Rhinoplasty

A Rhinoplasty procedure is designed to enhance an individual’s facial harmony and/or correct impaired breathing due to structural defects within the nose. Dr. John Michael Thomassen is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who frequently performs Rhinoplasty procedures at his surgical suite in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Thomassen customizes the Rhinoplasty procedures he performs so as to address the specific needs of each patient being served.

A Rhinoplasty can address:

  • Wide, large or upturned nostrils.
  • A nasal tip that droops, resembles a hook, turns up, is bulbous or enlarged.
  • The nose width (nostril size and position or at the bridge).
  • The size of the nose (in relation to facial harmony).
  • Depressions or humps on the bridge of the nose.
  • Nasal irregularities.
  • A deviated septum.

Individuals who are good candidates for Rhinoplasty in Fort Lauderdale

Individuals who:

  • Are physically healthy.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Are fully mature (finished growing).
  • Have realistic goals, and a positive outlook as to what a rhinoplasty procedure can accomplish for them.

About Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

Rhinoplasty or nose surgery, sometimes referred to as “nose reshaping” or a “nose job,” improves the appearance and proportion of your nose, enhancing facial harmony and self confidence. Surgery of the nose may also correct impaired breathing caused by structural abnormalities in the nose.

Enhancing your appearance with Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

While the shape of your nose is usually the result of heredity, the appearance may have been altered in an injury or during prior surgery.

What Can A Rhinoplasty accomplish?

Rhinoplasty surgery can change:

  • Nose size, in relation to the other facial structures
  • Nose width, at the bridge
  • Nose profile, with visible humps or depressions on the bridge
  • Nasal tip, that is large or bulbous, drooping, or too upturned
  • Nostrils that are large, wide or upturned
  • Nasal asymmetry and deviation

Is Rhinoplasty right for me?

Nose cosmetic surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

A Rhinoplasty procedure is a good option for you if:

  • Your facial growth is complete and you are 13 years of age or older
  • You are physically healthy
  • You do not smoke
  • You have specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance

The Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) Procedure

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during rhinoplasty surgery. The choices include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 – The incision

Surgery of the nose is performed either using a closed procedure, where incisions are hidden inside the nose, or an open procedure, where an incision is made across the columella, the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils.

Through these incisions, the soft tissues that cover the nose are gently raised, allowing access to reshape the structure of the nose.

Step 3 – Reshaping the nose structure

Surgery of the nose can reduce or augment nasal structures with the use of cartilage grafted from other areas of your body.
Most commonly, pieces of cartilage from the septum, the partition in the middle of the nose, is used for this purpose.
Occasionally a piece of cartilage from the ear and rarely a section of rib cartilage can be used.

Step 4 – Correcting a deviated septum

If the septum is deviated, it is now straightened and the projections inside the nose are reduced to improve breathing.

Step 5 – Closing the incision

Once the underlying structure of the nose is sculpted to the desired shape, nasal skin and tissue is redraped and incisions are closed. Additional incisions may be placed in the natural creases of the nostrils to alter their size.

Step 6 – See the results

Splints and internal tubes will likely support the nose as it begins to heal for approximately one week.
While initial swelling subsides within a few weeks, it may take up to a year for your new nasal contour to fully refine.

During this time you may notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose as it refines to a more permanent outcome. Swelling may come and go and worsen in the morning during the first year following your nose surgery.
A nose surgery procedure to improve an obstructed airway requires careful evaluation of the nasal structure as it relates to airflow and breathing. Correction of a deviated septum, one of the most common causes of breathing impairment, is achieved by adjusting the nasal structure to produce better alignment.

Recovering from a Rhinoplasty

Directly following a Rhinoplasty, the patient’s nose will be splinted and/or packed with gauze. Patients may also receive bandages or a splint on the outside of the nose to protect and support it as it begins healing. Patients will receive specific instructions related to caring for their nose during the recovery process.

These instructions may include:

Medications to take orally or apply topically to aid in healing and/or reduce the possibility of infection.
How to properly take care of the surgical site.

Specific characteristics to watch for that may indicate concern in relation to the individual’s general health and/or issues with the surgical site.

Information related to a follow-up appointment with Dr. Thomassen.

Rhinoplasty Results

In general, the initial swelling will subside within just a few weeks; however, it can take up to 12 months for the new nasal contour to refine completely. For this reason, patients may notice slight changes in the appearance of their nose while it continues to refine. In addition, swelling (generally worse in the morning) can come and go during the first 12 months following a Rhinoplasty procedure in Fort Lauderdale.

If you want to learn more about the various plastic and reconstructive procedures available in Fort Lauderdale,contact Dr. John Michael Thomassen’s office today. He and his staff are dedicated to providing their patients with the quality care they deserve.