What Can a Rhinoplasty in Atlanta Do for Me?

The nose is the focal point of the face. A rhinoplasty performed at Robb Facial Plastic Surgery in Atlanta and Alpharetta focuses on refining the nose’s appearance. Rhinoplasties are often done for cosmetic purposes. However, they can also be performed to allow patients to breathe better through their nose.

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Why Is The Nose Important For Facial Symmetry?

Beauty is often perceived by the human eye as balance. A nose that isn’t balanced with the face is noticeable – usually for negative reasons. A nose that’s too large, too wide, or with a dorsal hump easily stands out, even with a quick passing glance.

These characteristics can be refined to balance your features and restore facial harmony. Rhinoplasty can change the shape, angle, or size of the nose, as well as reshape the tip or narrow the bridge.

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Beautiful Noses on Beautiful Faces

Dr. Robb’s Approach To Rhinoplasty

An expert in facial surgery, Dr. Robb has performed countless rhinoplasties and nasal procedures. Through years of training and experience, Dr. Robb has developed several subtle refinement techniques that can help the nose and other features create facial harmony, resulting in an elegant, natural appearance.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty With Natural-Looking Results

One method we use to create natural-looking results is called ethnic rhinoplasty. Ethnic rhinoplasty is a specialized type of nasal surgery performed to preserve the unique nasal features of patients from various ethnic backgrounds. For example, African American rhinoplasty can improve the nasal bridge, narrow the nostrils, or define the nasal tip while preserving cultural features.

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Nasal Reconstruction After Skin Cancer

Atlanta and Alpharetta facial plastic surgeon Philip Robb, Jr., MD, FACS 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 requires extensive knowledge and comfort with primary and revision rhinoplasty.

Entrust Your Nose To A Specialist

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.

Philip Robb, Jr., MD, FACS is, first and foremost, a nasal surgeon. He is trained to treat all aspects of the nose and nasal conditions, including chronic sinusitis, nasal obstruction, deviated septum, and sinonasal masses. Many times, cosmetic rhinoplasty in Atlanta is performed as part of other nasal procedures.

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Am I An Ideal Candidate For Rhinoplasty Surgery in Atlanta?

Ideal candidates are in good overall health, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations. The nasal bones should be fully grown—about age 15 for girls, and a bit older for boys—before the date of the operation if the surgery is being performed for cosmetic purposes.

If you’re interested in discussing changing the shape of your nose or increasing your ability to breathe, schedule a consultation with us. You may be a candidate for rhinoplasty in Atlanta if you:

  • Feel that your nose doesn’t fit your face
  • Don’t like the look of your nose
  • Have experienced nasal trauma that resulted in nasal deformity
  • Cannot breathe through your nose
  • Have undergone previous nasal surgery and still desire changes
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Rhinoplasty Consultation

A nose can make or break a beautiful face, and nobody understands this better than nasal surgeon Dr. Robb. A consultation with Dr. Robb is a crucial part of undergoing rhinoplasty, because it is the first step in defining a surgical plan specifically suited to your needs.

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 you are both on the same page, and to establish what a realistic surgical result would look like.

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Creating A Treatment Plan

Your medical history will be reviewed, including any underlying conditions, current medications, and past procedures. Breathing and the functionality of the nose will also be assessed. Additional diagnostic or lab tests may be requested depending on the complexity of your procedure. Dr. Robb will perform a thorough examination of your nose and face and will discuss all other aspects of treatment.

After assessing your compatibility for the surgery, Dr. Robb will formulate a personalized surgical plan to address your concerns. 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.

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Preparation for a Rhinoplasty

Dr. Robb performs nasal reshaping safely, with the goal of achieving the best results combined with the shortest recovery time possible. There are several approaches often used, which will be discussed during your consult. Preparation for any medical procedure begins with understanding what results are realistic. For rhinoplasty, we often use morphed photos to give you an idea of 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 up prior to your day of surgery, and you should arrange transportation to/from our office for your procedure in advance.

How Long Does A Rhinoplasty Take?

Rhinoplasty is performed in a surgical center with a skilled anesthesia staff focused on keeping you safe and comfortable. Extreme care is taken to prevent any post-operative nausea or pain. Depending on how complex the surgery is, the whole process can take a few hours. Surgical time is variable and depends on each patient’s specific nasal anatomy and areas addressed.

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Rhinoplasty Details

The first step in a rhinoplasty surgery is the administration of anesthesia. After this, small incisions will be made. Depending on the technique required, the incisions may be created inside or between the nostrils. Next, cartilage, bone, and/or soft tissue is removed or adjusted to reshape the nasal structure. Once the desired results are achieved, sutures will be used to close the incisions. 

Occasionally, a splint is placed on the outside of the nose. Dr. Robb generally does not use nasal packing, so breathing with the nose after surgery is possible; however one can expect to have swelling and some mild bruising after nose reshaping.

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Rhinoplasty Results

Results of rhinoplasty are immediate and will last a lifetime. After your rhinoplasty procedure, you may need a few weeks of downtime for proper recovery and healing. If nasal obstruction was part of your pre-operative concern, you should notice a positive difference anywhere from immediately to when nasal swelling subsides.

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, people will not be able to notice that a procedure was performed. The intricate details created during the procedure are not always noticeable until about 9-12 months have passed.

What Is Recovery Like?

For several weeks, it is advised to avoid strenuous exercises, swimming, excessive chewing, and vigorous tooth brushing. Avoid blowing your nose, and do not rest your eyeglasses on your nasal bridge. You may be able to return to work or school a week after your nose job. If a splint was placed, it may need to be kept in place for a week. Notable swelling and bruising will resolve in 1-2 weeks. Keeping your nose elevated above your chest can minimize these symptoms. Dr. Robb makes himself available for his patients during the recovery period to answer any questions or concerns they may have. Time is very important during the healing process for swelling to resolve.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

At Robb Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer a custom rapid recovery program that includes multiple sessions in our hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or HBOT, was designed to expose your body to 10-15 more times more oxygen than typical. This expanded amount of oxygen encourages faster recovery, and significantly lessens swelling and discomfort as you heal. Scars often also heal better and are less visible after HBOT. HBOT is powerful for patients who historically have difficulties healing.  Dr. Robb can explain the benefits of using HBOT during your complimentary consultation.

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I came in for a rhinoplasty and solely for cosmetic reasons, however you can tell Dr. Robb truly cares about his patients and their well-being. He checked the functionality of my nose and pointed out my breathing was obscured and made a plan to address my breathing issues along with my cosmetic wants. Both him and his team are so attentive and kind. They made surgery and the recovery process incredibly easy, and their communication throughout everything has been amazing. I’m only 3 weeks post-op and I’m already in love with my results. He did a beautiful job and I finally feel like my nose suits my face—plus my breathing has improved which is a great bonus. I feel confident about my nose and side profile for the first time in a long time. I’ve had a ton of compliments so far, but they can’t pinpoint exactly what’s changed about me, which tells you how detailed and skilled Dr. Robb and his team are. I can’t thank them enough for all they’ve done and would highly recommend them.

-B.M.

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Cost Of Rhinoplasty in Atlanta

Due to Dr. Robb’s client-focused approach, the cost of rhinoplasty surgery varies for each patient. The overall price may be affected by anesthetic fees, the techniques used, and the complexity of the procedure.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you think you are a good candidate and would like to learn more about rhinoplasty in Atlanta and Alpharetta, please contact our office today to set up a personalized consultation with Dr. Robb. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will answer any questions you may have about the procedure and will be happy to assist you with anything you may need.

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