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Considering a Rhinoplasty in Pittsburgh?
Rhinoplasty, which is more commonly known as a nose job, is a cosmetic operation that changes the external appearance of the nose by changing the contour and position of the cartilages and bones inside. It can be performed as a purely cosmetic procedure or it can be reconstructive and used to correct a problem. The techniques that accomplish these changes are both old and new — they have evolved as plastic surgeons have altered them over the years. For those hoping to alter the way their nose looks to make it more aesthetically pleasing, Dr. Cherup is a rhinoplasty specialist in Pittsburgh, PA who can help.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
During your rhinoplasty surgery. Dr. Cherup will employ local IV sedation or general anesthesia to help you feel comfortable during the entire process. Using the endonasal technique, Dr. Cherup will make all the incisions inside of the nose. For situations that require a higher degree of correction, she will use the external approach, which makes use of a small incision across the columella.
The process will take about one and a half to two hours to perform. Once the necessary corrections are made, Dr. Cherup will close the incisions and bandage the treatment area.
Recovering From Rhinoplasty Surgery
After the rhinoplasty surgery is completed, patients will usually need to wear a splint for the first week after. You will experience some swelling and bruising, but it will begin to subside over the next few days. The swelling will fade completely over the next few months as the new structure of your nose begins to take shape.
Patients should also avoid strenuous activities for three to six weeks after the surgery. However, you can return to your normal social activities within a few weeks without any problems.
Who Should Consider a Rhinoplasty?
Most patients seek a rhinoplasty consultation because they feel their nose is out of proportion with their facial features — for example, it is too wide, too long, has a large hump, or the tip is too boxy. The shape, size, width, curvature, and contour of the nose determine how the other features of the face are viewed as a congruent whole. Thus it is no surprise that surgery to change the features of the nose, called a Rhinoplasty, is the third most popular plastic surgery procedure and the most common facial plastic surgery procedure.
Rhinoplasty is done for a number of reasons, including altering how the look of the nose bridge, reshaping the nose tip, and enlarging or reducing the size of the nose. It is sometimes performed to correct nasal breathing and to shorten or widen the base of the nose.
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It is important for patients to find an experienced surgeon when considering rhinoplasty, and Dr. Cherup’s 30 years of experience will benefit any patient considering a nose job in Pittsburgh.
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Dr. Cherup did wonders for me with my rhinoplasty. I’m a guy who always hated my nose, and I was very nervous to have the surgery, but Dr Cherup did my relatives nose and it looked great. She was very straightforward (don’t be intimidated by her at first; that is her personality and she is very intelligent and funny). After the surgery I would say within a month the final result was literally perfect. No one could notice I had the surgery, yet it made me look better so subtly. It particularly made me look better from the sides. I should warn anyone who has a rhinoplasty that when the stint comes off, you are not going to look good. There is a lot of swelling and your nose will look worlds different from the end result. I didn’t know that and I was honestly devastated afterward. That said, it takes a month for the swelling to go down and your muscles to grow back (it really affects your smile at first). But she was wonderful and I owe so much to her. Definitely go to her. She is a magician and wants to help you.
Patients often complain about decreased airflow and septal deviation when seeking rhinoplasty. These airway flow problems can be addressed with functional nasal surgery — such as a septoplasty, turbinate trimming, and spreader grafts. These operations can possibly be reimbursed by your insurance after they are pre-authorized. Rhinoplasty surgery to improve the appearance of your nose cannot be billed to an insurance company.
Dr. Lori L. Cherup will listen to your concerns about the appearance of your nose. She will then examine you and compare your anatomy to normal diagrams and normal ideal noses, and diagnose the abnormalities and measure them in millimeters. Rhinoplasty is a surgery of millimeters. She will then describe the maneuvers that will be used to change your anatomy — they are performed in a stepwise fashion according to your surgical game plan.
