Though Dr. Frankel receives referrals for revision rhinoplasty cases from across the country, he also performs primary rhinoplasty.
In truth, it is the first Rhinoplasty surgery that affords the best opportunity for achieving the best results. This is because the nose is free of scar tissue or missing cartilage and the anatomy has been undisturbed. Knowing this, Dr. Frankel puts as much effort and planning into performing a primary, or first, nose job as he does into revision procedures. Much of this planning takes place with the patient as Dr. Frankel performs a pre-operative evaluation of the nose and the overall facial balance while also discussing the patient’s wishes in detail.
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The objective of a primary nose surgery procedure is to provide the patient with the nose they have always dreamt of having. In order to determine just what that nose is, Dr. Frankel uses computer imaging to allow the patient input and help them better communicate their desires.
Rhinoplasty, also referred to as nose surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to improve the appearance of the nose and sometimes the function as well. The goal of rhinoplasty is to alter the nose so that it better matches the patient’s ideal. This may involve reducing or increasing the overall size of the nose, narrowing the span of the nostrils, removing of a hump, altering the shape of the bridge or the tip, or changing the angle between the upper lip and the nose. Rhinoplasty may also help to relieve some breathing problems. Men and women who are physically healthy, realistic in their expectations and interested in improving the appearance and/or function of the nose may be good candidates for rhinoplasty. In most cases, it’s best to postpone rhinoplasty until the nose has completed its growth. Growth of the nose tends to be finished by about age fourteen for girls and a bit later for boys.
rhinoplastyoften takes place in a surgeon’s office-based facility. Surgery typically takes one to two hours to complete and general anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation may be used. When the incisions are made solely on the inside of the nose, this is referred to as closed rhinoplasty. In some cases, an additional small incision must be made under the tip of the nose (open rhinoplasty) in order to afford a better view of and access to the inside of the nose.
After the incisions are made, the surgeon will separate the skin of the nose from the underlying bone and cartilage and then sculpt the bone and cartilage to the desired shape. The skin is then redraped over the new nose and the incisions are closed. Pain medication may be prescribed to help control any discomfort that occurs during the first few days after surgery, and other medications such as antibiotics or a saline nose spray may be prescribed as well. The splint and stitches are usually removed within about six to seven days after surgery. Bruising and swelling are common after surgery. Most of the bruising fades within about ten days, while the swelling can take months to fully fade. Most patients find that they can return to work within about one to two weeks, though strenuous activities will need to be postponed for about two to three weeks.
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