincluding a reduction or increase in the overall size, removal of a hump, narrowing of the nostrils, a change in the angle between the nose and upper lip, and a change to the tip or bridge of the nose.
Q – Who is a good candidate for Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Those who are unhappy with the appearance and/or function of the nose may be good candidates for Rhinoplasty. As with all types of facial plastic surgery, good health and realistic expectations are essential. Rhinoplasty specialists Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman will also consider other factors like skin type, ethnic background, and age. While there are occasional exceptions, younger patients should not undergo Rhinoplasty until the nose has reached its full growth, usually about a year after puberty starts.
Q – At what age can Rhinoplasty be performed?
Though there are exceptions on occasion, Rhinoplasty should only be performed on younger patients once the nose has reached its full growth. This tends to occur around the age of fifteen or sixteen.
Q – What does the consultation for Rhinoplasty entail?
During your complimentary consultation with Rhinoplasty Surgeons Dr. Solieman or Dr. Litner, you will explain what you dislike about your nose. Your medical history will be taken and you should be certain to discuss any medications, vitamins or recreational drugs you are taking, whether or not you smoke, any allergies or breathing difficulties you have, any medical conditions you have, and any previous surgery or injuries to the nose. The doctors will evaluate the structure of your nose and face and discuss the possibilities available to you. A picture of you will be taken and used in imaging so that you and the doctor can develop a realistic expectation for surgery. Any questions you may have will be answered and the details of the Rhinoplasty surgery will be discussed including the technique, the anesthesia, the facility, the recovery, the potential risks, and the costs of Rhinoplasty.
Q – Where do Dr. Solieman and Dr. Litner perform Rhinoplasty?
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeons Dr Litner and Dr Solieman perform all outpatient procedures, such as Rhinoplasty, together in their brand new, state-of-the-art, fully accredited, office-based Plastic Surgery facility located in Beverly Hills.
Q – What type of anesthesia will be used for my Rhinoplasty nose surgery?
Los Angeles Rhinoplasty specialists Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman commonly use general anesthesia for the Rhinoplasty nasal surgery. However, the extent of your Rhinoplasty procedure and your preference can also help to determine the anesthesia used.
Q – How is the Rhinoplasty surgery performed?
Once anesthesia is administered, incisions are made to separate the skin of the nose from the underlying framework of bone and cartilage. These are then sculpted to a more desirable shape, with the exact nature of the sculpting determined by your particular problem. The skin is then redraped over the framework once the new shape is achieved. A splint will be applied to the outside of your nose after surgery.
Q – How long does the surgery for Rhinoplasty take to perform?
Rhinoplasty often takes about two hours to perform. Of course, more complicated procedures can take longer.
Q – Where are the incisions for Rhinoplasty located?
Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman are trained to perform both “closed” and “open” techniques for Rhinoplasty. With closed Rhinoplasty, all incisions are made on the inside of the nose. With open Rhinoplasty nose surgery, there are incisions made on the inside of the nose along with a small incision made across the columella, or the strip of skin which separates the nostrils on the underside of the nose. Though open Rhinoplasty will leave a small, well-concealed scar, it may be preferred for more complicated cases or those which involve the nasal tip.
Q – Will I be in much pain after undergoing Rhinoplasty surgery?
One of the main reasons for discomfort after Rhinoplasty surgery is the use of nasal packing, or soft, absorbent material which is placed inside of the nose. Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman rarely use nasal packing after nose surgery, thus providing a more comfortable postoperative period. Patients may still experience a dull headache and the nose may ache, which can be controlled with medication.
Q – What is the recovery like after Rhinoplasty?
During the first day after Rhinoplasty surgery, the face may feel puffy. There may also be some bruising and minor swelling around the eyes which can be alleviated with cold compresses. Patients may also experience a dull headache and some achiness of the nose which can be controlled with medication. Within five to seven days after your Rhinoplasty nose surgery, the splint and nasal dressings will be removed. Absorbable sutures are often used and do not need to be removed. You will be advised not to blow your nose for one week. Care will need to be taken when washing your face and hair and using cosmetics, and you will need to avoid rubbing, hitting or getting the nose sunburned for eight weeks. Glasses will need to be taped to the forehead or propped on the cheeks until the nose has completely healed. The doctors will give you specific instructions for your recovery and it’s essential that you follow them closely.
Q – How soon will I be able to return to work after my Rhinoplasty nose surgery?
Sedentary work can usually be resumed in about five to seven days after Rhinoplasty.
Q – How soon will I be able to exercise after my Rhinoplasty surgery?
Though you will be given specific instructions on resuming your normal activities, you will need to avoid strenuous activities for two to three weeks. This includes jogging, bending, swelling, sexual activity, and any other activity than increases the blood pressure. You will also need to avoid getting a sunburn on the nose and rubbing or hitting the nose for eight weeks.
Q – When will the stitches be removed after my rhinoplasty procedure?
Absorbable stitches are often used for Rhinoplasty and these do not require removal.
Q – Are there any risks associated with rhinoplasty?
As with all types of surgery, Rhinoplasty nasal surgery does have potential risks which may include adverse anesthesia reactions, incomplete improvement, infection, small burst blood vessels, and the need for additional surgery. Dr. Solieman and Dr. Litner will discuss all possible risks during your initial consultation.
Q – Is Rhinoplasty surgery covered by insurance?
Insurance generally does not cover surgery that is purely cosmetic in nature, though some amount of coverage may be available when Rhinoplasty nose surgery is performed to correct or improve nasal function or treat an injury or major deformity. Rhinoplasty Patients will need to check with their own insurance carrier.
Q – Will I have scars after Rhinoplasty?
The PROFILES Beverly Hills closed technique for Rhinoplasty results in no visible scarring as all incisions are made on the inside of the nose. With the open technique, in which an additional small incision is made on the strip of skin separating the nostrils on the underside of the nose, you will have a small, well-concealed scar. Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Rhinoplasty surgeons and specialists Dr. Solieman and Dr. Litner are trained and perform both techniques.
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