During the consultation, Dr. Cherup may photograph your facial image with our new VECTRA three dimensional system. From this image, Dr. Cherup will change your nasal proportions and discuss the changes with you to better understand your goals and make you understand the surgical limitations of what can be done with your nose. You will leave with a printed image of what your nose could look like.
Rhinoplasty Surgery Details
The Rhinoplasty Surgery
Local IV sedation or general anesthesia, often necessary for male patients, will prepare you for your surgery, which will take one-and-a-half to two hours. Dr. Cherup employs the endonasal technique, meaning all incisions will be made inside the nose. Occasionally, she employs the external or open rhinoplasty approach, which utilizes a small incision across the columella (the strip of skin between the nostrils).
During surgery Dr. Cherup will address the shape of the tip cartilages, the height of the dorsal bones and cartilage, the width of the nasal bones, and the shape of the nostrils. When the surgery is finished, your nose will be packed gently with soft yellow Xeroform gauze that supports the internal mucosa and encourages clotting. A splint will stabilize your nasal bones if they have been infractured — you can choose your color of splint since you will be wearing it for five to six days! A gauze drip-pad will catch the drops of mucus and blood that may drip for few days. Dr. Cherup will see you in either one or four days to remove the packing, which does not hurt.
What Is Facelift Surgery Recovery Like?
Patients usually experience pain for only the first few days. Common initial complaints include skin numbness, tightness, and swelling. There will be stitches and staples used to close the incisions, which will be removed within a two-week period. Most patients at three weeks are presentable at a party with makeup.
Dr. Lori Cherup enjoys understanding the special needs of male patients. Most patients want a significant change, but one that is still natural and masculine in appearance. Achieving the degree of change, and limitations of the patient’s skin texture, anatomy, and symmetry with the rest of his features, will be discussed thoroughly. A too-severe change in a male nose can make a male face look feminine. Dr. Cherup will advise the patient against maneuvers that might lead to that result.
Post Operative Instructions
Swelling will last for 3 to 12 months. The final result will not be completely apparent for 12 months.Difficulty breathing through the nose will occur. After the crusts (boogers) have fallen out, the nose can be irrigated with saline and gently cleaned with Q-tips just in the very front of the nares.
Numbness is normal and will disappear in three months. Dripping of either mucus, or clear liquid will stop by one month. Keep Kleenex near you.
Residual asymmetries may be apparent. Dr. Cherup will never promise to achieve perfect symmetry in your nose, especially if your nose started off crooked. Dr. Cherup will strive to make your nose as handsome as it can be. A revisional surgery will be considered after 12 months if the significant improvement can be achieved by a small surgery.
Septal perforation is rare. If the septum does not heal perfectly, a small hole may result in it. The hole is usually asymptomatic. If problems such as bleeding, crusts, or whistling arise, it may be necessary to repair the perforation.
Price for Rhinoplasty in Pittsburgh
Getting a Rhinoplasty in Pittsburgh by Dr. Cherup can be a life-changing surgery. Viewed as a top plastic surgeon by her patients, she will be able to explain her technique and the benefits provided by the surgery. During the consultation. Dr. Cherup will provide you with a detailed price.
Surgery Surgeons Fee Range Operating Room Fee
Anesthesia Fee Range Appx Range Rhinoplasty/Septoplasty * 3500.00 – 5500.00 1500.00 – 2700.00 1050.00 – 1125.00 6050.00 – 9325.00
* = Insurance may cover a portion of the costs
Schedule a Consultation
If you’re ready to talk about if you are a candidate for a rhinoplasty, schedule your consultation in our Pittsburgh, PA plastic surgery facility.
Call Dr. Cherup at (412) 220-8181 or (877) 441-0639 or use our online form below.
From Our Patients…
“My husband had a condition known as Rhinophyma, which stemmed from Rosacea and made his nose look terrible. It was red, bulbous, and painful. The surgery was a huge success. Dr. Cherup and her staff are not only professional but caring and compassionate. She did a fantastic job of making his nose look normal again. All of his friends and family are amazed at the difference in his appearance.”