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.
View Rhinoplasty Photos for men and women and learn more about Nose Surgery such as costs, risks, advanced techniques and frequently asked questions about nose jobs.
Frequently Asked Questions about 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.
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.