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Rhinoplasty - Frequently Asked Questions

Question - What is a septorhinoplasty?

A septorhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to improve one’s ability to breathe through the nose while simultaneously addressing any aesthetic concerns or improvements that may be warranted. The overall goal of any cosmetic nasal surgery is to improve the nose aesthetically, making it more harmonious with the rest of your facial features.

From a breathing perspective, surgery can range from a simple septoplasty (straightening the deviated cartilage and bone between the two nasal passages) to a complete nasal reconstruction involving advanced techniques and grafts.

From a cosmetic perspective, the goal of surgery is to provide a straight nasal bridge and a defined nasal tip and nostrils that fit harmoniously with the surrounding facial features. Achievement of this often involves several advanced practices and methods, and the use of specifically placed cartilage grafts.

Given the complexity of rhinoplasty, it should only be performed by a highly trained facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Christian Paquet.

Question - Who is the best candidate for a rhinoplasty?

The best candidate for a rhinoplasty is someone who is in good physical and emotional health and has realistic expectations and goals for surgery. Rhinoplasty can be performed in patients as young as 15-16 years old.

Question - What should I expect with regards to recovery?

All patients are functional very soon after surgery and are ready for social undertakings within approximately 10 days. Patients will have tape and a splint on the bridge of their nose and a few sutures (if surgery is done open) for 1 week after surgery. There is no packing inside of the nose! Everything is removed after 1 week, at which point, other than some continued swelling and mild bruising, patients can typically resume social endeavors. Light activity (walking, low-resistance bike/elliptical) is encouraged after 1 week, and full activity and exercise may be resumed after 3 weeks.

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Revision Rhinoplasty - Frequently Asked Questions

Question - What is a revision rhinoplasty?

A revision rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to repair complications from a prior nasal surgery, whether they be cosmetic or functional. It is a surgical procedure designed to improve one’s ability to breathe through the nose while simultaneously addressing any aesthetic concerns or improvements that may be warranted. The overall goal of any cosmetic nasal surgery is to improve the nose both functionally and aesthetically, making it more harmonious with the rest of your facial features.

From a breathing perspective, surgery can range from a simple septoplasty (straightening the deviated cartilage and bone between the two nasal passages) to a complete nasal reconstruction involving advanced techniques and grafts.

From a cosmetic perspective, the goal of surgery is to provide a straight nasal bridge and a defined nasal tip and nostrils that fit harmoniously with the surrounding facial features. This often involves several advanced practices and methods, and the use of specifically placed cartilage grafts. In a moderate percentage of revision rhinoplasty cases, cartilage must be taken from behind the ear or from the chest wall (rib) in order to provide adequate grafting material to achieve a desired result.

Given the complexity of revision rhinoplasty, it should only be performed by a highly trained facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Christian Paquet.

Question - Who is the best candidate for a revision rhinoplasty?

The best candidate for a revision rhinoplasty is someone who is in good physical and emotional health and has realistic expectations and goals for surgery. Patients are typically unhappy with their functional or cosmetic outcomes from a prior nasal surgery and desire correction. Given the complexity and difficulty of revision rhinoplasty, realistic goals must be set prior to undergoing surgery and will be discussed in the office with Dr. Paquet during your consultation.

Question - How long do I need to wait after my last rhinoplasty for a revision?

It is generally recommended that patients wait at least one year after their last operation prior to undergoing a revision surgery. This is due to continued wound healing and contraction that would otherwise further complicate revision surgery.

Question - What should I expect with regards to recovery?

All patients are functional very soon after surgery and are ready for social undertakings within approximately 10 days. Patients will have tape and a splint on the bridge of their nose and a few sutures for 1 week after surgery. There is no packing inside of the nose! Everything is removed after 1 week, at which point, other than some continued swelling and mild bruising, patients can typically resume social endeavors. Light activity (walking, low-resistance bike/elliptical) is encouraged after 1 week, and full activity and exercise may be resumed after 3 weeks.

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