The nose has been described as the secret to a beautiful face. Rhinoplasty is one of the most well known and most performed cosmetic procedure. Rhinoplasty realigns the nose so that it is in proportion with the contours of the face — creating facial harmony and balance.
The nasal bones are typically sculpted, and nasal cartilage is either removed or sculpted to reshape the external nose. Every nose and nasal structure is different. Some patients have strong dorsal humps or wish to have a smaller nose that balances their other facial features.
THE FINE ART
Dr. Chernoff is considered among the best and most experienced Rhinoplasty surgeons in the area. He uses a unique combination of superb surgical skill, sophisticated techniques and refined artistic judgment to provide his patients with outstanding aesthetic results.
His reputation for excellent surgical outcomes and impeccable patient care attracts numerous Rhinoplasty and Rhinoplasty revision patients. Every patient is different and has unique goals for his or her appearance. Dr. Chernoff uses his experience and expertise to create unique and beautiful results.
ADVANCES IN SCIENCE
Through the advent of smaller instruments and diamond cutting tools, minimal bruising, minimal bleeding, and minimal pain are achieved. No internal packing is required; however, an external fiberglass, flesh-colored splint will be placed on the nose for ten days.
It is remarkable that patients who for many years have held their heads down or refused to be seen in profile can have this distress removed by a relatively simple procedure in a 2-hour period.
SINUS & SEPTOPLASTY
A Septoplasty can be performed in conjunction with endoscopic sinus surgery to rid a patient of their chronic sinusitis symptoms. The incision for the Rhinoplasty is in the shape of a small “W” at the base of the tip of the nose and is barely perceptible after one to two weeks. The incision for a Septoplasty is placed on the inside of the nose and is not visible outside.
Rhinoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure under either twilight or general anesthetic. The incisions, which have been previously described, are barely perceptible in a short period. The skin and tissues of the nose along with the underlying bone and cartilage are sculpted by Dr. Chernoff to your desired new shape.
If your nose is too large, Dr. Chernoff can sculpt away cartilage to reduce its size. Noses that point up or droop down can be redirected by trimming the septum that divides the two nasal passages. Skin can be removed from both sides of the nostrils at the center to narrow the base of the nose. Sometimes, the contour can be improved by adding tissue that is borrowed either from the nasal septum or the patient’s ear.
Most patients are pleasantly surprised by what little pain they experience during recovery. When you wake up from surgery, you will have a nasal splint and slight stuffiness of the nose which usually lasts a week.
RECOVERING AFTER SURGERY
We are all different and our bodies react and respond differently to surgery. Immediately after surgery, your face could feel puffy. The area around your eyes and nose could have some bruising and swelling for a few days. Cold compresses can help minimize the swelling and reduce pain. It takes about 10 to 14 days before most of the swelling and bruising improves. Taking arnica prior to the procedure can help, and your preoperative nurse will explain Dr. Chernoff’s recommendations. You may need to keep your head elevated and relatively still for the first few days after surgery.
The first couple days after surgery you will need to take it easy, doing small tasks for short periods of time. You can gradually increase your activity level and allow your body to heal. It’s critical that you are careful not to bump your nose as you move around after surgery. It may be several weeks before you can return to strenuous activities like running or lifting heavy weights.
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