Rhinoplasty is a popular choice for patients seeking to improve the appearance, proportion and balance of their central facial feature. The procedure is both the oldest and most complex of all facial plastic surgeries. It demands an exceptional level of skill, precision and artistry to match outcomes with expectations.
Each rhinoplasty is highly customized, based on the facial structure and preferences of the patient. The nose can be reshaped in a variety of ways: The size, width, symmetry, angle of projection and even the flare of the nostrils can be altered. Subtle modifications can yield the most dramatic results. In addition, solutions for a deviated septum and other medical conditions are easily within reach. Whatever the operative plan, the result must be natural and harmonious with the patient’s other facial features.
What happens during the surgery?
Rhinoplasty is performed using either an “open” or a “closed” technique. An open rhinoplasty procedure begins with an incision between the nostrils, at the base of the nose. This creates a small scar that will be nearly invisible. In a closed rhinoplasty, the incision is made inside the nostrils. The benefit of the open technique is that it provides a better view of the internal structures of the nose for the surgeon, which tends to result is a more successful and satisfying result.
In both open and closed surgeries, Dr. Funt reshapes the nose by excising or realigning cartilage, and often changing the contours of the bone. To build volume, bone and cartilage may be transferred from other areas of the body. Both types of surgery are usually performed under general anesthesia. These are outpatient procedures that typically require two hours or less.