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What Is Rhinoplasty?

Patients interested in rhinoplasty have several options available through Advanced Aesthetic Surgery. Derived from the Greek “rhinos” (“nose”), rhinoplasty refers to the surgical reconstruction of the nose for a more aesthetically pleasing shape. The surgery typically involves the altering of bone and cartilage, and the location of incisions depends on your cosmetic goals and personal needs. Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular forms of facial plastic surgery performed around the world.

Dr. Thomas Lintner – our board-certified plastic surgeon – advises rhinoplasty patients that the goal of their nose surgery is to achieve facial balance. Dr. Lintner does not believe that there is one perfect nose that will fit every one of his patients. Instead, he works with his rhinoplasty patients to design a nose that will complement their other facial features. Patients who put their rhinoplasty surgery in the hands of Dr. Lintner are often impressed by his precision, skill, and meticulous attention to detail.

Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty? 

Candidates for rhinoplasty often want to fix:

  • The length or width of the nose (or a combination of both)
  • Humps or bumps on the bridge of the nose
  • Asymmetry
  • Crookedness
  • A deviated septum (as part of the rhinoplasty procedure, a septoplasty may be performed to correct breathing issues)

Patients as young as 16 can be eligible for rhinoplasty, provided they are in reasonably good health, are non-smokers, and are realistic about their goals for the outcome of this surgery.

What Does the Rhinoplasty Procedure Involve?

Rhinoplasty is generally divided into two categories – open and closed rhinoplasty. Open rhinoplasty involves an incision made on the columella (or vertical space between the nostrils) and additional incisions inside the nostrils, whereas closed rhinoplasty involves incisions made exclusively inside the nostrils. The framework of the nose is then altered and repositioned as needed. 

Many times, patients do not need to have their entire nose redone. Dr. Lintner will help rhinoplasty patients decide which part of the nose should be altered through surgery.

At Advanced Aesthetic Surgery, patients considering rhinoplasty can get a sneak preview of what their new nose will look like through the use of a “morphing” program. We utilize this software to ensure that we are on the same page with the features that the patient wishes to change. We take a photograph, upload it, and “morph” the photos so Dr. Lintner can better discuss your concerns as well as tell you what can and cannot be corrected.

Because rhinoplasty is a major surgery, we typically administer general anesthesia. As such, you are advised to secure a ride home from a friend or family member. In some cases, an overnight hospital stay is warranted, but most patients only need a few days of recuperation at home. The procedure itself rarely takes longer than three hours. 

What Can I Expect in My Rhinoplasty Recovery?

To encourage a safe and successful recovery process, Dr. Lintner will provide detailed, personalized aftercare instructions. Be prepared to wear a splint, which will likely be removed about a week after surgery. You should also expect to experience swelling, which is a normal reaction and should not be cause for alarm. You may also notice mild bruising, which should vanish as you heal.

The results of your rhinoplasty should gradually appear in the following months, often coming to full fruition about a year after surgery once residual swelling has faded.

How Long Do Rhinoplasty Results Last?

A rhinoplasty procedure is intended to surgically alter the nasal structure, creating permanent changes to the bones, cartilage, and soft tissues. Generally, this means rhinoplasty results are meant to last a lifetime. Following surgery, patients usually experience swelling around the nose that can last up to one year, so patience is key in waiting for the final outcome to become apparent. Modifications to delicate parts of the face, such as the nose, should only be performed by a highly-qualified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Lintner. Completing a thorough consultation and setting attainable goals with your surgeon prior to the procedure is essential to achieving optimal long-term results.

Will I Have Rhinoplasty Scars?

There are a few different surgical methods used for rhinoplasty, which your surgeon will explain prior to your procedure. For example, a “closed” rhinoplasty means the incisions are made inside of the nose where they cannot be seen, and an “open” rhinoplasty requires incisions to be made on the undersurface of the nose. That said, Dr. Lintner has extensive experience performing this procedure, and he meticulously plans out each rhinoplasty to ensure that any scars heal optimally and are as inconspicuously placed as possible. Carefully following all of his post-procedure care instructions can help expedite the healing process, reduce the risk of infection, and safeguard your overall results.

What Are the Risks of Rhinoplasty?

The standard risks associated with any surgical procedure include excessive bleeding, infection, poor wound healing, and complications with anesthesia. More specific complications relating to rhinoplasty surgery may include difficulty breathing, a perforated nasal septum (hole or fissure in the cartilage wall dividing the nasal cavities), skin discoloration, visible lumps or bumps, irregular nasal contour, and numbness near the affected area. That said, choosing a well-qualified plastic surgeon to perform the surgery greatly reduces these risks.

Dr. Lintner can go over the different risks associated with rhinoplasty in greater depth during your consultation. He can also thoroughly assess the structure of your nose, your health history, and your aesthetic goals in order to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure. His training, experience, and understanding of complex nasal anatomy allow Dr. Lintner to deliver stunning rhinoplasty results while minimizing the potential for adverse side effects.

How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of rhinoplasty in 2020 was $5,483, although this amount does not include anesthesia or hospital fees. The cost can vary depending on the extent of work done, the specifics of the procedure, and other factors. You are welcome to explore our plastic surgery financing options, which include several plans for financing your rhinoplasty surgery according to your own schedule. 

If you are considering rhinoplasty, contact Dr. Thomas Lintner today. His expertise in the field of facial plastic surgery and his passionate focus on patient care can give you an outstanding rhinoplasty experience.

Dr. Lintner and the entire staff made me feel welcome and at ease. Excellent staff and Dr. Lintner did a wonderful job when I had rhinoplasty done. Smooth recovery so far. I would recommend him without a doubt.

Margo Weisblat

July 06, 2015


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