A Primer on Everything Rhinoplasty

It’s easy to think that today’s aesthetic surgeries are new, reliant on technology, and in some cases such as endoscopic brow lifts that is true. But other procedures have been around for a long time. Rhinoplasty is one of those.

The first recorded nose-enhancement surgery can be traced back to ancient times in Egypt and India. Fast forward to 2021, nose surgery, clinically known as rhinoplasty, is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgeries every year. Some patients want to aesthetically improve the appearance of their nose while others want to correct deformities brought about by trauma.

Our board-certified Elite Plastic Surgery surgeons have been helping patients from all over Michigan like the nose they see every morning when they look in the mirror. Nose surgery is a very satisfying procedure.

What’s involved?

Whatever your reasons for wanting rhinoplasty, below is a run-through of everything involved with the procedure:

  • Rhinoplasty is more than just about altering the size and shape of your nose. Your Elite surgeon will consider all of these factors — your overall facial balance, nasal support, skin elasticity, ethnicity, and medical history.
  • A good cosmetic outcome from rhinoplasty is not solely dependent on the skills of your surgeon but also the patient’s healing response, which may be influenced by the state of his or her health and lifestyle habits such as smoking.
  • Rhinoplasty can be performed via the open or closed approach. In an open rhinoplasty, the nasal cartilage and surrounding bone structure are exposed, while a closed approach keeps them untouched and unexposed because the incisions are made inside the nose.
  • It’s not uncommon to be disappointed with the appearance of your nose following surgery. The significant amount of swelling post-surgery will be unappealing. You need patience at this time. (For anyone who wants immediate results without significant downtime, hyaluronic acid injections are an excellent alternative to rhinoplasty.)

Whether it’s a droopy nasal tip or a variety humps and bumps that are bothering you, we’d love to help you review your nose-enhancement options. Call the team at Elite Plastic Surgery, (616) 459-1907, to make a consultation for rhinoplasty.

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