The nose is one of the most prominent and defining features of the face. For this reason, many patients desire a change in the shape of their nose. Rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed on the face.
Rhinoplasty can be performed for cosmetic reasons or for functional purposes to improve nasal breathing. The many changes that can be made include taking down a hump, straightening a crooked nose, changing the angle between the nose and the lip, refining the nasal tip, or making the nose smaller to become more proportional to the rest of one’s face.
In many cases, patients have suffered from previous trauma leading them to rhinoplasty. A reconstructive rhinoplasty can be performed to help restore the patient’s nose to its pre-injury state.
Often times, a septoplasty and/or turbinate reduction may need to be performed to help relieve any anatomical obstruction that may contribute to breathing difficulties.
Dr. Yavrouian’s goal is to pay close attention to the patient’s desires and to deliver a result that achieves the patient’s goals both in appearance and breathing. During the consultation, photographs are taken of the patient which are then used to develop a simulated goal for surgery after extensive discussion between the patient and Dr. Yavrouian. These images are then taken to surgery to assist in achieving the desired results.
Dr. Yavrouian focuses on delivering natural results as if the patient had never had surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to improve the appearance of the nose. It can also improve function and breathing through the nose. The size of the nose can be changed by building it up or making it smaller, a hump can be removed, the size and shape of the tip or bridge can be changed, and the angle between between the nose and the upper lip can be altered.
Where is surgery performed?
Surgery is often performed in an ambulatory surgery center, or in a hospital.
Where are the incisions made for rhinoplasty?
Incisions may only be made on the inside of the nose, which is referred to as endonasal rhinoplasty. To improve exposure, or refine the nasal tip, a small incision is occasionally made under the tip of the nose. These incisions are hidden and are rarely visible once healed.
What is the recovery like after rhinoplasty?
There is some discomfort the first several days after surgery that is well controlled with prescription pain medication. Nasal splints and stitches are typically removed within five to seven days after surgery. Patients occasionally experience some bruising that is significantly improved by the tenth day after surgery. Swelling is common and the majority resolves within the first three months. Patients usually return to work within one to two weeks. Strenuous activities can be resumed after three to four weeks.
For more information about treatments and procedures by Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Eric J. Yavrouian, serving patients in and around Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank and the Greater Los Angeles, CA area call 818-241-2150 or click here to contact him for a consultation.