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Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the nose. It is one of the more complex cosmetic surgical procedures. Patients present with a variety of concerns regarding the appearance of their nose including a prominent bump along the top of the nose, fullness of the tip of the nose, and droopiness of the nasal tip. Dr. Martin’s goal is to achieve a natural result following surgery. However, he does not perform nasal surgery if a patient also has a functional concern with the nose, such as a problem breathing through the nose. If this is a concern then the patient would be best treated by an Otolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgeon.

What are the surgical options?

Dr. Martin performs two different rhinoplasty techniques:

  • Closed rhinoplasty – a small incision is made on the inside of the nose to access the top of the nose and the nasal tip.  Recovery is faster with this technique but the nasal correction is more limited.
  • Open rhinoplasty – a small incision is made at the bottom of the nose and extends into both nostrils to allow for elevation of the skin of the nose.  This allows for direct visualization of the top of the nose and nasal tip.  Recovery is generally longer following this technique however greater nasal correction can be achieved.

How is a Rhinoplasty Performed?

Dr. Martin performs rhinoplasty with patients asleep in the operating room. Nasal bone and cartilage can be removed or reshaped to improve the top, sides and tip of the nose. The technique used depends on what concerns the patient and what they would like corrected. At the end of the procedure a small dressing and nasal splint is applied.

Recovery following Rhinoplasty

Recovery following rhinoplasty can vary depending on whether a closed or open technique is used. Recovery following the closed approach is generally quicker. There can be some mild swelling and bruising that lasts 2-3 weeks. Recovery following an open rhinoplasty can last longer with more nasal swelling lasting several weeks following surgery. Patients are encouraged to avoid strenuous activity for 2 weeks following surgery. Activity level is then gradually increased, with no restrictions after 6 weeks following surgery.

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