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A person's nose is often a significant point of concern. As the centermost feature of the face, any minor problem people perceive regarding the look of their nose can negatively affect their feelings about their overall appearance. Dr. Alan Larsen can help to reshape your nose and create a more balanced facial appearance with rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty has always been one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in cosmetic surgery. However, not all nasal surgery is performed for cosmetic reasons. Rhinoplasty can also correct structural abnormalities like a deviated septum or crooked nose, which can lead to breathing problems, chronic stuffiness and post nasal drip. Therefore, the ultimate goal of any rhinoplasty is twofold — to sculpt a natural-looking nose that functions properly.
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Rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) is generally an outpatient procedure that can be performed in a hospital, ambulatory surgery facility or an in-office surgical suite. Dr. Larsen performs surgeries in a fully accredited surgical suite. He performs surgery under general anesthesia, using an anesthesiologist. An overnight stay can be arranged, but most patients choose to go home under the care of a loved one.
To determine your surgical technique, Dr. Larsen will carefully evaluate your overall facial appearance, proportion and structure of your nose, and facial features. Given this information, he will work with you to develop your customized rhinoplasty plan based on your medical history and your personal goals.
Rhinoplasty techniques include open or closed methods, depending on the changes necessary. The open procedure adds a small additional incision across the strip of tissue that separates the nostrils. In a closed procedure, all incisions are hidden within the nose. Dr. Larsen performs almost all of his procedures using the open technique because this technique allows the greatest access as well as the precise control necessary to assure a good outcome.
With any surgery, the incisions are closed with stitches. The internal stitches will dissolve. The external incisions across the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils will need to be taken out 4-5 days after surgery. You will wake up with a splint covering the outside of your nose and most likely with a splint on the inside of your nose. No matter how uncomfortable or unsightly these splints are, you shouldn't remove them under any circumstances without the doctor's permission.
Directly following your surgery, your nose will feel very stuffy, but you will need to remember there is absolutely no nose blowing allowed. Occasionally a patient will have a headache for the first night or two. You will need to keep your head elevated for about 10 days while you sleep. Ice packs or cool compresses will help considerably with your comfort and swelling.
Until the nasal splints are removed, you will be breathing through your mouth, which will likely become quite dry. Sucking on lemon drops and drinking extra fluids will help. These conditions usually diminish within the first week following surgery. Contact lenses or glasses are difficult for the first week or so following surgery.
You can expect to return to a normal routine within about one week, and regular exercise in 3-6 weeks. If you're involved in sports, you will need to protect your nose for a minimum of eight weeks.
The results of rhinoplasty are immediately visible once the splint is removed. Splints usually come off at about 10 days on the outside and 14 days on the inside. Remember that your nose will still be swollen after the splint is removed, and the shape will continue to refine slightly over the next year.
Dr. Larsen's patients often feel more self-confident and happy about their appearance once they see their final results. Even subtle changes to the structure of the nose have provided men and women with life-changing benefits. The results of your surgery are meant to be permanent and can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
Dr. Larsen established Buckhead Plastic Surgery as a boutique practice to offer world-class, personalized service to women and men throughout the Southeast. Dr. Larsen’s compassion and talent are complemented by his elite training with some of the nation's finest plastic surgeons.