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Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Mesotherapy - A. Peter Salas, MD, FACS, FACM

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

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The shape and size of the nose are inherited from our family line and develop as we grow to maturity. These natural characteristics can be changed by rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty may also be performed to restore the shape of the nose after an injury or trauma, although it may not be possible to make the nose perfectly straight. Rhinoplasty will not treat snoring or sleep apnea.

What happens during rhinoplasty?
The cuts required to perform the procedure are normally made inside the nose to avoid scarring wherever possible. The desired shape of the nose is then created by partially removing and reshaping the underlying bone and cartilage. The small wounds are then closed with stitches. Finally the nose may be filled with surgical packing to help control any bleeding. The procedure is usually undertaken while you are asleep under a general anesthetic, but sedation and local anesthetic that numbs the area around the nose may be used.

What are the possible complications of rhinoplasty?
Like any operation carried out under general anesthetic, there is a small risk of chest infection, particularly among people who smoke. There is also a small risk of bleeding or infection. Some patients will experience a temporary loss or reduction in sensitivity to smell after the operation, which for a very small number of people will become permanent.

What should I expect at the hospital?
Before the operation you will be asked about your medical history and you will have a full medical examination, including checks on your heart and lungs. You should ensure you are free from a cough, cold or sore throat at the time of your operation and if you have any doubts, contact your surgeon for advice. When you arrive at the hospital you will be asked to sign a consent form to say that you understand the procedure and have given your permission for it to be performed. The nose itself will be examined and its shape and size will be measured. You will probably have a photograph taken of your face before the operation so that the results of surgery can be compared with the original appearance.

What Our Patients are Saying...

"Dr. Salas and his staff were kind, gentle and caring while maintaining a high level of professionalism. My procedure went exactly as planned and I could not be happier with the results."