Individuals who are unhappy with the shape or size of their nose often harbor a desire for cosmetic enhancement for a long time. The rhinoplasty procedure offered by our Charleston plastic surgeon can help turn those aesthetic dreams into a reality. Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job,” can make the nose larger or smaller, as well as adjust the shape of the bridge, tip, or nostrils. The rhinoplasty procedure can also correct injury damage and breathing abnormalities resulting from deformed internal nasal structures.

Benefits of Rhinoplasty

The rhinoplasty procedure is customized according to the anatomical features and unique cosmetic desires of each patient. In general, this face surgery can improve the proportions of an individual’s nose to create better facial balance and an enhanced overall aesthetic. Depending on a patient’s needs, rhinoplasty can adjust the nasal bridge, tip, nostrils, or septum to accomplish the following:

  • Increase or decrease the overall size of the nose
  • Reshape the nostrils for a more proportional facial balance
  • Reshape the nasal tip
  • Straighten bumps in the nasal bridge
  • Resize or recontour the nasal bridge
  • Repair a deviated septum for improved nasal breathing
  • Revise a previous nose surgery

The Rhinoplasty Procedure

The average length of rhinoplasty surgery is one to three hours. To maximize the results of the surgery, rhinoplasty is sometimes performed in conjunction with other procedures, including cheek implants or chin augmentation. Combining these procedures will increase the duration of surgery. If you are considering nose surgery, it is important to go into the surgery with realistic expectations.

During your rhinoplasty consultation at Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas, you will meet with our plastic surgeon one-on-one to discuss your cosmetic goals. At this time, Dr. Ram Kalus will be able to communicate what can and cannot be achieved with rhinoplasty surgery. Taking your unique anatomical features into account, he will develop a treatment plan that can achieve a more harmonious facial balance in relation to the proportions of your other features.

Rhinoplasty is primarily performed using either the “open” or “closed” technique. With an open approach, the incision is placed in the area between the nostrils for optimal precision and control over the surgical outcome. The closed technique places the incision internally; this approach has the benefit of leaving no visible scarring and can lead to a relatively faster rate of healing when compared to an open approach. However, there may not be as much visibility and control over the procedure, as is afforded by the open technique. Both methods can produce natural-looking results and a more favorable facial balance. The most beneficial approach for your unique anatomy and cosmetic goals can be determined during a consultation.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Dr. Kalus’ primary goal for any rhinoplasty procedure is to produce results that appear natural. In order to achieve this natural look, the unique features and proportions of each individual’s face must be considered. Dr. Kalus has extensive experience working with patients of different ethnicities (including African-American, Latino, Asian, and Middle Eastern), and he aims to address each rhinoplasty patient’s functional and cosmetic concerns while paying special attention to ethnicity for results that are harmonious with the patient’s natural facial features.

Recovery from Rhinoplasty

After the rhinoplasty procedure, patients will typically experience some bruising, swelling, tenderness, and minor discomfort in the nasal area. These symptoms should dissipate as recovery progresses. A bandage, splint, and/or gauze is applied to limit the movement of your nasal muscles, as well as facilitate the healing process. Dr. Kalus will provide specific post-operative instructions personally; however, rhinoplasty patients are generally advised to protect the nose from sun exposure for the first year following surgery. Smoking should also be abstained from for at least six weeks before and after the operation. Receiving plenty of rest and limiting movement when possible can typically accelerate the recovery period.

For more information about rhinoplasty, or to schedule a consultation, please reach out to Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas today.

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