Your nose holds a dominant position on your face. After your eyes, the nose is often the focus when meeting a new person. That’s why it’s a shame that many people aren’t happy with the appearance of their nose. Whether it’s the nose you were born with or whether you damaged it some time in your life, Dr. Lipton can perform nose surgery to change it.
What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is the clinical term for cosmetic nose surgery. This is a delicate surgery whose goal is to reshape the nose to improve the appearance and in some cases the function. Most patients want to change a feature of their nose: maybe the nostrils are overly flared; maybe the bridge arches too prominently; maybe the tip is bulbous, or sometimes a person feels his or her nose is just not proportional on the face.
Other patients have broken their nose at some point in their life. This not only can be aesthetically problematic but it often partially blocks one or both airways.
What is a septoplasty?
Septoplasty is also a nose surgery, but its goal is to repair a deviated septum. A deviated septum is a displacement of the bone and cartilage that divides the two nostrils. During septoplasty, Dr. Lipton straightens and repositions the septum into the center of the nose. This may involve trimming, repositioning, and replacing cartilage. Septoplasty is a functional surgery we perform to help open the airways.
Who is a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
Typically, anyone who doesn’t like his or her nose is a good candidate for nose surgery. The one qualification is age: the patient’s nose has to be fully-grown. This occurs at 15 to 16 for a girl, at 17 for a boy. There are many reasons people seek to change their nose. They usually fall into three categories:
- Appearance — This is the most common reason for nose surgery, to change the look of the patient’s nose. The surgery can really impact a person’s self-confidence. These are some of the most common reasons for cosmetic nose surgery:
- The tip droops or plunges
- The tip is enlarged or bulbous
- There is a bump or depression on the bridge
- The nostrils are excessively flared
- The nose is too wide or too large proportionally
- The nose is crooked or off-center
- Injury — Sports injuries, car accidents, and other trauma can leave the nose misshapen. Dr. Lipton can return the patient’s nose to its pre-accident condition.
- Breathing — Some people are born with constricted nasal passages. Rhinoplasty can open the nasal passages and improve function.
How do I prepare for nose surgery?
Preparing for rhinoplasty or septoplasty is no different than for any other surgery. You’ll need to stop taking any aspirin or ibuprofen two weeks prior, as they can increase bleeding. You’ll also have to stop taking certain other supplements and stop smoking. Dr. Lipton will walk you through the details during your consultation.
benefits of Nose Surgery
It’s hard to quantify the benefit of liking the nose you see in the mirror every morning. But a new nose that fits proportionally on your face and no longer has a bump on the bridge or other perceived flaws can be a real confidence booster.
If your surgery is functional, your breathing will improve. This can put an end to chronic snoring and possible sleep apnea.
Dr. Lipton uses two methods for his nose surgeries. The changes sought by the patient can dictate which method he uses.
- Open — First, we make a small incision across the columella (the small strip of skin between the nostrils). Then, we lift the skin up and back from the tip of the nose, exposing the underlying bone and cartilage. The open method is effective for addressing issues with the bridge. After Dr. Lipton makes alterations, he will re-drape the skin and tissue over the new structure beneath. The open method leaves a small scar underneath the nose, but it is almost invisible over time.
- Closed — In the closed method, we make all incisions within the nose. This method is used when the nose is being reshaped or re-sized, or when there is a nasal obstruction. Once the incisions are made, the soft tissues are separated from the underlying bone and cartilage. If the nose is to be made thinner or smaller, the nasal bones will be fractured to allow them to be reduced. If the nose is being built up, Dr. Lipton may use synthetic material, or if the patient prefers he can use cartilage or bone from the patient’s ears or ribs.
I cannot say enough about Dr. Lipton and his staff. Our youngest daughter had septum issues and always disliked the shape of her nose. She was scared, hesitant, nervous and sweating thinking about surgery, but the moment Dr. Lipton walked in the exam room she instantly felt at ease. He’s so easy going and funny, that she felt a bond with him the moment they met. He answered all of her questions, explained the surgery in detail, and put her mind at ease. It turned out that her septum issues were much more involved than originally expected, and surgery was a bit longer than we thought.
However, Dr. Lipton never charged us anything additional and was literally on call the entire first night as he helped monitor the bleeding and pain. We never felt alone or concerned, as he was always on the other end of the phone! For the next few weeks he had her laughing as she went through the painful recovery and removal of the packing. The best part of all though is that no one notices the surgery, because he did such an amazing job of reshaping her nose…it looks SO natural. She can breathe better too, which of course is what we were striving for to begin with.
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Nose Surgery Recovery Time
After your surgery, Dr. Lipton will pack and splinter your nose. This protects and supports the new structure. You’ll need to keep your head elevated as much as possible during your first few days of recovery, including while sleeping. You’ll have swelling and both eyes will likely blacken.
The splint will come off in one week or so, but your nose will remain swollen for 10-14 days. After that, you will have some residual swelling that can persist for weeks, especially late in the day and at night. Strenuous exercise will have to be put off for several weeks. Obviously, any sport that can impact your nose will need to be avoided for a few months.
You will notice your changes as soon as we remove your splint in about one week. You’ll have swelling, so you won’t see your final nose, but issues such as a bump on the bridge will be gone and noticeable. After a couple months, your swelling should be pretty much over, and you’ll enjoy your new nose for the rest of your life.