Rhinoplasty is done on an outpatient basis under sedation, and general or local anesthesia. Dr. Schleicher performs several types of rhinoplasty procedures. A standard rhinoplasty begins with incisions made inside the nostrils. The nasal bones, cartilage, and soft tissues are reshaped to improve the external contour of the nose. During an open rhinoplasty, often performed on larger or more difficult noses, an external incision is made across the strut between the nostrils, also known as the columella. Once the incision is complete, the bones, cartilage, and soft tissues are reshaped. A tip rhinoplasty is utilized if only the tip of the nose is abnormal. Dr. Schleicher may make the correction by utilizing a standard or external/open approach. Dr. Schleicher will correct large nostrils by using tiny incisions at the outer base of the nostrils with either type of rhinoplasty.
You will be sent home with an external cast or splint placed on your nose. Your nose may be packed for 24 to 48 hours. The cast or splint is usually removed within 7 to 10 days. If you have external sutures, you can expect them to be removed within 4 to 6 days.Any internal sutures will dissolve. Any initial discomfort can easily be controlled with oral medication. You can expect swelling and bruising to subside within 2 to 4 weeks. You can expect to be back to work in approximately 10 days and to see final results within 9 months
Deciding if rhinoplasty is right for you and the specific risks involved can only be determined after a consultation with Dr. Schleicher . All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally, while major complications are unusual. If you're interested in more information on rhinoplasty or would like to know if you are a good candidate for the procedure, please schedule a free consultation by calling our office at 804-282-4940.
A rhinoplasty is considered cosmetic surgery and not covered by health insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.