Rhinoplasty Cosmetic Surgery in Salt Lake City, UT
What Does Cosmetic Nose Surgery Fix?
Patients want to get cosmetic nose surgery to change natural characteristics such as the size, bumps and angles. Rhinoplasties are also good options for people who have had external trauma to the face, difficulty breathing or as part of a cleft palate reconstructive surgery. Dr. Petersen from NuVista Plastic Surgery performs cosmetic surgery for patients of all age groups, including teens and the elderly. As is true before any plastic surgery, we will take your medical history into account and conduct a careful examination in order to evaluate your general health.
Before the nose surgery, we will discuss with you the way your nose can look in relation to your other facial features. Digital photographs and computer imaging allow Dr. Petersen to evaluate the appropriate procedure to achieve the desired results. Pre-operative instructions may include the elimination of certain drugs that contain aspirin in order to minimize the possibility of excess bleeding during and after your rhinoplasty. Antibiotics will be prescribed before surgery to prevent infection.
What to Expect from a Nose Surgery Procedure
Dr. Petersen performs cosmetic surgeries in our clinic near Salt Lake City, UT, under general anesthesia. In most cases involving a reduction in shape or size of the nose, or change in angle or removal of a hump, the skin of the nose is separated from the underlying skeleton of bone and cartilage. The bone and cartilage are then reshaped and the skin re-draped over the surface. Patients who have a deviated septum may benefit by correction of this problem by making an incision inside the nose, or across the tissue between the nostrils with an open approach. In cases where the nostrils flare, Dr. Petersen may make an incision at the junction between the nose and the skin of the upper lip to narrow the flared appearance. It is not unusual to combine a nose surgery with a chin augmentation to improve the overall profile of the face.
Post-operative Care Instructions for Rhinoplasties
The recovery time for nose surgery takes one to two weeks, and most people resume their normal activities within a week or two. Following this cosmetic surgery, a lightweight splint is applied to maintain the new shape of the nose and is removed within a week. There is always some stuffiness of the nose, especially when work has been done on the nasal septum. Rhinoplasty patients should expect swelling and bruising but you will feel better than you appear.
Pain is minimal and is controlled with medications, and bruising occurs around the eyes but begins to fade within a few days. We recommend using Arnica, which is an herb that can be found in natural food stores and can lessen bruising or speed it’s healing. Many patients say that day three post-surgery is the worst because the bruising is at its worst, however, you will begin to see improvement soon and feel much better. As the swelling disappears over the following months, you will see the difference and fully appreciate the results of your rhinoplasty surgery.
Schedule a Cosmetic Surgery Consultation Today
NuVista Plastic Surgery will answer all your questions and inform you about how the procedure will be performed. If you’re considering cosmetic nose surgery, it’s important to check with your insurance provider to see if all or part of the costs will be covered. Contact us at 801-261-5791 to schedule a rhinoplasty consultation near Salt Lake City, UT.