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FAQ About Nose Surgery

What are the Common Reasons to Undergo Nose Surgery?
Nose surgery is a common surgery that many women and men undergo for a variety of reasons. Patients often consider this surgery whenever they are unhappy with the shape, size or angle of their nose. They may also consider having nose surgery if they feel their nose is too small or too large, and not proportionate to their entire face. The surgery is also common in patients with a nasal tip that is too wide, one that droops or one that is elevated. Nose surgery may also be an option for patients who have breathing problems due to irregularities inside of their noses such as a deviated septum.

Will I be Administered Anesthesia?
Nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, is a common surgery that must be completed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. During the surgery, anesthesia is administered to patients so that they sleep through the procedure. Dr. Wise also will numb the nose during the procedure in an efforst to reduce pain post-operatively..

What Incision Approaches are Available?
There are two general incisions that patients may receive when undergoing nose surgery. During an open rhinoplasty, incisions are made on the outside of the nose, as well as underneath it. Open rhinoplasties also make hidden incisions inside of the nostrils in order to hide scars. Endonasal rhinoplasty surgery creates incisions inside of the nostrils and this type of rhinoplasty surgery causes no scars.

Will I have Scars?
Scarring will depend on the type of surgery that a patient undergoes. Patients who choose to have open rhinoplasty surgeries may have small scars on the outside of their nose. These scars can fade overtime and become invisible as the patient’s nose heals. Patients who choose to have endonasal rhinoplasty surgery will not have any scars, because all of the incisions will be made inside of the nose.

How to I Prepare for the Procedure?
Patients who decide to undergo nose surgery will receive detailed instructions by their surgeons to prepare for their procedure. However, commonly, patients should stop smoking at least 2 weeks prior to their surgery in order to help the healing process. They should also avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal medications before their surgery. Lastly, patients should be well hydrated before their surgery.

What Should I Expect on the Day of Surgery?
On the day of a patient’s surgery, a patient will go to an accredited hospital or an outpatient clinic. Most rhinoplasty surgeries take only 2-3 hours to complete and are completed on as an outpatient procedure. Patients will receive medications to keep them calm and comfortable during their procedure, and will receive general or deep sedation anesthesia.

Their surgeon will discuss their surgical plan before they are given anesthesia. Patients may also be hooked up to heart monitors or other machines that monitor their vitals during surgery. Once anesthesia has been administered, the patient will not remember anything until they wake up hours later in the recovery room. After the patient has recovered slightly, the surgeon will examine them and then allow them to go home with a driver.

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