- Procedure: Outpatient
- Anesthesia: General
- Duration of Procedure: About two hours
- Initial Recovery Phase: About two weeks
- Results: Apparent after the initial recovery phase, but continue to improve for a year or more
As your most central facial feature, your nose affects the overall appearance of your face. If you dislike the size, shape or asymmetrical nature of your nose, you might feel self-conscious or embarrassed about the way it looks. If so, consider undergoing rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, with Dr. Sean Maguire. During nose surgery, Dr. Maguire combines exacting surgical skill with a keen eye for artistry to provide beautiful yet natural-looking results that restore a sense of balance among facial features. To view Dr. Maguire’s patients’ rhinoplasty results, visit our rhinoplasty gallery.
What Does Rhinoplasty Correct?
With nose surgery, Dr. Maguire can reduce the size of an overly large nose, augment a small nose, correct nasal asymmetry, narrow excessively wide nostrils, remove an unsightly bump from the bridge of the nose or improve the look of a bulbous tip. He can also correct structural nasal issues that often cause chronic breathing problems.
Is Nose Surgery Right for Me?
Suitable rhinoplasty candidates typically include individuals who:
- Are frustrated with the size, shape, asymmetry or function of their nose
- Are over the age of 18 with a nose that has stopped developing (Dr. Maguire may perform rhinoplasty for patients who are younger than 18 years old, on a case-by-case basis.)
- Are emotionally and physically healthy
- Have realistic expectations for the outcome of surgery
- Are pursuing rhinoplasty for personal reasons and not to satisfy someone else
What Are the Most Common Rhinoplasty Techniques?
Dr. Maguire is well versed in the two main approaches to nose surgery: the open and closed techniques. With the open approach to rhinoplasty, Dr. Maguire places the incision on the columella, or the thin strip of skin separating the nostrils. This gives him better visibility and thus more control during surgery, but generally requires a longer recovery period and may leave a small scar.
With the closed technique, the rhinoplasty surgeon places the incision on the interior of the nostrils. This approach does not leave any visible scars and may allow for a quicker recovery period, but Dr. Maguire has less visibility during the operation.
What Happens During Rhinoplasty?
Nose surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, under general anesthesia.
The details of the procedure vary by patient, largely depending on the patient’s surgical goals. For instance, Dr. Maguire might remove skin, tissue, cartilage and / or bone to reduce the size of the nose, or he might use cartilage grafting techniques to enhance the size of the nose or address asymmetry. To improve the function of the nose, he might re-shape the underlying nasal structure. Before the day of surgery, Dr. Maguire collaborates with the patient to formulate an appropriate treatment plan based on his or her unique anatomical needs and aesthetic concerns.
What Is the Rhinoplasty Recovery Period Like?
Following nose surgery, patients should expect to take about two weeks off of work or their usual routine, during which they should rest as much as possible.
For the first few days after surgery, patients should keep their head elevated at all times, even while sleeping. They may feel as though they have a “stuffy” nose and should breathe through their mouth to compensate for this. The treatment area might be swollen or bruised, and bruising might extend into the eye area. Patients should not be alarmed by the look of “black eyes”; this will resolve over time. Taking oral pain relievers as directed by Dr. Maguire and applying a soft icepack to the nose helps relieve any discomfort.
A splint or nasal packs may be in place after surgery to provide added support to the nasal structure during the initial healing process. Patients should keep these in place until Dr. Maguire instructs them otherwise.
Some of the results of rhinoplasty become visible as the initial swelling resolves, but the final aesthetic benefits of the procedure can take up to a year to become fully apparent; this is how long it takes for any residual swelling to resolve.
Restore Harmony to Facial Features
Undergoing nose surgery can restore a sense of harmony to facial features. To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Maguire and find out more about rhinoplasty, contact Physician’s Center for Beauty by calling (502) 897-7546 today.