Rhinoplasty in Farmington and Hartford County, 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 and Hartford County, CT.
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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
- 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 unique 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 your surgeon understands your goals for rhinoplasty, they’ll offer treatment recommendations and give you a better idea of what can be achieved through your procedure.
Nose surgery consists of two techniques: an open or endonasal procedure:
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. Poorly performed rhinoplasty, a result of lack of experience on the part of a surgeon, 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 to deliver stunning aesthetic results 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 dermal fillers to reshape the contours of the nose. These fillers are a temporary solution but can deliver the desired results that you can maintain over time with additional treatments.
Patients considering non-surgical rhinoplasty must meet with a surgeon before the procedure. We want to ensure that patients understand what they can expect. Liquid rhinoplasty isn’t for everyone but can help some patients to test drive the appearance of what a surgical nose job can achieve.
Comprehensive Facial Rejuvenation: Nose Surgery and Other Procedures
We perform rhinoplasty as a standalone procedure, but many patients choose to combine chin or cheek implants with a nose job to enhance their results. For instance, facial implants can aid in creating facial harmony and can complement the results of your rhinoplasty.
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.
Many patients have heard stories of nose jobs that required strip gauze packing. We don’t find this packing necessary and avoid its use. Depending on the situation, a thin silicone sheet may be placed along the septum to optimize healing. Even with this in place, your nose will not be blocked, and you can get proper airflow through the nose. If we place splints, we remove them after one week.
We bandage the outside of your nose with a paper tape with a plastic cast on top of it. We mold this cast to your nose after the procedure to act as a protection for the first week of recovery. It will support and maintain the position of your nasal bones and cartilage. We also place what is known as a gauze mustache under your nose to catch any drainage that will escape through your nasal passages.
The incision depend on what technique we employ. If we use a closed or endonasal approach, the incision will be on the inside of your nose to hide any scarring. If we choose an external or open method, the incision is in the columella, the underlying section that separates the nostrils.
People express concern that a nose job will change their appearance drastically, making them look different. The fact is that the changes are subtle improvements that bring compliments like “you look great.” With computer imaging we can give you an idea of what to expect from the results.
We advise that our patients avoid any aerobic exercise for at least three weeks after a nose job. This abstention means you should not do any activity that increases your heart rate or blood pressure, as this would contribute to increased post-operative swelling. After three weeks you can begin to ease back into your workout routine. You should avoid all contact sports should for at least six weeks until the bones have had time to heal.
Initially yes, when the cast is on your nose. Once we remove the cast, you should not wear any glasses for six weeks to avoid having additional weight that may shift your healing nasal cartilage or bones.