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How Rhinoplasty is Performed and What To Expect

Article courtesy of Dr. M. Kirk Moore, M.D.
April 17, 2010
Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. It’s usually very simple and can be performed in the doctor’s office as an outpatient surgery. In fact, it only takes one or two hours to complete.

If you’re worried about scars, you don’t need to be. My Rhinoplasty techniques are the most gentle in the industry, so what you’ve seen on television and on the Internet is often more brutal than it has to be! New techniques allow you to experience less bleeding, scarring, bruising, swelling, and pain. Your recovery period should be fast – in fact, all discomfort should be gone within a week or sooner.

Depending on the extent of the corrections made to your nose, you may opt to be asleep during the procedure under a general anesthetic, or you may be awake under a local anesthetic. Either way, you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.

The incisions made during Rhinoplasty are either very small or even made inside the nose. We then “resculpt” your nose to the size and shape that you want. The idea is to achieve symmetry and balance with the other features of your face. Your nose should be a harmonious part of the overall look of your face. It no longer needs to stand out as something that’s too small, too big, crooked, or injured.

Rhinoplasty is a very safe procedure, but you should ask lots of questions to make sure your doctor will use the gentlest technique possible! Be sure to choose a surgeon credentialed by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He or she must specialize in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and be dedicated to performing surgery using the latest techniques.

Rhinoplasty is more than just a surgical procedure to me! I love performing the procedure and watching how it has changed my patients’ lives. If your surgeon is not equally passionate about Rhinoplasty, I suggest you keep looking. If you take the time to choose your doctor carefully, you’ll be thrilled with the results!

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