Whether you’re a teenager, younger or more mature adult, you may have experienced a previous injury or trauma causing you to have breathing difficulties. Or, you may simply have been born with a nasal shape you do not like or that does not fit your face, or it doesn’t function well. Rhinoplasty is the surgery that can correct these problems and improve nasal appearance, function and movement of air through the breathing passages. Rhinoplasty involves making incisions in various areas inside or at the base of the nose and repositioning/ reshaping bone and cartilage to create a newly-shaped and sculpted structure – as well as open and improved breathing air passages.
During this surgery, cosmetic issues such as size, bumps, humps, bulbous tips, etc., can also be corrected at the same time. It is important when choosing a rhinoplasty surgeon that he/she be a board certified facial plastic surgeon who performs this surgery regularly, understands how to improve the function and appearance of the nose and has a proven track record of very happy patients. Rhinoplasty requires a surgeon with special skills who can properly sculpt the nose utilizing very current surgical techniques.
A properly performed rhinoplasty should produce a nose that is in harmony with the rest of the face, looks natural and does not have an “operated” look. While initial results should be apparent when the splint is removed one week after surgery, it will take a full year to see the final, refined result. Dr. Perkins’ patients experience little to no pain or pressure and minimal bruising. Nasal packing is no longer used as was common in the past.
Prospective patients can see what their nose will actually look like after rhinoplasty before they commit to having surgery. Dr. Perkins utilizes computerized imaging that enables patients to compare their “before surgery” photo to a simulated image of their new nose. This is created based on dialogue that takes place between Dr. Perkins and the patient during the consultation. It’s a great way for patients to communicate their desired outcomes to Dr. Perkins prior to having surgery and have him show realistic goals that can be accomplished with your own particular endonasal anatomy, ethnic background and skin demonstration.