Rhinoplasty Nashville / Nose Job Procedure
Cosmetic and functional deformities of the nose may be congenital, developmental, or acquired. Congenital deformities of the nose are present at birth and may be related to genetic abnormalities, such as cleft lip. Developmental deformities of the nose occur from abnormal growth of bone or cartilage as a person grows. Acquired deformities of the nose can result from trauma or complications from previous nasal surgery. Despite the underlying cause, deformities of the bone and cartilage of the nose can result in significant functional problems with nasal breathing or chronic nasal/sinus infections, or undesirable cosmetic appearance of the nose that can make people self-conscious and lead to low self-esteem and depression.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects deformities of the bone and cartilage of the nose in order to improve nasal function (breathing) and/or aesthetic appearance. The technique for rhinoplasty can vary considerably depending on the anatomy, concerns, and goals of the patient. The procedure may include straightening of the nasal septum (wall that divides the two sides of the nose), restructuring of the cartilages of the nasal tip, and fracturing of the nasal bones to restore symmetry and function, and improve aesthetics of the nose. Some people with significant nasal deformity may require additional cartilage from the ears or a rib to reconstruct the cartilage framework of the nose, while others may require bone grafting or implants when additional structural support is needed. The techniques required must be individualized to each patient.
Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia or deep IV sedation. The procedure may take 1 – 4 hours or longer in rare cases, depending on the complexity of the procedure. Most patients can return to normal activities in 1 – 2 weeks, but mild to moderate swelling may take several weeks to resolve. Rhinoplasty is an art, and requires significant experience and expertise to achieve optimal results, as the nose can change over years following rhinoplasty.
Exact cosmetic results may vary because every patient has their own unique circumstances.