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Introduction to Rhinoplasty

The size, shape, or function of a patient’s nose can often be a cause of concern. If you are bothered by your nasal appearance, a Rhinoplasty may be a great solution for you. Dr. George Papanicolaou offers expert rhinoplasty procedures at Soma Plastic Surgery in Lake Mary, Florida, just north of Orlando. Rhinoplasty surgeries can serve several aesthetic, functional, or cosmetic purposes, to learn more about them, please continue reading the information below.

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, nasal surgery, or “nose job” is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed today. Rhinoplasty plastic surgeons can three-dimensionally reshape, reduce, or augment the nose to provide facial balance. Correcting nasal deformities, such as reducing a nasal hump or refining a wide nasal tip can help achieve facial harmony and boost self-confidence. Rhinoplasty is not only a cosmetic procedure but may be performed as a reconstructive procedure to correct a birth defect, fix an injury such as a broken nose, and/or improve airflow through the nose.

What are the Benefits of Rhinoplasty?

Our Orlando, FL Rhinoplasty patients have discovered many wonderful benefits from their surgery, which include:

  • Adjusts a crooked nose
  • Better facial harmony
  • Corrects problems caused by a deviated septum
  • Enhances or reduces the nasal bridge
  • Improved breathing
  • Provides nostrils with a pleasing shape
  • Reduced the nasal tip and/or bridge
  • Reduces large nostrils

Open Rhinoplasty

An Open Rhinoplasty includes the same two incisions, but with one additional incision connecting the two, across the columella. That final connecting incision is called a trans-columellar incision, and it allows Dr. Papanicolaou to open the skin of the nose.

With this technique, Dr. Papanicolaou will elevate the skin to assess all of the various nasal tissues and structures, then, he will have full access to perform corrections such as removing excess tissue, reshaping the cartilage and nasal bones, or placing cartilage grafts. Once these corrections are finished, he will reposition the skin and suture it back up for the healing process.

An Open Rhinoplasty will result in a scar at the incision site, however, this is usually well concealed. As time passes, the scar will fade and remain minimally visible.

Closed Rhinoplasty

With a Closed Rhinoplasty, also called Endonasal Rhinoplasty, any incisions and nose tip reshaping are done within the nostrils. Closed rhinoplasty techniques are generally used when the patient desires minor corrections and reshaping of the nasal tip.

Dr. Papanicolaou begins your procedure by making a small incision inside each nostril. From there, he will make nasal corrections as needed, such as sculpting the cartilage and nasal bones, eliminating excess tissue, or adjusting the shape/size of the nostrils. When complete, Dr. Papanicolaou will use dissolvable sutures to close the incisions.

There is no visible scarring after a Closed Rhinoplasty, however, since access is limited with this technique, it cannot be recommended for all patients.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Individuality and uniqueness are some of the most beautiful aspects of humanity, so in the world of plastic surgery, that means that not every technique works the same way for everyone. Dr. Papanicolaou offers variations on advanced techniques in his rhinoplasty procedures to allow every Lake Mary and Orlando Rhinoplasty patient to alter their appearance while maintaining their ethnic identity. With an Ethnic Rhinoplasty, extra care and attention to detail make it possible to create a more pleasing nose aesthetic for his non-Caucasian patients.

This particular procedure helps minimize nasal flaws, improving the overall size, shape, and symmetry bringing out facial harmony, all while preserving your unique beauty and heritage.

Male Rhinoplasty

Dr. Papanicolaou uses a special approach for his male patients who want to alter their nasal shape and size or remove that “bump” in their nasal anatomy. Male Rhinoplasty is geared towards keeping a powerful, prominent nose, with a less rotated nasal tip, but also fitting your masculine face. You’ll be able to maintain your square, well-defined jawline and adjust some of the more nuanced defects that you may not like about your nose.

Dr. Papanicolaou takes everything about what makes a male nose unique into consideration when performing this procedure. These characteristics are usually your nose width, the angle of the nasal tip, your facial shape and structure, and finally, the angle of your nasal bridge.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a surgical technique, so Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty may sound a bit like an oxymoron. Nonetheless, this minimally invasive option (a.k.a. liquid rhinoplasty) can work wonders for some patients with small contour deformities. Using fillers similar to the products used for cheek or lips augmentation, dorsal depressions or flat nasal tips can be treated to smooth the contour or improve tip projection. While the fillers are only temporary, they can be a great option for someone not ready for surgery or as a quick fix for an upcoming event (i.e. wedding, graduation, reunion, etc.).

