The nose is the focal point of the face. Rhinoplasty focuses on refining part of the external appearance in the nose. This surgery is often done for cosmetic purposes. However, this procedure can also be combined with “functional” reasons in order to allow our patients to breathe better through their nose.
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Beauty is often perceived by the human eye as balance. The nose is no different. A nose that isn’t balanced with the face will become noticeable- usually for negative reasons. A nose that’s too large, too wide, or with a dorsal hump can be easily spotted with a quick passing glance. These characteristics can be gently refined to bring things back into balance and restore facial harmony.
Dr. Robb also specializes in nasal reconstruction after skin cancer reconstruction. Performing these procedures demands full understanding of nasal anatomy, function, and the appearance. Reconstructing the nose after significant cancer surgery creates a scenario that provides extensive knowledge and comfort with primary and revision rhinoplasty.
A thorough understanding of nasal anatomy and facial relationships is paramount in nasal surgery. Trust your nose to a facial surgeon who fully understands these intricacies.
Dr. Robb is a nasal surgeon. He is trained to treat all aspects of the nose and nasal conditions including chronic sinusitis, nasal obstruction, deviated septum, and sinunasal masses. Many times, cosmetic rhinoplasty can be added on to other procedures regarding the nose.
You may be a candidate for rhinoplasty if you:
- Feel that your nose doesn’t fit your face
- Don’t like the look of your nose
- Have experience nasal trauma resulting in nasal deformity
- Cannot breathe through your nose
- Have undergone previous nasal surgery and still desire changes
If you’re interested in discussing changing the shape of your nose or increasing your ability to breathe, contact us
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A nose can make or break a beautiful face and nobody understands this better than nasal surgeon, Dr. Robb. During your visit, expect to discuss your concerns regarding your nose and face. Communication is the most important aspect when discussing nose refining procedures. Dr. Robb will take photos and use photo morphing software to make sure we’re all on the same page and to establish a realistic surgical result.
Breathing and the functionality of the nose will also be assessed.
Dr. Robb will perform a thorough examination of your nose and face and discuss any other aspects of treatment. The surgical approach will be tailored to your specific needs and recovery time.
During your private one-on-one consultation, Dr. Robb will discuss the procedures in detail, show before and after photos, and answer any questions you may have.
PREPARATION FOR RHINOPLASTY
Dr. Robb performs nasal reshaping in the safest manner with the best results and shortest recovery. There are several approaches often used which will be discussed during your visit.
Preparation for any medical procedure begins with realistic results. For rhinoplasty, this is often aided with morphed photos revealing the expected outcome.
Based on the specifics of your procedure, arranging adequate recovery time is important to allow your body to heal.
Stopping all blood thinners and NSAIDS (Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve) is important 1-2 weeks prior to the procedure.
Medications for after your procedure can be picked prior to your day of surgery so you have them on hand.
Arrange rides to/from our office on the day of the procedure.
Rhinoplasty is performed in a surgical center with an anesthesia staff focused on keeping your safe and comfortable during your procedure. Extreme care is taken to prevent any post operative nausea or pain.
Surgical time is variable and depends on the specific nose and areas addressed.
Depending on what was performed, occasionally, a splint is placed on the outside of the nose.
Dr. Robb generally does not use nasal packing, so breathing out of the nose after surgery is possible but one can expect to have swelling.
Swelling and some mild bruising is normal after nose reshaping.
Our office will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your new nose. If a splint was placed on the outside of the nose, it’s important to leave it alone to preserve your results. Dr. Robb doesn’t use nasal packing as he believes his patients should be comfortable after surgery.
Keeping the head elevated during the first week after surgery helps minimize swelling. Make special care not to bump or put pressure on your nose as this can dislodge some of the fine adjustments.
Afrin can be used for up to 3 days after surgery to increase nasal airflow and improve sleeping.
Acute swelling after rhinoplasty lasts 1-2 weeks, after this point, you can return to work, the mall, etc. After 2 weeks, the public is not able to recognize sequelae of a recent surgery. The final result is not appreciated until 9-12months after surgery.
Results of both procedures are immediate and their effects will last a lifetime. Notable swelling and bruising will resolve in 1-2 weeks. Dr. Robb makes himself available for his patients in the recovery period to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Time is very important during the healing process for swelling to resolve.
If nasal obstruction was part of your pre-operative concern, you should noticed a positive difference immediately to several weeks when the swelling subsides inside your nose.
The nose continues to heal for 1 year after surgery especially if nasal tip work was performed. After 1-2 weeks from nose reshaping surgery, the public will not be able to notice that a procedure was performed. The intricate details and final swelling are not always noticeable until 9-12 months.