Rhinoplasty

At Plastic Surgery Specialists in Birmingham, we understand that being unhappy with the shape of your nose can affect your self-confidence. We also know how important it is to carefully analyze your nose and individually plan your operation. It is equally important to be able to communicate during the consultation what is, and is not possible with you.

As one of the most prominent facial features, the nose is often addressed with cosmetic plastic surgery. Men and women alike oftentimes find that they would like to achieve better facial balance with a "nose job." At Plastic Surgery Specialists, Jason M. Jack, M.D. and Robert I. Oliver, Jr., M.D. are Birmingham rhinoplasty surgeons who can help you achieve a beautiful, natural-looking outcome. They also offer nose surgery to those in the surrounding areas of Tuscaloosa and Anniston.

Nose surgery (Rhinoplasty) is a procedure to reshape the nose in order to create a more pleasing look and, in some instances, to correct severe breathing problems. With approximately 400,000 operations performed each year, rhinoplasty is considered one of the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States. Rhinoplasty usually involves reducing the size of the nose by removing and sculpting the nasal tissues in order to enhance the facial appearance. The results are unique to each individual, and depend upon such factors as skin condition and thickness, nasal and facial structure, genetic contributions, and age. Traditionally, a "nose job" was performed only to correct major problems. However, recent surgical innovations allow for individuals to benefit from more moderate improvements from the procedure as well. In general, having nose surgery provides the patient with a better facial balance and overall appearance.

During an initial consultation, one of our Anniston plastic surgery professionals will examine your facial anatomy in order to determine the best surgical plan. Typically, patients target bumps/humps on the bridge, nasal tip, and nostril width. Additionally, those who have difficulty breathing may benefit from nose surgery. Based on your individual needs and anticipated outcome, Dr. Oliver or Dr. Jack can perform either the "open" or "closed" technique.

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Note: If rhinoplasty is being utilized to correct a breathing problem or nose deformity, the procedure may be covered under the patient's insurance policy.

General Procedure

The rhinoplasty procedure lasts from one to three hours. The surgeon may elect to utilize either local or general anesthesia, depending upon the complexity of the operation. Those who have undergone a previous nasal procedure and were left with undesirable results may be interested in revision rhinoplasty. Further details can be discussed during a visit with one of our specialists.

To begin the surgery, tiny incisions are made which allow the surgeon to access the underlying nasal structure. Once the skin is opened, the cartilage and bone are reshaped to form the basis for the new look. Two basic methods are utilized for performing nose surgery. These methods are referred to as the 'open' and the 'closed' techniques. The open technique allows for maximum visibility and control over the procedure. The incision used in the open technique is placed in-between the nostrils on the columella (the medial nostril strip). In the closed technique, the incisions are internal and there may be less swelling initially; however, there is less surgical control over the outcome. The physician can discuss which technique is best when the patient arrives for the initial consultation visit.

Recovery Process

Generally, post-operative instructions call for no strenuous activity in order to speed up the healing process and to reduce the recovery time. Some swelling may be noticed; however, a majority of the swelling will disappear within a few weeks, although it may take 6 to 12 months for all of the swelling to completely resolve. A splint, bandages, and/or gauze are applied immediately following surgery to aid in the healing process and to minimize movement of the nose. Patients must refrain from smoking for several weeks before and after the surgery. In addition, any corrective glasses that are worn must be taped up and off the nose. The nose will need to be well-protected from the sun for the first year after the procedure while the body is adjusting to the new look.

Birmingham rhinoplasty patients sometimes report minor pain associated with the surgery. Pain can be effectively treated with oral medication and/or cold compresses. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk of potential problems by carefully following the post-surgical directions given by the surgeon.

Tuscaloosa Plastic Surgery Professionals

Providing patients with personalized care throughout their entire surgical procedure, our Anniston rhinoplasty doctors have the qualifications to provide natural-looking results. Dr. Jack, Birmingham plastic surgeon, is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) as well as a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Dr. Oliver, Birmingham plastic surgeon, is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

In addition to performing facial procedures, our Tuscaloosa rhinoplasty surgeons also offer body contouring surgeries. The most commonly requested include breast augmentation ("mammoplasty"), liposuction ("lipoplasty"), and tummy tuck surgery ("abdominoplasty").

If you would like to see examples of patient results, you may view rhinoplasty before and after photos.

You may reach the office of Dr. Oliver and Dr. Jack by calling (205) 298-8660, filling out a contact form, or sending an e-mail.

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