Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery or a nose job, is a plastic surgery procedure which reshapes the nose to better fit the face. The nose appearance may be altered in a number of ways. The overall size may be increased or decreased, a hump may be removed, the bridge of the nose reshaped, the size of the nostrils decreased, and the tip of the nose may be reshaped or raised. Some breathing problems may also be addressed at the same time.
Miami rhinoplasty is a good procedure for any healthy person whose nose is not aesthetically pleasing or does not fit their face. When it comes to younger patients, it is generally advised that surgery be performed only after the nose is finished growing. This tends to occur around the age of fourteen or later.
Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Galitz is a board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and a board certified otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon. Having performed over 3,500 rhinoplasties throughout his career, he has extensive experience in revision and complicated rhinoplasty. Dr. Galitz performs rhinoplasty in the office surgical suite at Aventura Plastic Surgery in Aventura, Florida, or in a nearby outpatient facility. The surgery takes approximately one to two hours to complete.
Rhinoplasty may be performed using an open approach in which a small incision is made on the columella (the column of skin between the nostrils) or using a closed approach in which the incisions are confined to the inside of the nose resulting in no visible scarring. The choice between open and closed rhinoplasty will depend on the particular case. There are a number of different techniques which may be used to reshape the nose depending on the problem. This can range from simple reduction rhinoplasty to more extensive cartilage grafting and augmentation.
The recovery after rhinoplasty takes approximately one to two weeks. A splint is applied to the nose after surgery and this remains in place for one to two weeks. Some discomfort, swelling, bleeding and bruising may result. Most noticeable swelling should dissipate within two weeks, though some minor swelling can last for as much as a year. The stitches are removed after five to seven days, and patients are generally able to return to work after one week. Exercise and other strenuous activities can usually be resumed after two weeks. As with any surgery there are potential risks, however these are mostly aesthetic related as rhinoplasty itself is a very safe procedure.
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