in Cumberland, Hagerstown, Morgantown
Probably more than any other plastic surgical procedure, rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) captures the need for surgical artistry and excellent technical skills to achieve a balance of both appearance and function. Rhinoplasty not only changes the shape and appearance of the nose, but also the function of the airway. In planning rhinoplasty, overall considerations such as facial shape and the relationship of the nose to the eyes, upper lip, chin, and overall facial balance are taken into consideration. A careful preoperative plan is created, often with the use of preoperative photographs which are modified or “morphed” to simulate the postoperative result of surgical interventions. In areas like Cumberland, Hagerstown, MD and Morgantown, WV, rhinoplastys are performed for many patients to improve nose function.
Almost any portion of the nose can be changed including:
- The bony nasal dorsum.
- The nasal tip.
- The nostrils.
- Junction of the nose and the upper lip.
- Nasal airway and movement of air through the nose and nostrils.
Interventions may affect only the soft tissue or may change the soft tissue, the cartilages of the nose, and the bones of the upper portion of the nose. Performed in Cumberland, nose surgery may be done under local or general anesthesia and may take anywhere from 1-3 hours.
Scheduling a Rhinoplasty Consultation
At your consultation a thorough inspection of the nose, both internally and externally, and the nasal airway are undertaken. Photographs are obtained and these are reviewed with you to determine exactly what changes are desired. These can be simulated with computer aided photography and expected postoperative results can be reviewed to generate a surgical plan.
Typical characteristics that can be addressed at surgery include:
- Irregularities of the nasal dorsum (crooked, dorsal hump, sloping nose, irregularities, or a wide upper nose)
- Irregularities of the nasal tip (pinched or crooked tip, wide flat tip, or upwardly or downwardly plunging tip).
- Areas of the nostrils including wide or flared nostrils or long narrow nostrils.
- The relationship of the nose to the upper lip, teeth, and jaw can be addressed either through modifications to the nose or lip or chin.