Reshaping the nose through rhinoplasty is a more common procedure than you might think. Both men and women are unhappy about particular aspects of their nose and request some changes to be made to them.
The team at Genesis Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa is experienced and ready to make your rhinoplasty procedure a success. Call 405-340-9949 today to arrange your initial consultation with Dr. Panchal. We have offices in Edmond, Lawton and Norman, Oklahoma.
Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
You are a good candidate for nose surgery if:
- You have very specific aspects of your nose that you would like changed, e.g., a bump on your nose, over-projection, wide nostrils, broad and wide tip
- You have realistic expectations
You are not an ideal candidate for nose re-shaping rhinoplasty surgery if:
- You are very non-specific about the changes you want on your nose, e.g., “Doctor, can you make my nose look pretty?” or “Can I have a nose just like so-and-so?”
- You have very unrealistic and non-ethnic expectations
You are now able to have a non-surgical correction of your nose. Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? Here how it's done:
Non-Surgical Reshaping of Your Nose
Many of us have a minor hump over the nose, feel that the nose is too short, or that it projects just a little too little or too much. In the past, these minor corrections required surgery. You can now have these corrected by having a filler along the nasal bridge, on the tip, or in the area where the nose starts between the eyebrows.
Dr. Panchal will first evaluate you and see whether or not your complaint can be addressed in a nonsurgical manner. If you have a minor hump, it can be made smooth by injecting a facial dermal filler. Similarly, if your nose is too short or projects too much, Dr. Panchal can inject some filler to just the origin of the nose, between the eyebrows to correct projection.
There are two types of fillers that can be used. First is Juvederm, an FDA-approved filler that lasts for one year to a year and a half. The second is called Bellafill, and it lasts between 5-10 years. Dr. Panchal will inject a small amount of local anesthetic and then inject the filler, and "Voila!" - your nose will look perfect immediately.
No downtime, no anesthesia, no hospital, and no bleeding. Just some minimal swelling.
Plan for Your Rhinoplasty Surgery
During your initial consultation, Dr. Panchal will ask you specifically what you dislike about your nose and if you have any difficulty in breathing or a history of previous injury. He will also take note of your ethnic origin, and determine what aspects of your nose could benefit from correction.
It is very difficult for your surgeon, and for you, to know what you are seeking as a perfect nose for yourself. To overcome this problem, Genesis Plastic Surgery has added special software that allows us to take your photograph and digitally simulate changes to various aspects of your nose. As Dr. Panchal makes the corrections on the computer monitor, you will have an idea of how each aspect of the procedure will change the final appearance of your nose. You will then be able to compare your current shape of the nose with the new nose and that will help both you and Dr. Panchal set realistic expectations.
Planning is extremely important for this surgery. This is where artistry and precision combined with experience count a lot. So choose your surgeon wisely.
Where Your Surgery Will Be Performed
The rhinoplasty procedure will be performed in an outpatient surgery center in Oklahoma City or Edmond.
The procedure will be performed under general anesthesia so you will not feel anything during the procedure.
The Rhinoplasty Surgery
The most common approach is to make a small incision on your columella and then continue with this incision inside your nostrils. This incision allows Dr. Panchal to examine the tip and the bridge of your nose. He often exposes the septum in order to take some cartilage grafts and then smooth out your nasal bridge.
In some cases, all this is combined with work on the nasal bones to realign them, and finally, work on your nasal tip to further refine it. Most commonly, the tip cartilage needs to be reshaped and then the tip can be made longer or shorter based on your nasal and facial profile. Some African-American noses, for example, need to have their nostrils narrowed to reduce their flare.
The procedure commonly takes 2.5 to 3 hours to perform depending on the complexity of work to be done during the surgery. After the surgery, a splint is placed over the nose to hold the nasal bones in proper alignment. Dr. Panchal does not pack the nose, as it is very uncomfortable for the patient to breathe through it. The splint stays on for 7-10 days.
How Does Dr. Panchal Differ from Other Nose Surgeons?
Rhinoplasty is a not only a very technically skilled procedure, it requires artistry and ability to bring about a change in the shape of the nose, as you desire it to be. Dr. Panchal has not only performed hundreds of rhinoplasties for cosmetic reasons but has done much larger number of children and adults who have complex birth defects like cleft lip and head and neck abnormalities. Most of these patients have tissue missing at birth and therefore require a very complex and technologically challenging procedure.
Dr. Panchal also has attended multiple courses to hear the world’s best surgeons and keep up with the latest and the best in this field. Dr. Panchal also has unique software that allows him to modify the shape prior to the surgery so that you can see how nose may look prior to actual surgery being performed on you. All these methods significantly reduce the need for any revisional surgery.
Risk of the Surgery
Following the surgery, there is swelling over the nose that may last for 7-10 days. There may be some bruising around the eyes, too. This will disappear in two weeks. Some swelling may persist for six weeks to three months, and you may not know how your nose actually looks until the end of three months' time. So please be patient.
Sometimes there is some irregularity of the bridge of the nose. Most of these bumps settle very quickly. In rare cases, the nose may deviate to one side and you most certainly some deterioration in your breathing, temporarily, as the swelling on the inside of you nose settles. Rarely, you may require some revision surgery of the nose to correct minor abnormalities.
Getting Back to Normal
Healing progresses slowly and your patience will be essential to the process. There will be some firmness at the site of surgery, and your nose may feel numb for a few months as healing progresses. The incision under your nose will be visible as a red line for around two to three months; in the vast majority of the cases the incision is barely visible after six months.
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 progressive change until three to six months after surgery.