Rhinoplasty

Unhappy with your nose? Does the shape of your nose get in the way of your self-esteem? Do you suffer from breathing difficulties because of your nose?

You don’t have to live with an imperfect nose anymore. Dr. Harper’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery can give you a better-looking nose today.

The nose is one of the first parts of the face that meets the eye. Its appearance is not just a matter of importance, but one that defines how attractive a person looks and feels. If you are unhappy about the way your nose looks, get in touch with Dr. Harper’s office for an appointment. Dr. Harper will address your problems and help you decide the best course of action.

Rhinoplasty or aesthetic nose surgery is beneficial for individuals who don’t like the appearance of their nose. They may have disproportion of their nose in relation to their face. The nose may be too large, small, crooked, or wide. The aesthetics of the entire face may be thrown off by the shape or size of the nose. During the rhinoplasty procedure, the bones and the cartilage of the nose are reshaped. Dr. Harper can help you achieve better symmetry of your facial features. Rhinoplasty, when combined with correction of a deviated septum, may even help improve breathing for those with structural irregularities.

Ever Heard of a Bad Nose Job?

Did you know that it is very easy for the surgeon to go wrong with a rhinoplasty? A bad “nose job” would need redoing which is not very pleasant or the best solution for most patients. That’s why it’s important to get it right the first time around – and that’s why you need the best plastic surgeon to work on your nose.

Choosing the Right Clinic for Your “Nose Job” is as
Important as Choosing the Right Surgeon to do it.

Luckily, we have the best of both. Dr. Harper is an excellent plastic surgeon who is well versed in all the aspects of rhinoplasties. He works in a state-of-the-art clinic that is stocked with the latest technology for rhinoplasties. So, you can be assured that your procedure will be conducted in a clean but also aesthetically-appealing environment.

Are You a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

If you are unhappy with your nose’s projection, size, or shape and are considering rhinoplasty, you would be considered a good candidate for the procedure if:

  • You do not smoke
  • You are physically healthy
  • You have realistic goals concerning the improvement of your appearance
  • Your facial growth is complete

We also encourage you to meet us to have a detailed discussion and consultation with Dr. Harper himself.

Choosing Rhinoplasty at SHarper Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Patients who are having issues with their self-image related to the nose may want to consider a rhinoplasty. Though there is no standard ideal nose, anyone can achieve a better nasal proportion. Rhinoplasty can address the lack of proportion to the nose with regards to size, width, profile, nasal tip, nostril shape, and asymmetry in order to achieve better overall facial balance.

Some of the considerations that will be explained to you during your consultation with Dr. Harper include:

  • The size of your nose in relation to the rest of your facial features
  • The width of your nose at the bridge.
  • The size, position, and shape of your nostrils.
  • The nose’s profile.
  • The shape of the nasal tip – whether it is bulbous, abnormally shaped, or dropping.
  • The symmetry of your nose.
  • All breathing problems related to the structure of your nose or due to a deviated septum.

A little faith in your doctor will go a long way in helping you stay relaxed during the procedure. That is why Dr. Harper will ensure that you are at ease and are confident in him and his team before he works on you.

We do everything in our power to ensure your time with us is comfortable. You will be surprised at how refreshingly friendly and helpful our staff is. We will ensure that your stay with us is worry-free and will gladly address all your concerns.

If you are considering rhinoplasty, you should have reasonable expectations about the outcome. During a consultation with Dr. Harper, you can discuss any concerns you have about your nose and determine if rhinoplasty is appropriate for you.

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Your Rhinoplasty: What to Expect

The nose surgery can last between one to three hours and is typically performed under general anesthesia. Your rhinoplasty may be performed as an open surgery in which the incision is made across the columella, the area under the nasal tip and between the nostrils, or as a closed procedure in which all incisions are made inside the nose. Once Dr. Harper has gained access to the region of the nose that will be treated, he will begin to reshape the bone and cartilage.

Dr. Harper will individualize the rhinoplasty to your nose. He will reduce, augment, or define the different areas of your nose to achieve the desired results. In some cases, the nasal bones will need to be broken in order to achieve a balance of the nose. Cartilage may be grafted from other areas of your body to help improve the contour of the nose. Cartilage can be taken from the nasal septum or the ear. To finish the procedure, absorbable sutures are placed within the nose. Nasal packing and splints are used to control bleeding and allow the nose to heal. Externally a splint may also be used to reduce swelling and allow the fractured nasal bones to heal. This may be left in place for about a week.

What Happens After Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Most patients are able to return to their normal routine in one to two weeks following nose surgery. Don’t be alarmed if the swelling in your nose does not diminish quickly, as it takes some time to subside. If work on the nasal tip has been performed, it may take up to twelve months for the swelling to subside.

It may also take some time for you to adjust to your new appearance, especially if you are an older patient. With patience and a bit of caution against activities that can potentially create a nose impact, most patients are able to appreciate their new nose within three to six months.

Who said a “nose job” is only for better appearances? If you suffer from breathing problems, you might be suffering from a structural problem of your nose – like a deviated septum. A nose job or rhinoplasty will, in most cases, be able to get you breathing easy.

Rhinoplasty for Breathing Problems

There are several reasons you could have difficulty breathing. For example, a deviated septum can cause breathing difficulties. If you have had a rhinoplasty because of problems related to breathing, then you will require careful evaluation of the nasal structure, to ensure that airflow and breathing are unobstructed after the surgery.

Dr. Harper is available for a rhinoplasty consultation at your convenience.

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