Some patients are unhappy with the nose with which they were born or the way aging has changed their nose. For others, an injury may have distorted the nose and in many, there is the additional goal of improving breathing. As the nose occupies a central position on the face, the size and shape of the nose has great impact on an individual’s appearance.
The term Rhinoplasty is derived from the German “rhinoplastik” which means “changing the shape of the nose”. The technique involves first accessing the bone and cartilage support of the nose. This is achieved through incisions made inside the nose, where they are invisible. In some cases, an incision is made in the area of skin separating the nostrils. Next the underlying bone and cartilage is reduced, augmented or rearranged to create a newly shaped structure. For example, if the tip of the nose is too large, Dr. Yco can sculpt the cartilage in this area to reduce it in size. If the bridge of the nose has a prominence, this can be reduced to yield a more pleasing profile. If any portion of the nose appears disproportionately small, cartilage or soft tissue grafts can be placed to create better harmony. The angles of the nose in relation to the upper lip or the forehead can also be altered by further sculpting nasal support structure.
Upon completion of the surgery, you will be monitored in the post anesthesia recovery area until you feel well enough for discharge home. The majority of patients do not experience any significant pain, however, analgesic medications can be given as needed for post operative discomfort. Dr. Yco does not typically pack the nose after surgery as he feels it is too uncomfortable for the patient. We see you in our office a day or 2 after surgery and then as often as needed for optimal comfort by suctioning of the nasal passages. Some patients develop swelling and/or bruising around the eyes. This generally subsides in the first 2-5 days after surgery. Cold compresses will help minimize and reduce the bruising and any discomfort.
Whether the surgery is desired for functional or cosmetic reasons, your choice of a qualified facial plastic surgeon is of paramount importance. Dr. Yco is double board certified in both otolaryngology (ear, nose, throat), and facial plastic surgery, which provides you with the benefits of both functional and aesthetic expertise.
Realistic expectations coupled with the proper analysis and surgical execution assures the greatest success in Rhinoplasty surgery.