Common Questions About Rhinoplasty
What is rhinoplasty? What does it do?
Rhinoplasty is the surgical reshaping of the nose to benefit both form and function. Cosmetic rhinoplasty is performed to make the nose look more aesthetically pleasing, improving internal proportions, and establishing harmony with the other facial features. Functional rhinoplasty involves adjusting the shape of the bones, cartilage, and tissues to improve breathing passages. It’s common to need both cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty. Dr. Ransom is an expert in both areas, and he works closely with patients, tailoring treatments to your specific needs.
What do I need to know beforehand?
While rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure, the recovery is not as challenging as is commonly assumed. Most patients take only a few days off work and are fully healed within a few months.
Is rhinoplasty painful?
The surgical procedure is not painful, as patients are under anesthesia throughout. Some patients will experience two to three days of discomfort following the procedure. Dr. Ransom will work with you to help ease any discomfort, if necessary. Patients tend to feel much better after that short period of time. During the weeks that follow, your body will continue to heal and any mild swelling or bruising will resolve.
Why/How does rhinoplasty go wrong?
There are rare instances where the results of a rhinoplasty differ from what the patient had in mind. Dr. Ransom works hard to minimize unexpected aesthetic or healing-related changes with his patients, and is frequently called upon to help patients who have had surgery performed elsewhere. Another common issue is that, though there has been an aesthetic improvement, the breathing passages have been compromised. This can be remedied with revision rhinoplasty as well.
Are revisions common?
The national rate for revision rhinoplasty is roughly 10%, or 1 out of 10 patients. Dr. Ransom’s rate, however, is substantially lower than this.
Who benefits from rhinoplasty?
The most common rhinoplasty candidates are those who feel that the shape or size of their nose is detracting from their other facial features. For example, a patient might think they have very nice eyes or lips, but that their nose looks too big or flat or crooked and is drawing attention away from their favorite features. Dr. Ransom provides rhinoplasty that can help restore harmony to your facial appearance. He treats patients with all types of noses. If you feel your nose is too big, too small, too flat, Dr. Ransom can surgically improve almost any issue.
Other patients who benefit from rhinoplasty are those who have trouble breathing. In these cases, Dr. Ransom specializes in restoring functionality by reshaping the nasal passages, so you can breathe easy. Functional and cosmetic changes are commonly performed together.
How long is recovery?
Short term recovery lasts about a week. However, with tissue settling and remodeling, subtle changes will occur over a period of several months.
How do I sleep after rhinoplasty?
Patients are advised to sleep on their back, with their head elevated. Two or three pillows to is enough to prop up your head while recovering.
When will I look normal?
Typically, after about a week, any bruising and obvious swelling will resolve. Patients comfortably return to work relatively quickly. There may be some restrictions to certain athletic activities, depending on the type of surgery performed. Dr. Ransom will clarify this with you as needed.