Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty): The Procedure
This is the second of a 4-part blog series on nose surgery (rhinoplasty) in Des Moines.
In our previous blog post, we reviewed the two reasons our patients seek plastic nose surgery (rhinoplasty) in Des Moines at Mercy Plastic Surgery. In this follow-up post, we will walk you through the procedure and recovery.
Choosing plastic nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is a very personal decision. Because the nose is such a delicate part of the face, our expert Mercy Plastic Surgeons spend time to get to know each patient’s unique concerns about their nose and face. Samuel Maurice, MD and Michael Carlisle, MD will help you understand your unique facial features and how an individualized shaping of your nose can bring your face into aesthetic balance and harmony. That means that Drs. Maurice and Carlisle understand how the central feature of your face—your nose—relate specifically and aesthetically to your cheeks, lips, chin, eyes and brow.
If it is functional nose surgery (rhinoplasty), for patients who have difficulty breathing or narrowed nasal air passages, Dr. Maurice or Dr. Carlisle will help you understand your unique airway problem and which surgical maneuvers will open your airway and also maintain balance to your face.
This initial time spent with our surgeons will help ensure that you and our doctors have the same expectations going into surgery.
Our surgeons will conceal all incisions on the inside of the nose or on the skin separating the nostrils (columella). Once these incisions are made, the cartilage and bone are sculpted in a very refined and specific way, tailor-made for your desires. Dr. Maurice and Dr. Carlisle use several maneuvers to reshape and balance the nose structure into the proper position for ideal functional and aesthetic outcomes. After the procedure, a splint is placed over the nose to protect it for about one week after surgery. It is typical that our nose surgery (rhinoplasty) patients go home the same day of surgery.
Minor bruising and swelling are normal after surgery and typically resolve over the two weeks following nose surgery (rhinoplasty). Most patients feel comfortable going back to work and their normal daily activities 10-14 days after surgery. Once healing is complete, many of our patients experience a boost in self-confidence.
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