The Rhinoplasty procedure is designed to enhance the appearance, and sometimes function, of the nose by redefining the shape and size of the nose. Often in a Rhinoplasty, or Nose Surgery, the incision is made inside the nose (this is called a closed rhinoplasty), but it may also be made through an incision between the nostrils (this is called an open rhinoplasty.) Rhinoplasty may address a number of nose issues including changing the shape of the tip of the nose, the span of the nostrils, or the angle between the upper lip and the nose, and changing the overall size and shape of the nose. Sometimes there are issues with the function of the nose due to structural abnormalities that make it difficult to breath through the nose and Rhinoplasty may be performed to correct this.
The Rhinoplasty procedure generally last about one to two hours as the skin of the nose is separated from the bone and cartilage, then re-sculpted. The remaining skin is then rewrapped and closed. Following the procedure a supportive splint is placed on the nose as it heals. If you are interested in learning more about Rhinoplasty and to find out if you may be a good candidate for the procedure, contact our office to schedule your confidential consultation with Dr. Fred Coville today.