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The term “rhinoplasty” is used for any procedure that addresses issues concerning the nose, which can include:

Changing the overall size of the nose

Removing a bump or filling in a dip on the bridge of the nose

Changing the shape or size of the tip of the nose

Adjusting the angle of the nose and the upper lip

Altering the width or breadth of the nostrils

Correcting a crooked or asymmetrical nose

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Types of Rhinoplasty Procedures

The general goal, with any of these cosmetic procedures, is to create a natural-looking nose that has a pleasing appearance, is proportional to the other facial features and respects the ethnic or cultural background of the patient.

A person’s nose has, typically, stopped growing by the time he or she is 15 to 17 years old. It is at this age and beyond that nose reshaping surgery can be performed.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty

The ethnic or cultural background of the patient can be maintained with an artistic approach to rhinoplasty, called “ethnic rhinoplasty.” Many people with a heritage of Afro-Caribbean, Far Eastern and Pacific Rim ethnic groups want to improve nose appearance while retaining the unique characteristics of the ethnic background.

At Arizona Aesthetics Associates, we customize every procedure and there is truly no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to nose reshaping. A successful surgery enhances your appearance, highlights your natural features, and perfectly suits your facial structure.

Our ethnic rhinoplasty in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Gilbert are done with impeccable attention to detail.

Post-Traumatic Rhinoplasty

A post-traumatic rhinoplasty refers to rhinoplasty performed to correct damage to the bone or cartilage that was caused by injury or a surgical procedure that requires nose reconstruction. Such damage might include a deviated septum or a broken nose structure, or a significant quantity of nose tissue that was removed during cancer surgery. As skilled facial reconstruction surgeons, we can help you restore the appearance of your nose if it has been severely damaged.

After an injury due to impact, deviations and asymmetries should be treated within 7 to 10 days of the injury. With fast corrections, the success rate is high. The restoration of the nose structure should be treated as an emergency. Blood clots can accumulate around the cartilage, which will limit the flow of blood to the area with the risk of destroying healthy cartilage.

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Revision Rhinoplasty

A revision rhinoplasty is designed to correct or alter the results of a rhinoplasty that led to a poor result. This may be warranted if the outcome of a previous rhinoplasty was not what the patent considers desirable in size, shape, or projection.

It can also be necessary when a poorly performed nose reshaping surgery that was not properly supported has collapsed.

Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons perform the best revision rhinoplasty Scottsdale, Phoenix and Gilbert have to offer.

*Dr. LaBarbera is a board eligible plastic surgeon at Arizona Aesthetics Associates.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure

In most instances, rhinoplasty is performed on an out-patient basis. Our skilled anesthesiologist typically administers a combination of a general anesthesia or, possibly, a local anesthesia along in conjunction with intravenous sedation. Depending on the procedure performed, it may take anywhere from one to several hours, with an average of two to three hours.

Although there are many specific procedures to correct different types of cosmetic issues, there are only two basic incisions:

An open incision, which is made between the nostrils (which will fade to be virtually invisible), and allows full access to cartilage, bone, and tissue for nose reshaping.

A “closed incision”, which is made within the nose and is appropriate for minor reshaping of the bridge.

Typical Types of Corrections

There are several ways the size or contour of the nose may be changed. Some typical actions are:

Reducing or adding to the nose bridge to create a more appealing appearance, no longer flat, or free from a visible hump.

Removing skin and cartilage, and possible bone, to reduce the size and create a more attractive shape to an overlarge nose.

Correcting overlarge or overlong nostrils.

Correcting a droopy or hanging nose tip.

Repositioning the nasal septum or fracturing and reshaping the bone to correct a deviated septum that is blocking an airway.

Recovery after a Rhinoplasty

Patients typically return home with a splint on top of their nose. This bandaging helps to reduce swelling of the nose as it heals. There may also be bruising, soreness and a feeling of stuffiness which will fade away as the days pass. Any painful sensations will be handled with prescription medication.

By the end of the first week, any dressings or nose splint will be removed. Within a week to 10 days, you will be able to resume your normal activities, though exercise must be avoided (along with any vigorous physical activity) until you are cleared by our surgeon.

Some of the swelling will have subsided in two to four weeks and full swelling resolution by the end of the first year.

When you come in for a consultation for your rhinoplasty in Phoenix, one of our plastic surgeons will go over in detail what to expect during the recovery period.

Our patients tell us that they feel far more confident after their rhinoplasty procedure. Are you unhappy with your nose? Let our board-certified plastic surgeons at Arizona Aesthetics Associates help you feel confident and happy with a nose that is an enhancement to your facial features.

*Dr. LaBarbera is a board eligible plastic surgeon at Arizona Aesthetics Associates.

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