Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty techniques must vary depending on the desires of the patient and the operative plan. There are two basic approaches to rhinoplasty: open and closed. For reducing the hump on the top of the nose and improving a person’s profile, the closed technique works very well. This involves incisions inside the nose only and may or may not involve breaking the nasal bones to reset their position. If there are to be extensive changes to the tip of the nose (usually to change a boxy tip), then the open rhinoplasty approach is often used. This involves the incisions inside the nose as well as a small incision across the columella (the thin strip of skin extending from the upper lip to the tip of the nose).

rhinoplasty columbus ohioNasal implants or cartilage grafting may be necessary as well. Often a goal of rhinoplasty surgery is to improve airflow and may require additional procedures. Swelling in the nose can persist for quite some time. If extensive work is done on the tip, the final results may not be visible for a year after surgery, although much of the swelling may be resolved within a few weeks. Recovery from rhinoplasty is about 1 week, although bruising from resetting the nasal bones can persist for 2 or 3 weeks.

 

Faqs on Rhinoplasty
Yes, rhinoplasty is a common procedure for Dr. Houser. He is experienced and skilled in the latest facial surgery techniques. Dr. Houser is also active in resident education in Columbus,Ohio, both at Ohio State University, in the plastic surgery program, as well as in the general surgery program at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Nasal surgery has come a long way over the years and is generally not very painful. Most patients will report some pressure sensation after surgery, but not a lot of pain. If extensive work is done to improve airflow, there may be splints on the inside of the nose that add to the pressure, but these are removed at the first postoperative visit.
Absolutely! Dr. Houser listens carefully to each patient ensuring that he understands their desired results. Many patients find that after they have been at home during their recovery period, upon returning to work co-workers notice a difference, but are unsure about what change has been made.
The recovery period from rhinoplasty is usually about one week. However, you may still have some bruising for two to three weeks. Dr. Houser will discuss your expected recovery with you during your consultation and your pre-op visit.
During your consultation, Dr. Houser will talk with you (and listen to you) to find out what results you are wanting from your rhinoplasty surgery. Dr. Houser will also examine and take measurements of your face and nose. A medical history will be taken, so please bring a list of any medications that you regularly take as well as any allergies to medications.
Dr. Houser performs most rhinoplasty surgeries in our (AAAASF) fully accredited surgical suite on an outpatient basis. Accreditation by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities is only awarded to surgical facilities which maintain the highest level of patient care, safety, cleanliness and emergency response procedures.
Cost varies from patient to patient depending on length and difficulty of the planned surgery. Dr. Houser discusses the cost of each procedure after consulting with and examining each patient, as no two patients and surgeries are just alike.For patients who suffer from certain breathing problems due to nasal abnormalities, insurance coverage may reduce out-of-pocket expenses.

It is important to consider factors other than cost when searching for a plastic surgeon to perform your rhinoplasty. Surgical techniques and experience vary greatly from doctor to doctor. When searching for a doctor to perform your rhinoplasty, you should look for a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (not all surgeons performing plastic surgery in Ohio are) and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

 

Dr. Houser has many patients who travel from outside the Columbus, Ohio area to have rhinoplasty as well as other plastic surgery procedures. Because of this, we have partnered with a post-surgical care facility located in a luxury hotel in downtown Columbus. The professionals at Cosmetic Surgery Recovery Suites / Columbus, Ohio provide private and attentive care following surgical procedures. Other options are available as well to meet individual needs.
Dr. Houser would be happy to meet with you and answer your questions at our Westerville/ Columbus, Ohio office. Please call to schedule a private consultation. The American Society of Plastic Surgery website also provides helpful information on rhinoplasty.