Many men and women desire an aesthetic balance between their facial features, and often focus on the slight imperfections of their nose, as this is the central feature of the face. Regardless of the reasons for desiring a rhinoplasty, Dr. Daniel C. Mills possesses an artistic eye and years of expertise, which allow him to help his patients achieve the cosmetic balance they desire and the increased self-confidence they deserve.
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Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is a common plastic surgery procedure that can adjust the nasal shape by increasing or decreasing nose size, reducing the bridge or tip of the nose, and even alter and reshape the nostrils. Also known as nose resculpting, rhinoplasty can help Dr. Mills’ patients correct a variety of feelings associated with their nose, including the following:
- Too large or too small for the face
- Off-center or crooked
- Asymmetry due to previous injury
- Undesirable bumps, dips, depressions, or thickness
- Excessively flared nostrils
- Breathing problems, including a deviated septum
Dr. Mills relies on special facial plastic surgery training when helping his patients achieve their goals of a balanced facial aesthetic through rhinoplasty by focusing on the individual expectations and striving for natural-looking results.
What to Expect
During the consultation process, Dr. Mills will listen to every patient’s goals and expectations, and review all possible options when developing a rhinoplasty treatment plan. With nose surgery, Dr. Mills may employ a number of different techniques to reach the desired result. However, traditional rhinoplasty involves incisions made along the outside and/or inside of the nostrils to limit visible scarring. During the procedure, the nasal bone and cartilage are separated and reshaped according to the treatment plan, then replaced and supported by a splint to help the nose retain its new shape. In some cases, gauze may be used within the nostrils to hold the septum in place and control bleeding.
Several weeks before the date of surgery, patients will meet with our pre-operative patient coordinator. She will review all of the pre-operative instructions and ensure that each patient has completed all the necessary lab tests and health screenings based on their medical history and surgical plan. To facilitate the effectiveness of the rhinoplasty procedure, patients will be asked to stop taking certain medications and supplements two weeks prior to surgery, until two weeks after the procedure. To close the appointment, the patient and patient coordinator will address any final questions and concerns, to be certain everyone is prepared for surgery and ensure an optimal recovery period.
Dr. Mills’ team consists of a nurse anesthetist, a registered nurse, and a surgical technician; all will be fully dedicated to each patient’s care throughout their nose surgery. On the day of surgery, patients will be admitted to the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery facilities and spend about an hour with our registered nurse in preparation for the procedure. As Dr. Mills has been working with most of his dedicated and highly-skilled team since he started his practice, the entire team is committed to and experienced at providing all patients with superior care on a successful path to the eventual surgical goals.
The typical rhinoplasty procedure takes about two hours to complete under general anesthesia, which allows the procedure to be performed as an outpatient surgery. Nose surgery can often be combined with other cosmetic facial surgeries, such as facial implants, brow lifts, or chin augmentation, as well as non-invasive techniques like injectable fillers, to further improve the overall facial aesthetic in pursuit of the patient’s ultimate plastic surgery goals.
Recovery from nose surgery requires elevation of the head for at least a day following the procedure, and avoiding any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for at least three weeks. Patients should avoid blowing their nose for at least a week following nose surgery to allow the area to heal correctly. Within a few days, nasal packing will be removed, and normal activities can typically be resumed after about a week. Dr. Mills’ patients can expect some swelling and bruising for several days following the cosmetic surgery. However, most patients can expect at least 75% of the swelling to dissipate within about a month of the procedure. Pain during the recovery process from rhinoplasty can be managed with medication.
Dr. Mills will provide each patient with instructions specific to their situation and procedure to ensure the ultimate success and effectiveness of their rhinoplasty procedure, and avoid any complications or infections. While extremely rare, typical risks associated with nose surgery include the development of blood clots, infection, or an adverse reaction to the anesthesia. Blood clots will usually dissolve on their own; however, if they do not they can be drawn out with a needle. If an infection occurs, they are typically treated with antibiotics.