Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgeries performed nationwide -- but most people only know half the story, and it's because most people only think of rhinoplasty as a cosmetic procedure -- also known as a 'nose job.'
What most people fail to understand is that rhinoplasty is sometimes medically necessary. In these cases, rhinoplasty isn't just recommended -- it's mandatory if the patient wants to see an improvement in symptoms.
Cosmetic, medical, either way -- rhinoplasty can improve an individual's life in so many different ways.
And that's where The Rontal Clinic comes into play.
As a specialist in rhinoplasty in Michigan areas like Royal Oak and Detroit, we're committed to helping our patients understand the procedure, how it can help them, when it can help them, and everything else they need to know to have a better understanding of the procedure.
With this knowledge, we can work with our patients to determine if the procedure is right for them and their particular circumstances. So let's talk about these rhinoplasty facts you need to know.
What is Rhinoplasty & Why is it Performed?
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure done for cosmetic or medical purposes -- it essentially changes the shape or size of the nose (sometimes both).
The upper part of the nose is bone, while the lower part is cartilage. Working together, these structures help give the nose its shape. With rhinoplasty one or both of these structures are altered to change the appearance of the nose, improve breathing, or both.
Using specialized tools, we can alter the shape of both the bone and cartilage to change the shape of the nose both inside and outside. In fact, in some rhinoplasty surgeries, the outside change is barely visible.
So, why is rhinoplasty performed?
Cosmetically, rhinoplasty is performed when the exterior of the nose needs to be changed -- usually to correct or improve the symmetry, form, straightness, or tilt of the nose. The primary goal here is to provide a more aesthetically-pleasing look that the patient can be proud of.
Medically, rhinoplasty is used to treat breathing issues stemming from the interior portion of the nose. It focuses on alleviating breathing issues by straightening the interior structures of the nose to create symmetrical airways or widening the nasal passages to allow better breathing.
As ENT nose surgery specialists in the Royal Oak and Detroit areas, we routinely use rhinoplasty to resolve a variety of medical issues that affect our patient's breathing or to treat medical abnormalities -- including a deviated septum, nasal inflammation, allergies, nasal polyps, cleft palate, cleft lip, and injury or trauma.
What to Expect From the Procedure
This procedure usually only takes about an hour or two and can even be done as an outpatient procedure. The patient will be anesthetized, and the doctors will begin the relatively short and simple procedure of altering the nose.
To perform the surgery, nasal tissues are accessed through a small incision between the nostrils. The bulk of the procedure is done on the inside of the nose, especially if the surgery is being performed for medical reasons such as polyps or a deviated septum.
Using specialized tools, the doctor will alter the shape of either the bone or cartilage - sometimes both - and may even need to take cartilage from the ear to reconstruct parts of the nose. This is more common in reconstructive procedures rather than corrective procedures.
What about the recovery process?
The recovery period for this procedure can range from four to six weeks -- though most of the recovery occurs within the first 10 days.
While patients can mostly get back to their regular routine fairly quickly, there are a few things to keep in mind during the recovery period. For example, patients are encouraged to sleep sitting up for the first few days and should avoid strenuous exercise for the first few weeks after the procedure.
Are there any risks involved?
As specialists in ENT rhinoplasty in Michigan areas like Royal Oak and Detroit, we want our neighbors to know exactly what to expect from their procedure on every front, which is why we're including the risks that may be associated with the procedure.
In general, rhinoplasty is a very safe procedure when performed correctly by skilled surgeons. However, as with all procedures, there is some level of risk involved -- including:
- Minor bleeding
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Numbness around the nose
- Possibility for additional surgery
When you schedule a consultation with us, we'll go into every aspect of the procedure, including all the possible complications -- that way, you have a full understanding of what to expect.
Schedule a Consultation With Us Today!
While articles like this one are excellent primers to allow you to familiarize yourself with various aspects of the procedure, nothing is more informative than a face-to-face chat with an experienced ENT rhinoplasty surgeon.
That's where we come in!
We're ENT rhinoplasty specialists in Detroit Michigan and the surrounding areas, and we're always eager to help patients breathe better.
Schedule a consultation with us by calling us at (248) 737-4030 -- we can't wait to talk to you about your particular breathing issues and whether or not rhinoplasty might be right for you.