Rhinoplasty / Nose Job | Montgomery
Rhinoplasty is the art of reshaping the nose. Racial and ethnic norms vary widely and because of this, a wide array of procedures and techniques are available. This is truly a procedure that must be customized to the patient and a cookie cutter approach must be avoided. At Alabama Surgical arts Dr. Nizam will use imaging software to “morph” the nose and agree upon the shape that is trying to be achieved. Rhinoplasty is a procedure of balance and sometimes can require additional procedures to achieve a harmonious natural appearance.
The procedure itself is performed through a small incision on the columella or inferior portion of the nose. The rest of the incisions are hidden inside the nose. The columellar incision is imperceptible by 6 months. Once the skin of the nose is lifted free, the underlying cartilage and bone is reshaped. This may require removal of the above tissue or sometimes addition to them depending on the prediscussed goals. If augmentation with cartilage is required it is typically obtained from your septum, ear, rib, or cadaver. There is a recent trend towards nonsurgical rhinoplasty and for some this may present a valid option, which can be discussed at consultation. Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and takes approximately 4 hours.
Social down time is typically 7-10 days. Sutures will be removed over this time span. A splint will remain on the nose for 7 days. Make up can be worn below the eyes to cover bruising the day after the procedure, however this may last for up to 2 weeks. A majority of swelling in the nose is typically gone by 6 weeks. The final tip contour may not be fully appreciated for up to 1 year.