Rhinoplasty, or surgery to reshape the nose, is one of the most common of all plastic surgery procedures in the Sacramento area. Rhinoplasty can sculpt a more desirable looking nose by either reducing or increasing the size of your nose, changing the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrowing the span of the nostrils, or changing the angle between your nose and your upper lip. It may also correct a birth defect or injury, or help relieve some breathing problems. Whether the change you desire is subtle, or more dramatic, we are certain that when you see the results performed by Dr. Scott Green, you will be very interested in how the procedure can benefit you.
Men and women who choose rhinoplasty are often interested in other cosmetic surgery procedures, including chin augmentation, liposuction, and breast augmentation with breast implants in Sacramento. Feel free to talk with Dr. Green if you are considering more comprehensive improvement of your face or body contours.
All About Rhinoplasty in Sacramento
Most nasal surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Depending on the procedure Dr. Green may use general anesthesia and/or sedation. With local anesthesia, you’ll usually be lightly sedated, and your nose and the surrounding area will be numbed; you’ll be awake during the surgery, but relaxed and insensitive to pain. With general anesthesia, you’ll sleep through the operation. General anesthesia is usually better for more extensive rhinoplasty or septal surgery. Local anesthesia is usually better for small adjustments or hump removal.
Keeping the head and neck elevated will help reduce swelling and discomfort. After surgery, tape, an external splint, and gauze will be applied to support the outside of the nose. Sometimes soft rubber splints will be used to support the inside. Packing is not necessary in most cases. During the first 24 hours you may expect your face to feel swollen and black eyes are typical. Swelling and bruising can be minimized with the use of cold compresses. Any stitches or splints will be removed in 5 to 7 days and any swelling, bruising or nasal sensitivity will last about 7 to 10 days. You will start to see results in as little as 2 weeks with further details revealed over the next 6 months.
A little drainage is common during the first few days following surgery, and you may continue to feel some stuffiness for several weeks. Dr. Green will ask you not to blow your nose for a week or so, while the tissues heal.
How Nose Surgery is Performed
Rhinoplasty usually takes 1 to 2 hours, though complicated procedures may take longer. During surgery the skin of the nose is separated from the bone and cartilage, which is then sculpted to the desired shape. The type of sculpting will depend on your problem and the doctor’s preferred technique. Finally, the skin is secured to the new underlying framework. As with any cosmetic surgery, be sure to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions regarding taking medications and vitamins, eating, drinking and ceasing smoking.
Your First Step
If you’re considering rhinoplasty, this information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure: when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect. It can’t answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on the individual patient. Please request a consultation with Dr. Scott Green to discuss what rhinoplasty can do for you, or call 916-929-1833 for an appointment. Before your visit, be sure to view the rhinoplasty photo gallery to see real results from actual patients.