Reshape Your Nose
If you’re self-conscious about the size or shape of your nose, rhinoplasty nose reshaping may be able to help. This procedure subtly sculpts the nose to create a more balanced facial proportion. Dr. Ennis uses precise surgical techniques to make changes to the nose’s width or length, smooth out bumps on the bridge, lift a drooping nasal tip and other common revisions.
Dr. Ennis’ light, artistic touch results in subtle yet noticeable changes to the nose’s shape for an improved facial appearance that preserves the patient’s identity. A rhinoplasty is a very individual procedure. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ennis to discuss your concerns and he will tailor a customized procedure to address these specific concerns.
Find Out if You Are a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty
You may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty surgery if you’re unhappy with the appearance of your nose, would like an attractive new profile and:
- Are in good overall health with no serious medical issues
- Are of an age where your nose has finished developing (typically around 14 or 15 in girls, 16 or 17 in boys)
- Having breathing difficulties as a result of your nasal structure
Rhinoplasty Procedure Details
The rhinoplasty procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and typically with the patient under a light general anesthesia Since rhinoplasty is a procedure that is tailored to the patient and their individual anatomical needs and aesthetic desires, the surgery can take between up to several hours to finish.
Dr. Ennis will generally use a small incision on the underside of the nose to access the cartilage and bone. From this point, he will then reshape the cartilage, which, on rare occasion, includes grafting cartilage from another part of the body onto the nose. Once the structures of the nose have been re-shaped, the skin is re-draped over the nose and the incisions are closed using small dissolvable sutures. A splint is then placed over the nose, where it will remain for about a week to hold the structures in place as they heal.
A nasal splint and dressings placed inside the nose will be needed for the first week after surgery. It is common for the patient to experience a small amount of blood or mucus drainage from the nose for the first few days, and nasal breathing will be limited during this time, due to swelling. The patient should avoid blowing their nose for the first two weeks. It is recommended that the patient rest as much as possible during this time, and sleep with their head elevated to help reduce swelling. Any nasal discomfort can be relieved during this time with the use of prescription pain medication. Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medicine should be avoided in order to prevent excessive bleeding and bruising for the first week.
Typically, a rhinoplasty patient can return to work a week after surgery. Bending over and lifting heavy objects should be avoided for the first two weeks, and strenuous exercise should be avoided for several weeks following surgery. Sunblock with a minimum of 30 SPF should be worn on the nose for six months.
Bring Harmony to Your Facial Features with Rhinoplasty
If you’re unhappy with your nose shape, you can do something about it! Rhinoplasty not only improves the look of your nose, bringing harmony to your entire face, but can also be combined with a sinus or septal surgery to help correct nasal breathing problems. To find out if rhinoplasty is right for you, schedule a private consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Ennis.