Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)
- Non-Surgical Nose Reshaping
Am I a good candidate for nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)?
--Do you have very specific aspects concerning the shape of your nose that you would like to change? (bump, overprojection, wide nostrils, wide tip, etc.)
You are not a good candidate for nose reshaping if you:
- Have unrealistic expectations about what you want your nose to look like (for example, “I want my nose to look just like this celebrity’s nose.”)
- Want non-specific changes to your nose (for example, “I want my nose to look prettier.”)
Non-Surgical Nose Reshaping
If you have concerns about making surgical changes to your nose, there are non-surgical ways to make minor changes to the shape of your nose.
Many people have minor changes that they would like to change about their noses - for example, a small bump on the bridge of the nose, slight over-projection, or a slightly crooked tip. In the past, these minor corrections required surgery, but now Dr. Panchal can correct these minor faults with filler. He can insert filler along the nasal bridge, at the tip of the nose, or at the base of the nose between the eyebrows. Applying filler in these locations can change the shape of your nose without any surgery.
If you are interested in non-surgical nose reshaping, please contact our office to schedule a consult with Dr. Panchal. At your consultation, Dr. Panchal will evaluate your nose and your expectations and determine if non-surgical correction is possible.
There are two types of fillers that can be used:
- Radiesse: an FDA-approved filler that lasts for 1- 1½ years
- Artefill: an FDA-approved filler that lasts for 5-10 years.
Dr. Panchal will inject a small amount of local anesthetic and then inject the filler. There will be some swelling afterwards, but with no downtime, no general anesthesia, no hospital, and virtually no bleeding you can change the shape of your nose.
Planning Your Surgery
If you are interested in surgical nose reshaping, please contact our office to schedule a consult with Dr. Panchal. At your consultation, Dr. Panchal will evaluate your nose and your expectations and determine if surgical correction is right for you. He will ask you what you dislike specifically about your nose, whether you have difficulty breathing, and if you’ve had a previous injury to your nose.
Furthermore, Genesis Plastic Surgery uses 3D Crisalix OCULUS virtual technology to help you decide if nose reshaping surgery is right for you. Using virtual reality glasses, you will be able to “see” how a narrower nose or a flatter bridge will change your overall appearance before making your decision. For more information about our 3D Crisalix OCULUS technology, click here.
If you opt for the surgical nose reshaping, the rhinoplasty will be performed in an outpatient surgery center (such as Oklahoma Surgicare in Oklahoma City). If you opt for the non-surgical nose reshaping, this procedure can be done in Dr. Panchal’s Edmond office.
If you opt for the surgical nose reshaping, the procedure will be performed under general anesthesia— meaning you will be asleep during the operation. If you opt for the non-surgical nose reshaping, the procedure will be performed under local anesthesia.
The Surgical Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)
Dr. Panchal will make a small incision on your columella ( an area underneath the tip of the nose and between the nostrils)and then continue with this incision inside your nostrils. This incision allows Dr. Panchal to examine both the cartilage in the tip of your nose and the bridge of your nose.
Next, he will expose your septum, so that he can take cartilage grafts from the bridge of your nose and smooth your nasal bridge. If necessary, he will realign the nasal bones to make them straight. Using the excess cartilage from the bridge of your nose, Dr. Panchal will define the tip of your nose making it longer or shorter depending on the patient.
The procedure commonly takes 2½ to 3 hours to perform, depending on the extent of the work that needs to be done. After the surgery, a splint is placed over the nose to hold the nasal bones in the correct alignment. Dr. Panchal will not pack your nose with gauze or cotton because it makes it difficult to breathe. The splint will be removed after 7 to 10 days.
What are the risks associated with nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)?
In some cases, there can be small bumps or irregularity on the bridge of the nose, but in most cases these bumps resolve themselves soon after surgery. As a result of the swelling the nose may deviate to one side temporarily, making it difficult to breathe through the nose. However, after the swelling subsides your breathing will return to normal and your nose will be symmetrical. Rarely, you may require some revision surgery to correct minor abnormalities.
Returning to Normal Life
The healing process takes many weeks. It is important to be patient and wait 3-6 weeks for the swelling to subside before evaluating your results. Your nose may feel unusually firm or numb for a few weeks to a few months after surgery. The incision under your nose will appear as a thin red line for about 2-3 months. After six months, the incision is barely visible in most cases.
Your New Look
Once the swelling subsides, you will notice the difference in the shape of your nose. With every passing week, you will continue to see changes until 3-6 months after surgery.