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Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty in Farmington, CT

Facial harmony and balance are essential to your beauty. A nose that is too large or too small can impact overall facial appearance. Cosmetic rhinoplasty is nose surgery that alters the appearance of the nose and can improve nasal function in some cases. Rhinoplasty can also repair damage, defects, or injury to the nose. At Connecticut Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Brook Seeley and Dr. Nicholas Karter perform rhinoplasty in Farmington, CT. Contact us at (860) 676-2473 to learn more about cosmetic nose surgery or to schedule a rhinoplasty consultation with one of our facial plastic surgeons.

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What Rhinoplasty Can Do for You

Rhinoplasty improves the appearance of the nose, as well as nasal function for some patients. We perform both cosmetic and functional rhinoplasties to meet patients’ needs. Many of our rhinoplasty surgeries offer an improvement to each of these areas. Our skilled surgeons have performed many rhinoplasty procedures and are adept at addressing both cosmetic and functional complaints.

Cosmetic rhinoplasty corrects many aesthetic issues including:

  • Humps or bumps on the bridge of the nose
  • Depressions on the bridge
  • Nose size too large or too small
  • Asymmetry
  • Nostril size, shape or position
  • Bulbous, drooping, upturned, or hooked nasal tip
  • Wide nasal bridge

Nose surgery can also improve function, treating common concerns such as:

  • Deviated septum
  • Enlarged turbinates
  • Nasal trauma or injury

Schedule a consultation and explore the ways that rhinoplasty can benefit you.

Rhinoplasty Basics: What You Need to Know

Rhinoplasty can provide a dramatic change in nasal appearance or a subtle tweak, depending on your preferences and what you hope to achieve with surgery. We customize treatment plans based on the desires, needs, and anatomy of each patient.

We start all rhinoplasty treatments with a consultation, so we can assess goals for surgery and explain options, expected results, and procedural benefits. We find that clear communication between the surgeon and the patient establishes the foundation for exceptional plastic surgery results. Prospective patients can easily schedule a consultation with our Farmington rhinoplasty specialists by calling (860) 676-2473.

An essential part of any consultation is the creation of a surgical plan. Once our surgeons understand your goals for rhinoplasty, they’ll offer treatment recommendations and give you a better idea of what we can achieve through your procedure.

Nose surgery can be approached using either an open or endonasal technique:

Open Rhinoplasty uses a small incision on the columella to provide the surgeon with greater access and visibility of the interior nasal structures.

Endonasal Rhinoplasty involves placing all incisions inside of the nostrils, completely hidden from view. Typically, an endonasal technique is used for a minor tip or bone work. Significant changes often require the enhanced access that an open technique allows.

One of the most important considerations during rhinoplasty surgery is the preservation of the airway. If the procedure isn’t performed carefully, it can lead to breathing difficulties. We always perform rhinoplasty with the airway in mind, preserving breathing function and, in many cases, improving it. Our surgeons also perform revision rhinoplasty, a surgical procedure that corrects cosmetic and airway complications after a previous rhinoplasty. 

Our goal with any rhinoplasty is a stunning aesthetic result and optimal nasal function. We want our patients to look and feel their best.

Rhinoplasty Recovery- What to Expect

Recovery after rhinoplasty varies, depending on the extent of the procedure and the surgical techniques used. We can offer a better idea of what to expect during your consultation. We always provide detailed recovery instruction before any procedure.

After rhinoplasty, your nose will be placed in a splint. Some patients will have splints inside of the nose to support internal nasal structures during the initial phases of the healing process. We do not use nasal packing during our rhinoplasties. We’ll provide more detailed instructions regarding your external and internal nasal splints with the rest of your recovery information.

Bruising and swelling are expected. The initial swelling typically resolves in a few weeks, but some residual swelling may remain for up a year after your procedure. This residual swelling is subtle but does affect the final contours of your nose. It is common for the nose’s appearance to improve and continue to refine for many months following surgery.

Downtime varies. Many patients take one to two weeks off from work or school after nose surgery. Patients that work at a desk will be able to return to work sooner than those working in labor-intensive positions.

Alternatives to Rhinoplasty: Non-Surgical Nose Jobs

Although surgical correction offers a permanent improvement to the appearance and function of the nose, we realize that surgery isn’t always the best choice for everyone. Some patients don’t feel ready for an invasive procedure. Non-surgical rhinoplasty offers nasal enhancement using injectable fillers to reshape the contours of the nose. Fillers are a temporary solution but can deliver the desired results that are maintained over time with touch-up appointments.

Patients considering non-surgical rhinoplasty must meet with a surgeon before the procedure. We want to ensure that patients understand their procedure and what they can expect. Liquid rhinoplasty isn’t for everyone but can help select patients test drive permanent results of rhinoplasty surgery, so they feel confident in pursuing surgical treatment later.

Comprehensive Facial Rejuvenation: Nose Surgery and Other Procedures

Rhinoplasty can be performed on its own, but many patients choose to receive chin or cheek implants at the same time. Facial implants can aid in creating facial harmony and often complement the results of a rhinoplasty procedure.

A weak or recessed chin may benefit from a chin implant. Typically made from a solid silicone material, these implants are placed over the chin bone, providing structure and definition. Chin implants are available in many shapes and sizes.

Cheek implants add volume to the cheek area. This improves naturally flat or thin cheeks. Cheek implants can also counteract volume loss from aging.

We’ll discuss complementary procedures during your consultation if we find that you may benefit from them.

Rhinoplasty and Teens

Rhinoplasty is the top cosmetic surgical procedure for patients between the ages of 13-19 in the U.S. It can be performed any time after the nose reaches its adult size. This occurs around the ages of 15-17, often earlier for females and later for males.

Prospective teenage rhinoplasty patients are welcome to come in with their parents for a consultation with our surgeons where we can assess physical and emotional readiness for rhinoplasty. Our surgeons are experienced working with patients of every age, from child to adult.

Schedule your rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Karter or Dr. Seeley at Connecticut Facial Plastic Surgery today.