Rhinoplastywith Dr. Thomassen
What is a Rhinoplasty?
What Does a Rhinoplasty Treat?
- Wide nasal bridge
- A nasal tip that droops, turns up, or is bulbous or enlarged.
- Excess nasal tip width (nostril size and position or at the bridge).
- Excess nasal length (in relation to facial harmony).
- Depressions or humps on the bridge of the nose.
- Asymmetry of the nose or crooked nose
- Nasal obstruction due to deviated septum, hypertrophic turbinates, and weak internal or external nasal valves.
The Benefits of a Rhinoplasty with Dr. Thomassen
Dr. Thomassen will perform a thorough evaluation of your concerns and anatomy, and using digital imaging, plan out the right procedure for you. Dr. Thomassen offers the most current procedures tailored to your goals. We perform this surgery in the privacy of our Office Surgical Center. We also value a quick recovery and long-lasting results. Dr. Thomassen will find the combination of treatments that will reach these goals.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Rhinoplasty?
Good candidates for a rhinoplasty are healthy adult men and women of any age that are concerned about the appearance of their nose. This may be coupled with functional concerns like chronic breathing obstruction so both issues can be treated at one time.
For adolescents, facial growth should be completed before any surgery is performed. This happens in the mid-to-late teens, at age 16 for girls and age 17 for boys.
Preparing for your Rhinoplasty
Days before Surgery
- Avoid strenuous exercise in the days leading up to your surgery. You should be well rested leading up to your surgery date. Also avoid excessive sun exposure.
- Refrain from alcohol the week before surgery.
- Stop using skin irritants on your face 1 week before surgery, including light peels, acne medication, and retinoic acid.
- Pick up your prescriptions with plenty of time before your procedure. Set up a comfortable recovery area at home and plan your meals including a light clear liquid meal for the first night.
- Plan for someone to be with you for 24 hours after surgery.
- You will receive a call from our Operating Room Nurse a few days before your procedure to go over the consent and any preoperative details and instructions to make sure you are ready for surgery.
- You will recieve a call from our Anesthesia Provider the day before surgery to go over your medications and discuss details about your anesthesia.
- Use antibacterial soap when showering the day before surgery.
- Remove any piercings or jewelry you may have before coming in for the procedure.
What to expect the day of surgery
The day of surgery you will arrive at our office at the appointed time. Wear something loose and comfortable that you can easily remove and put back on after the procedure. A button down shirt and loose pajama bottoms are ideal.
You will meet the surgical team, including a preop nurse and anesthesia provider. Dr. Thomassen will answer any final questions you may have regarding the procedure and do some markings.
What Anesthesia is Used for a Rhinoplasty Procedure?
How long does a Rhinoplasty take?
What is the Recovery like for a Rhinoplasty?
You will require 1 week of rest to recover from the procedure. During this week, you will be comfortable at home, taking the prescribed medications as needed. You should rest with your head elevated during this week. Dr. Thomassen will follow up with you periodically to make sure you are comfortable and recovering as expected. You may experience bruising and swelling around the nose that will resolve in 1 week. If you have any questions during your recovery, Dr. Thomassen will be just 1 phone call away.
Dr. Thomassen removes the splints and sutures on the first visit after surgery, approximately 1 week from the surgery. You will see an immediate improvement in the shape and size of your nose. Swelling will still be present and the most dramatic improvements do occur at the 2-3rd week after surgery when most of the swelling has resolved. After this week of recovery, you may return to sedentary activities like desk-work and light exercise. Full exercise is usually not started until 3 weeks after surgery.
You should not plan to undertake any strenuous exercise for at least 4 weeks after surgery. Light walking is fine the first week and you can gradually increase excercise as you feel better.