Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
Rhinoplasty is surgery to the nose to reshape and refine nasal bones and cartilage for a variety of reasons; to change the appearance of the nose to better complement the face; correct injury or birth defect; and/or improve breathing (deviated septum). The nose may be modified to reduce or increase the size of the bridge, slope, angle or nostrils. Rhinoplasty may be performed on all age groups including the elderly and teens, but most surgeons advise waiting until patients are at least 14 before undergoing this type of surgery, due to the fact that the nose may not be fully developed before that time. Rhinoplasty may also be combined with chin augmentation to improve the profile.
The goal of Asian rhinoplasty nose surgery is generally the opposite of standard rhinoplasty. Whereas rhinoplasty for the Caucasian is typically intended to reduce the size of a large nose, Asian rhinoplasty is designed to augment and increase the size of the nose. Surprisingly, there really is little to no discomfort with nose surgery. Most patients report having no discomfort at all. The worst experience that patients have reported in the past is packing the nose or putting splints in the nose for a night or for several days, which can be very uncomfortable.
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The typical method of rhinoplasty nose surgery is to separate the skin of the nose from the underlying skeleton, reshape the bone and cartilage, and re-cover it with the skin. Incisions are usually placed inside the nose hidden from view.
Patients will be provided with detailed instruction for post-operative care at the time of surgery. Usual recovery from rhinoplasty takes one to two weeks at which time the dressings are removed. Minor swelling and bruising can be eased with cold compresses and mild pain medication may offer effective relief for initial discomfort.
**Insurance does not usually cover cosmetic surgery, although surgery to improve the nose may be considered reconstructive if due to birth defect, injury, or nasal airway function. Rhinoplasty may possibly be reimbursable by major medical insurance. It is the patient’s responsibility to seek approval from his/her insurance carrier.
Dr. Kim is committed to combining your goals and realistic expectations with his skilled expertise for a safe and positive outcome. For more information about this procedure or to schedule an appointment for a consultation, please call our office at (770) 458-4255.