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is an office-based procedure that takes about 45 minutes. If you are considering this option to get ready for an upcoming event, give yourself a few days to allow the filler to settle in. Dr. Papanicolaou can help you see natural results and decide if this is the right treatment for you.

Who are the Best Candidates for a Rhinoplasty Plastic Surgery Procedure?

The best candidates for Rhinoplasty are individuals who share the following characteristics:

  • Are at least 15 years old in females and 17 years old in males
  • Experiencing breathing problems, such as mouth breathing and/or snoring
  • In overall good, general health
  • Maintain realistic expectations for the procedure
  • May have had previous nasal trauma, such as a broken nose
  • Non-Smokers
  • Seeking Rhinoplasty for personal reasons, not pressure from others
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What’s the First Step?

Rhinoplasty may be performed for functional and cosmetic reasons. Dr. Papanicolaou will evaluate the external nose as well as the internal nose to determine if functional correction is needed. Combining nose reshaping with septoplasty and/or turbinate reduction can effectively treat certain breathing problems, such as those caused as a result of a broken nose or deviated septum.

What to Expect on the Day of Nose Surgery

On the day of your Rhinoplasty procedure at Soma Plastic Surgery, you meet with Dr. Papanicolaou and discuss the details of your surgery one more time. Once you are ready to begin, we will administer your general anesthesia to ensure your surgery goes smoothly with no pain.

Dr. Papanicolaou will begin your Rhinoplasty procedure using specific techniques that are based on your unique nasal shape and desired outcomes, which can involve making incisions on the narrow strip of tissue that separates your nostrils (called the columella), or inside the nostrils to access the nasal structures and reshape the bone, cartilage, and tissue of your nose. If a closed procedure technique is utilized, the incisions will be hidden inside your nose, whereas an open procedure will require an incision to be made across the columella.

After the surgery, Dr. Papaniqolaou may use either nasal packing, nasal splints, or a combination of them to provide support and maintain the new shape of your nose.

The surgery can take anywhere between one and three hours, depending on the extent of correction required.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Since Dr. Papanicolaou is performing Rhinoplasty as an outpatient procedure, you will be able to go home to recover. For a short time after surgery, patients may experience puffiness, nose aches or a dull headache, some swelling and bruising, bleeding, or stuffiness. Most patients feel like themselves within two days and return to work in about a week. Dr. Papanicolaou does place a nasal splint on the nose and silicone splints in the nose during the surgery. All splints and stitches are removed in one week. Normal activity can be resumed in 3 weeks.

The results of rhinoplasty become gradually apparent as the days pass after surgery and swelling recedes. Swelling may reappear from time to time in the first year after the procedure. It is typically more noticeable in the morning and fades during the day.

How Much

How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost in Orlando, FL?

The cost of a Rhinoplasty performed in Orlando will vary depending on many factors, including the procedure being performed, the complexity of the reconstruction, and the time needed for surgery. The best way to determine the cost of your surgery is to meet with Dr. Papanicolaou and have your personalized surgical plan made. Once this is done, our Patient Coordinator will be able to provide you with a complete breakdown of the cost of the procedures.

Why Choose Us?

Why Choose Dr. Papanicolaou?

At Soma Plastic Surgery, our friendly, professional staff believe that beauty is intensely personal, and we respect the uniqueness of each individual. As a double-board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. George Papanicolaou and his team are committed to offering the very best in cosmetic procedures and reconstructive surgery. We assure you that your privacy is sincerely respected, whether you are interested in learning more about Rhinoplasty or one of our non-surgical treatments. We provide innovative financing options for cosmetic surgery which makes your desires more affordable than ever.

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Rhinoplasty surgery can have a wonderful impact on your self-esteem by improving your nasal appearance and even helping you to breathe easier by correcting a deviated septum. If you are interested in being a good candidate for Rhinoplasty in Lake Mary and the Orlando area, contact Soma Plastic Surgery today to schedule your Rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Papanicolaou, or use our website to fill out an appointment form. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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