Rhinoplasty (Nose Plastic Surgery)
Rhinoplasty is plastic surgery performed on the nose to achieve the desired shape and dimension by bringing it into proportion with the rest of your facial features. The procedure can correct deformities from birth or caused by an accident or previous surgery. Most commonly, rhinoplasty is performed to address size, proportion, symmetry, bumps or depression in one’s profile, as well as drooping or upturned nasal tips and large or upturned nostrils. Rhinoplasty can also address breathing issues by correction of a deviated septum.
During nose surgery, Dr. Rottman will gently raise the soft tissues over the nose and reshape the nose itself. Cartilage can be taken from the septum or from another part of your body, such as the ear, in order to make the nose, or a portion of it, larger. If you have a deviated septum, Dr. Rottman will straighten it and adjust the structures inside your nose as needed to facilitate breathing. After shaping the nose, Dr. Rottman will redrape the soft tissue and skin.
Nose plastic surgery can be “open” or “closed.” Open surgery involves an incision across the strip of tissue between the nostrils; with closed surgery the incisions are hidden inside the nose. Incisions may also be made in the natural creases of your nostrils if you wish to change their size or shape.
After rhinoplasty, splints, gauze (packing) and tubes will be necessary for one week in order to support your nose’s new shape. As the swelling and bruising diminish, you will be able to see the nose’s new form and breathe more comfortably. It may take several months for the swelling to fully dissipate, and up to a year for the full change to be visible.
Your Consultation with Dr. Rottman
During your consultation, Dr. Rottman will talk with you about whether you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty, your expectations, and what to expect during and after surgery. Please contact us to schedule your appointment at either of our convenient Baltimore locations.