Nose Surgery. Reshape. Resize. Re-angle.
Surgery to change the shape, size, or angle of the nose is called rhinoplasty. In South Florida, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Cooper performs rhinoplasty with an eye for detail and an integrative approach, considering all of the facial features when refining the nose.
Learn more about why men and women considering rhinoplasty in the Palm Beach area choose Dr. Cooper and High Point Plastic Surgery for natural looking results. Request a consultation online or call our office at 561-509-1606 to schedule an appointment.
Speaking From Experience
“The key to a great rhinoplasty is to shape the nose in such a way that enhances the overall harmony of a patient’s features, while still preserving the unique character of his or her nose. A conservative approach is essential in order to create a nose that looks like the one that the patient should have been born with.”
What Is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty brings balance to your facial features by altering the physical characteristics of your nose. It is perennially one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures performed. In some cases, rhinoplasty combines aesthetic changes with functional improvements for patients who have difficulty breathing. Nose surgery requires both technical skill and a refined sense of aesthetics to create an attractive result that does not look “surgical.” Men and women considering rhinoplasty usually have at least one of the following concerns:
- Dissatisfaction with the shape, size, or angle of the nasal bridge or tip
- Lack of balance between the nose and other facial features
- Breathing issues due to structural problems
- Wide, large, or flared nostrils
Customizing Your Nose Surgery Procedure
Successful cosmetic nose surgery is built on excellent communication between you and Dr. Cooper. The specific reasons why you are bothered by the appearance of your nose are very personal. If you are having difficulty breathing through your nose, Dr. Cooper performs a procedure called functional rhinoplasty, which is focused primarily on correcting whatever internal irregularity is impeding the airflow. Changing the structure of your nose may involve removing or adding bone and cartilage and adjusting the internal structures supporting the nose.
Rhinoplasty techniques fall into 2 main categories:
- Open rhinoplasty: Incisions for open rhinoplasty procedures are made across the small strip of skin that separates the nostrils (the columella). This allows the skin to be lifted, exposing the internal nasal structures and allowing complete access to them. The scar at the incision site is barely visible after healing. Open rhinoplasty is the preferred approach for most plastic surgeons.
- Endonasal (closed) rhinoplasty: In closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made inside the nasal passages, leaving no external scars after surgery. A tiny microscope inserted into the nostrils gives the surgeon a view of the interior of the nose. The endonasal approach permits more limited dissection of nasal tissues, and may be appropriate for less complex rhinoplasties.
There is a reason Dr. Jason Cooper is regarded as one of South Florida’s premier plastic surgeons; the consistently beautiful results that only a specialist with his experience and training can get.
What to Expect from Nose Surgery
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure usually performed using a local anesthetic combined with sedation. Dr. Cooper provides patients detailed pre- and postoperative instructions that help them to have a more successful procedure and recovery. Recovery following nose surgery varies from patient to patient, but there are some general guidelines:
Immediately after surgery: Bruising and swelling around the nose and eyes are normal after surgery. Keeping the head elevated and applying cold compresses to the bruised areas help control swelling and reduce discomfort. A nasal splint is often necessary for support and protection, and prescription pain medication is typically taken for the first few days.
First week after surgery: Limit your activities, but make sure to walk around regularly to help your circulation. Dr. Cooper advises patients to keep their heads elevated and as still as possible during the first several days after surgery. A follow-up appointment is scheduled within the first week and the splint and bandages are removed approximately 7 to 10 days after the procedure.
Several weeks after surgery: Most of the swelling and bruising diminishes by 2 to 3 weeks after surgery, but some minor swelling of the nose may persist for many months. It’s important to use sunscreen and limit any activities that pose a risk of trauma to the nose. The final results of the procedure may not be completely noticeable for up to a year after surgery.