Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic operation that changes the external appearance of the nose by changing the contour and position of the cartilages and bones inside. The techniques that accomplish these changes are both old and young — 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.
Who Should Consider a Rhinoplasty?
Most patients seek a plastic surgical rhinoplasty consultation because they feel their nose is out of concert with their other 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 determines 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 nose bridge looks, reshaping the nose tip, and enlarging or reducing the nose size. It is sometimes performed to correct nasal breathing and to shorten or widen the base of the nose. It is important for patients to find an experienced surgeon when considering rhinoplasty, and Dr. Cherup’s 30 years of experience benefits any patient considering a nose job in Pittsburgh.
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.
Post Operative Instructions
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.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’re ready to talk about if you are a candidate for a rhinoplasty, schedule your consultation.
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.”
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