Plastic Surgeon & Medical Spa Serving Norman, Edmond, Oklahoma City & Nearby Central Oklahoma
Reshaping the nose through nose surgery aka 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 and Norman, Oklahoma.
Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
You may be a good candidate for nose surgery if you have very specific aspects of your nose that you would like changed.
Rhinoplasty can address several imperfections including:
- A hump or bump on the bridge of the nose
- Wide nostrils
- A broad and wide tip
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose, the best way to determine if you are a good candidate is through a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Panchal. During this meeting, Dr. Panchal can assess your problem areas, listen to your concerns and help you determine if the procedure is right for you.
Nonsurgical 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 too little or too much. In the past, these minor corrections have 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:
- Juvederm, an FDA-approved filler that lasts for one year to a year and a half
- Bellafill, an FDA-approved filler that lasts between 5-10 years
This technique requires little to no downtime, no anesthesia, and no hospitalization. While some swelling may occur, this nonsurgical approach to nose reshaping will not produce bleeding or come with risks of infection.
Nose Surgery (rhinoplasty)
The most common approach to surgical nose reshaping 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 two-and-a-half to three 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 seven to ten days.
All of Dr. Panchal’s rhinoplasty surgeries are performed under general anesthesia at an outpatient surgery center in Oklahoma City or Edmond. During your initial consultation and the time leading up to your surgery, we can answer any questions you may have about planning and recovery from rhinoplasty.
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 previous injury. He will also take note of your ethnic origin, and determine what aspects of your nose could benefit from correction.
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.
Following rhinoplasty, there may be swelling over the nose for seven to ten days. There may be also some bruising around the eyes. This will disappear in about two weeks. Some swelling may persist for up to three months, and you may not know how your nose actually looks until the end of time.
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.
Sometimes there is an irregularity of the bridge of the nose. Most of these bumps settle very quickly. In rare cases, the nose may deviate as the swelling on the inside of your nose settles. Rarely, you may require some revision rhinoplasty to correct minor abnormalities. You reduce your risk for complications by closely following Dr. Panchal’s pre and postoperative advice.
Financing Your Rhinoplasty Procedure
We accept cash and most major credit cards for rhinoplasty procedures. If you are interested in financing your surgery, we also accept:
These healthcare financing companies offer competitive rates and promotional plans, some starting at 0% APR, and can be applied for at the links above. We can provide you with additional information about these services during your initial consultation if financing rhinoplasty is an attractive option for you.
How Does Dr. Panchal Differ from Other Nose Surgeons?
A board-certified plastic surgeon with over two decades of experience, Dr. Panchal is a skilled and dedicated rhinoplasty surgeon who takes time to personalize results for optimal impact. Former Chief of Plastic Surgery at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Panchal has not only performed hundreds of rhinoplasties for cosmetic reasons but has done a much larger number on 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 has received several awards and distinctions including a Super Doctor listing and “Top Five Cosmetic Surgeons in Oklahoma. Genesis Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa has also been selected as the “Best Place to Get Cosmetic Surgery in Oklahoma City” in the Oklahoma Gazette Best of OKC.
Dr. Panchal has attended multiple courses to hear the world’s best surgeons and keep up with the latest and the best techniques in his field. He has also incorporated unique software into his practice that allows him to modify nose shape prior to the surgery so that you can have a better idea of your final results. All these methods significantly reduce the need for any revisional surgery.
Is Rhinoplasty Painful?
Rhinoplasty is performed under anesthesia. There should not be any discomfort during your procedure. Depending on the extent of reshaping needed, there may be some tenderness in the first few days of recovery. This will pass with time. We will discuss pain management during your time in our care to help ensure your continued comfort.
Some sinus congestion and pressure may be present during the recovery phase as well. This can result in both ocular and general headaches. As with overall soreness, this should self-correct as time passes.
It is safe to use an over-the-counter nasal decongestant spray to help improve comfort following rhinoplasty. We will provide instructions and, when appropriate, prescription medications to help with any discomfort.
Can I Combine a Rhinoplasty With Other Procedures?
Yes, rhinoplasty can be combined with other facial procedures to help improve overall outcomes or to address multiple concerns during a single surgery. Popular combinations include blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), facelift, forehead lift, and neck contouring.
During your initial consultation, we will listen to your concerns and help you determine if combining procedures will be ideal for your needs.
When Can I Expect My Results?
Results from rhinoplasty may take up to one year to be fully realized. Recovery is different for every patient. During your time in our care, we will discuss when you can expect to see results based on factors unique to you that may play a role in your body’s healing response.
Will I Ever Need a Rhinoplasty Again in the Future?
Rhinoplasty permanently reshapes the nose. Barring unsatisfactory results, you should not need to have a revision procedure. Revision rhinoplasty can, however, be used when aesthetic and functional issues were not properly corrected during the initial procedure.
Our award-winning plastic surgeon has decades of experience performing revision procedures to correct poor results obtained through other practices. Use the contact form on this page or call us today to learn more.
How Can I Maintain the Results of My Rhinoplasty?
Results from rhinoplasty are as permanent as the current shape of your nose. Barring trauma or disfigurement, your results should remain exactly the same for life. Of course, proper skin care is essential for healthy-looking facial skin, including the nose, making it a good idea to have a solid daily routine complete with cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and sun protection. We offer professional products from DefenAge® and will be happy to help you select the most effective skincare options for your needs during your next visit.