Rhinoplasty at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C.
Performed at our Atlanta, Alpharetta and Cumming, GA locations.
Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery is both a reconstructive and cosmetic procedure that utilizes various surgical techniques to improve the function and overall appearance of the nose. Whether you wish for rhinoplasty surgery to correct a structural abnormality to help you breathe easier or wish to get rid of an unattractive bump on the bridge of your nose, the board certified plastic surgeons at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. will consult on the risks and benefits of nose surgery.
Rhinoplasty Procedure at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C.
While nose surgery can be performed for a variety of different reasons, it is not uncommon for cosmetic and functional procedures to be combined in a single operative session.
During the procedure, incisions are typically made inside the nostrils. Although a small, external incision under the nose (also known as the columella) may also be needed to aid in visualization during the procedure. The skin is then lifted off the nasal skeleton and cartilage allowing your plastic surgeon to sculpt the nasal shape and size, often using cartilage grafted from other areas of the body, such as the septum (or the vertical piece of cartilage separating the nostrils). After the structural changes are in place, the skin is then redraped on the new nasal framework. A light splint and tape are worn 5-7 days during rhinoplasty surgery recovery and then removed in our office along with any external sutures.
There are a variety of procedures to improve nasal function, and ultimately improve air passage into the nasal airway. These include septoplasty surgery to correct a deviated septum, turbinectomy surgery to remove part of the nasal structure that has become a breathing obstruction, and alar valve cartilage grafts which corrects an internal and/or external nasal valve collapse.
Candidates for a rhinoplasty surgery at Atlanta Plastic Surgery include men and women who seek nasal reconstruction or who wish for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. Most surgeons prefer not to operate on teenagers until after they have completed adolescence. You and your surgeon will work together to decide on the most beneficial procedure based on your personal nasal anatomy.
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Am I a candidate for rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty may be performed on a wide variety of ages and ethnic groups, and is actually the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedure on patients under the age of 30. Still, rhinoplasty surgery is intricate and complex and it can be difficult to predict how the nose may grow and change over time, so surgery on younger rhinoplasty patients whose faces are not fully grown requires an extremely skilled and experienced plastic surgeon that specializes in procedures of the nose and face. Taking into account the patient’s health and expectations, as well as their physical and emotional maturity, is crucial to maximizing patient satisfaction and minimizing the need for revisionary rhinoplasty.
What sort of recovery should I expect after my rhinoplasty?
After nose surgery, patients generally need to wear nasal dressings, consisting of adhesive strips and a thermally activated, custom-fitted plastic splint. These can usually be removed, along with any non-resorbable sutures, within 5-7 days. Moderate swelling and congestion may persist for up to six weeks, possibly making breathing difficult, while mild edema around the nose and eyes can, in some cases, take up to one year to completely resolve, although approximately 75% will be gone by the time the splint is removed. The results of the surgery will slowly become more evident as the nose heals and becomes more refined over the following months.
How much does a rhinoplasty cost?
The increasing popularity of plastic surgery among both women and men has helped to make facial plastic surgery procedures more affordable than most people expect. However, because every surgery is specifically customized to meet the unique needs of our patients, the individual costs may vary. A consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons is necessary in order to formulate a detailed treatment plan that will achieve your personal aesthetic goals. At Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. we provide a number of options in patient financing, including Care Credit® and Alphaeon™ Credit, in order to help keep your investment as affordable as possible. Contact our office and schedule a consultation for more information on rhinoplasty cost.
Is there any way to improve the final results of an unsatisfactory rhinoplasty procedure that was completed in the past?
Rhinoplasty is widely regarded as one of the most difficult facial plastic surgery procedures to perform, and as more inexperienced surgeons have attempted them, there have been an increasing number of patients dissatisfied with their results. Several of the board certified plastic surgeons at Atlanta Plastic Surgery have extensive experience performing revision rhinoplasty, a surgery specifically designed to correct the poor results of a previous rhinoplasty procedure. Revision rhinoplasty can both improve the aesthetic appearance and correct air-flow obstructions, as needed, in order to restore a nose that is both functional and cosmetically pleasing. Generally patients should wait at least a year after undergoing a failed rhinoplasty before seeking a rhinoplasty revision, as in some cases it may take 12 to 18 months for swelling and edema to completely resolve and for the nose to settle into its final shape.
The following doctors perform Nose Surgery at Atlanta Plastic Surgery. Click on a doctor to learn more about their practice and to view Before & After nose surgery photographs.