Each year thousands of people undergo surgery of the nose (a.k.a rhinoplasty). Rhinoplasty is often performed for cosmetic purposes but a combination procedure can improve both form and function. We do many rhinoplasties for our clients in the Costa Mesa area to alleviate or cure nasal breathing problems, correct deformities from birth or injury in addition to cosmetic reasons.
People who come to our Costa Mesa plastic surgery office and are considering nasal surgery for any reason should know the importance of seeking out a Costa Mesa rhinoplasty specialist who is experienced in nasal airway function, as well as plastic surgery. We will ensure that efficient breathing is as high a priority as appearance.
Aesthetic methods of rhinoplasty refines the shape of the nose, bringing it into balance with the other features of the face. The nose is the most prominent facial feature, so even a slight alteration can greatly improve appearance. Often our Costa Mesa rhinoplasty clients chose to add a chin augmentation in conjunction with their rhinoplasty to better balance their features.
Skin type, ethnic background, and age are some factors that can influence the outcome and recovery after rhinoplasty. Except in cases of severe breathing impairment, young patients are usually not candidates until their noses are fully grown, at 15 or 16 years of age. With all the clients that come to us from the Costa Mesa area, we discuss risk factors, which are generally minor, as well as where the surgery will be performed, what type of anesthesia we’ll use and other things to expect the days surrounding the procedure.
During the actual procedure, the nose is reshaped by lifting the skin so that cartilage or bone can be removed or rearranged. The skin is then put back in place and sutured over the new frame. Most clients wear a nasal splint on the outside of the nose to help retain the new shape during healing. Sometimes soft, absorbent material is placed inside the nose to stabilize the septum, if so, it will be removed the morning after surgery or soon after. We typically remove external nasal dressings and splints are usually removed five to seven days after surgery.