RhinoplastyNasal surgery, also known as a Rhinoplasty, is one of the most common plastic surgeries performed today. It is also one of the best surgeries available that really helps to balance a person’s face. Often, the nose overwhelms other beautiful features like the eyes and lips, in which case a Rhinoplasty allows those features to take front stage, creating a more harmonious appearance. NYC surgeon, Dr. Jennifer Levine, believes that even the smallest of changes in the nasal form can greatly enhance the face. She uses the best and most advanced surgical techniques to sculpt the nose for an attractive and natural look. Also, being a board certified Otolaryngologist, or ENT (ear, nose and throat), surgeon as well as a plastic surgeon, she is the best in fixing the external cosmetic aspects of the nose, while also specializing in preserving and improving the internal anatomy to help breathing.
The ProcedureYour NYC surgeon, Dr. Levine, may use one of two techniques: an open or closed Rhinoplasty approach, when performing the nasal surgery. In an open Rhinoplasty, an inconspicuous incision is made externally, on the narrow tissue between the nostrils, also referred to as the Columella, as well as an incision on the inside. In a closed Rhinoplasty, incisions are made only within the nostrils, having no external scar. With both techniques, the soft tissues that cover the nose are gently elevated, allowing Dr. Levine access to sculpt the bone and cartilage. Depending on the desired result of the nose job, cartilage may be removed or added using additional cartilage taken from the Septum. After Dr. Levine has rearranged and reshaped the bone and cartilage, as needed, the skin and tissues are re-draped over the new frame. A small splint is applied to the outside of the nose to help with swelling and to support the new shape of the nose while it heals. Consult with Dr. Levine about the surgery, and inquire about a non-surgical rhinoplasty in NYC.
Preparing for SurgeryA consultation, either in person or via video conference if you are an out of town patient, will allow Dr. Levine to assess your current nasal appearance as well as determine the proper plan to achieve your goal. We will also gather your medical history, including sinus infections, allergies, bleeding and other pains to ensure you are in good health for the procedure. Two weeks prior to and following the procedure, you will be asked to abstain from aspirin, Advil, Motrin and Aleve. Depending on your medical history, there may be additional instructions to adhere to prior to the procedure.
After the ProcedureAfter nose job surgery, there may be minor pain and discomfort. Most people find the inability to breathe through their nose for several days the most uncomfortable part of the nose job recovery. Within a week or two, the swelling improves, which will make breathing easier. Some bruising and swelling around the eyes for several weeks is expected after a nose job surgery. Once the swelling begins to subside, patients will be able to see the improvements from their surgery. Patients should refrain from any strenuous activity for three weeks and avoid any contact sport for 6 weeks.