Dr. Gardner is a skilled and experienced cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty surgeon. Using state-of-the-art techniques, he is able to repair nasal function and artfully reshape the nose. He is also able to address any sinus or allergy issues related to the nose.
What to do Before Your Procedure:
In your initial consultation with Dr. Gardner, you will discuss your medical history and receive a physical exam. You should be healthy and have realistic goals for your procedure. Dr. Gardner will make recommendations based on your expectations and overall health. In some cases, a more minor procedure may be enough to satisfy your goals.
Explanation of the procedure:
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to repair or reshape the nose. It can change the size, width and profile of your nose. It can smooth out depressions or bumps on the bridge and fix an imperfect nasal tip (one that is too large, droopy or curves upward). Large or wide nostrils may be reshaped, and a deviated septum can be corrected.
What can I expect from a rhinoplasty procedure?
Surgery is performed using either a local or general anesthetic. The surgery typically lasts an hour or two, but when more complex restructuring is required the procedure may last longer. A well-concealed incision is made, usually inside the nostrils or underneath the nose, and the nose is either reduced or augmented using cartilage grafts. These grafts are usually obtained from inside of the nose during the procedure. When necessary they may be harvested from the ear or rib. For those who wish to avoid additional surgical sites for cartilage graft harvest, Dr. Gardner will use a sterilized human rib cartilage allograft. At the time of your surgery, if a deviated septum needs to be corrected for breathing purposes, it is straightened as well.
Once the nasal structure has been reshaped, the incisions are closed and the patient is given a splint and packing to help support the nose as it heals. Most patients return home the same day, though more complicated procedures may require a brief hospital stay. You’ll be asked to rest in bed immediately after the surgery, keeping your head elevated in order to reduce swelling and bleeding. You may experience puffiness in the face and minor bruising for a few days while you heal. More extensive procedures may have bruising for up to 1-2 weeks. Dressings are usually removed after a week. Rhinoplasty usually offers permanent results, though it may take up to a year for these to be fully noticeable.
What are the risks?
Rhinoplasty is a common and safe procedure, but there are risks inherent with any surgery. These include infection, bleeding, pain, bruising, swelling, numbness, nasal asymmetry, septal perforation, contour irregularities, the need for occasional revisions.
Call Gardner Facial Plastic Surgery at (435) 628-1704 for more information or to schedule an appointment.