Known as “rhinoplasty,” nose surgery is a procedure that improves the physical appearance of the nose by putting it in better proportion with the rest of the face. In some instances, nose surgery can also be performed to correct breathing problems, such as a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates. At his South Florida practice, Dr. Timothy Alexander regularly performs rhinoplasty for individuals who want to improve the look and function of their nose.
Ideally, candidates for nose surgery should be in good overall health and refrain from smoking at least four weeks before the procedure is performed. Facial growth must be complete, and patients also must be at least 13 years of age to undergo surgery. Although rhinoplasty produces satisfying results, it is important that patients have realistic expectations.
During your consultation, Dr. Alexander will evaluate your nose and take your preferences into consideration to determine if rhinoplasty can provide you with a beneficial outcome.
Rhinoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. After incisions are made in the nose, the tissues and cartilage are restructured, which allows all of the aspects to be improved. Once the “new look” is achieved, the incisions are closed.
Dr. Alexander often utilizes a specialized technique known as feminizing rhinoplasty for transgender patients who wish to attain a more feminine facial appearance. To perform this technique, a small incision is made across the columella (skin between the nostrils). The goal of this method is to reduce the overall size of the nose and achieve one or more of the following outcomes depending on the current condition of the patient’s nose:
- A more refined tip – some of the cartilage at in the tip of the nose can be removed to provide a smaller and more refined tip
- Narrowing of the nasal bone – the bridge of the nose can be narrowed by fracturing each side of the nose and moving it closer to the center
- Improved profile – the bump on the bridge of the nose can be removed by filing the bone or cartilage hump to achieve a nicer profile
- Decrease the size of the nostrils – The size of the nostrils can be reduced through excision.
After the procedure is complete, Dr. Alexander will bandage your nose and place a splint to reduce swelling and movement. Some bruising and discomfort are expected during the first few days of recovery, but prescribed medication can help alleviate these symptoms. Although most patients feel good enough to return to work after about a week, the final results of nose surgery will not begin to become apparent for four to six weeks.
If you think a rhinoplasty is right for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our South Florida plastic surgeon, Dr. Timothy Alexander. Call (954) 589-0722 or fill out our online contact form today. A Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Dr. Alexander, looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve the exact look that you desire.