A New For the Spring

Fall is a time when we all think of hunkering down just a bit for the coming months. No matter how much we like to head over to Boyne Mountain or to get our and skate about out on the nearest cleared pond, we all know winter will involve lots of indoor time reading a good book or binging on Netflix.

Winter’s also a great time to make those changes to your nose that you’ve been thinking about since you were in high school. You know the ones: that bump on the bridge, those slightly flared nostrils, or even that partially blocked septum from an earlier injury.

After the eyes, the nose is the defining feature of the face. People tend not to notice it if everything is even and balanced, but they really notice things such as a bulbous tip, a knob on the bridge, or an unsymmetrical shape. And people who have a nose that they aren’t happy with see it looking back at them every morning in the mirror.

Why put up with that? Get that nose you’d like to have with nose surgery from Drs. Armstrong, Cullen, or Martin at Elite Plastic Surgery. We customize your reshaping surgery to complement your features, and we have a long list of happy Michiganders who’ve benefitted from his surgical expertise.

Should you have nose surgery?

Really, anyone unhappy with his or her nose is a good candidate for nose surgery, formally known as rhinoplasty. Whether it is congenital or the result of an injury makes no difference. Here are some things to consider.

  • Your nose appears too large compared to your face
  • When viewed in profile, there is a bump on the bridge
  • The tip of your nose droops or is enlarged
  • Your nostrils are overly flared

The surgery

Prior to even deciding on surgery, you will consult with Dr. Armstrong, Dr. Cullen, or Dr. Martin about your potential nose surgery. You should look at our Before-and-After Galleries to find noses that are similar to yours. Also, we’ll use our digital photography and computer simulation tools to show you what your new nose will look like on your face.

The actual surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Our surgeons match the method used to the patient. In open rhinoplasty, the incision is made across the columella, the tissue between the nostrils. All the skin and cartilage are then lifted up off the underlying structure. In closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made within the nose. The skin is lifted off of the underlying bone and cartilage, which is then shaped and sculpted. With either method, once the changes are complete, the skin is re-draped and the nose is taped with steristrips and covered with a molded plastic splint to provide support.


Recovery is not fast with nose surgery. You’ll need to lay low for a full week, with your splint in place on your nose. In this time, your bruising should run its course. Over the next six weeks, your swelling should decrease up to 80%, but you must be patient. That’s why a Michigan winter is the perfect time to have rhinoplasty, so your new nose will be completely healed come spring.

If you’re interested in exploring changing those issues about your nose that irritate you, please call us at Elite, (616) 459-1907 to set up a consultation.

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