Rhinoplasty Surgery Las Vegas

Image Plus Las Vegas is a leading center for nose surgery (also known as rhinoplasty) in Las Vegas. Nose surgery can have both physical health benefits as well as cosmetic benefits, and our talented plastic surgeons perform nose surgery for many reasons. Some of our Las Vegas patients request nose surgery because they dislike the bump on their nose while others come in for a deviated septum and want a bit of cosmetic tweaking. Cosmetic nose surgery is so popular among Las Vegas residents because it can make such a huge, dramatic impact on the way a person looks. The nose is the most prominent feature on a person’s face, and the eyes of the people we meet are automatically drawn to the nose. By bringing the nose’s size and shape into an aesthetically pleasing balance with the rest of the face, our Las Vegas plastic surgeons can literally transform the way a person’s face looks.

If you are a Las Vegas resident interested in nose surgery for cosmetic or health purposes, it is important to know that nose surgery is best performed on people aged 18 and older. This ensures that the nose is fully developed and will not undergo any natural changes in size and shape that might negatively impact the results of cosmetic nose surgery. Nose surgery can be performed in two different ways; closed rhinoplasty or open rhinoplasty. Image Plus Las Vegas can perform both methods of nose surgery, but open rhinoplasty generally provides patients with better results since it gives the plastic surgeon better visibility and access to the cartilage and tissues inside the nose during surgery. Once Image Plus Las Vegas’ surgeons have completed the nose surgery, the patient is sutured and splinted to help the nose heal quickly and soundly. The bandages, splint and any inner packing is usually removed a week after nose surgery, at which point our patients are free to go out and enjoy Las Vegas with their new nose. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that although recovery from nose surgery takes a few weeks the nose will not completely settle into its permanent position for a full year.

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure in which the bony portion of the nose is reshaped to achieve better balance with the other facial features as well as a greater sense of self-confidence. Typically performed for cosmetic reasons, rhinoplasty may involve the shortening, narrowing or straightening of the nasal bone; minimization of a hump on the bridge; improvement in the angle of the nose and upper lip; narrowing of the nostrils; or changes to the tip of the nose.

Cosmetic rhinoplasty is best performed once the nose is fully developed—in females, around age 16 or 17; in boys, around age 17 or 18. Certain instances, such as significant deformity due to injury, may justify surgery at an earlier age. Septoplasty (repair of a deviated septum) and turbinectomy (full or partial removal of nasal passage filters which have become enlarged and interfere with normal breathing) are noncosmetic procedures often performed at the same time as rhinoplasty.Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

The Procedure
Rhinoplasty takes 2 to 3 hours and is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. An incision is made between the two nostrils; after which a tiny incision may be made on each side of the nose. To narrow the base of the nose or reduce the size of the nostrils, small incisions are made at the base of the nostrils to remove small wedges of skin. The skin covering the nose is then lifted to facilitate cutting and reshaping of nasal bones and surrounding cartilage. "Open" rhinoplasty is superior to the closed or blind-incision method because it provides better access to and visibility of the inner tissues.

The incisions are closed with a few sutures, and a plastic splint is usually taped over the nose to facilitate recovery. Packing may be inserted into the nostrils to stabilize the internal nasal structures. Your doctor will thoroughly discuss the details of surgery, including the appropriateness of noncosmetic procedures, as it applies to your specific needs.

If used, packing is taken out in 2 to 3 days. The splint, tape and/or external sutures are removed in a week. Swelling, bruising, minor bleeding, stuffiness in the nasal passages, and dryness of the throat are common in the first few weeks of recovery. In general, however, discomfort is minimal and easily controlled by keeping the head elevated, applying cold compresses, avoiding strenuous activities that raise the blood pressure, and pain medication. Bruising and any slight incision lines can usually be hidden with a good concealer, such as Dermablend®, after the first week.

You can expect to resume sedentary or light activity in about a week, but should refrain from significant manual labor or moderate to heavy lifting and bending for at least 2 to 3 weeks. Keep in mind that it can take up to a year—sometimes longer—before the nose is at or near 100 percent of its original strength and you can see the final result.