A Nose for Change

  • Posted on: Sep 15 2015
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RhinoplastyAfter the eyes, the nose is the defining feature of the face. People tend not to notice it if everything is even and balanced, but they really notice things such as a bulbous tip, a knob on the bridge, or an unsymmetrical shape. And people who have a nose that they aren’t happy with see it looking back at them every morning in the mirror.

Why put up with that? Get that nose you’d like to have with nose surgery from Aesthetic Plastic Surgery of Delaware. Dr. Lonergan customizes your reshaping surgery to complement your features.

Should you have nose surgery?

Really, anyone unhappy with his or her nose is a good candidate for nose surgery, formally known as rhinoplasty. Whether it is congenital or the result of an injury makes no difference. Here are some things to consider.

  • Your nose appears too large compared to your face
  • When viewed in profile, there is a bump on the bridge
  • The tip of your nose droops or is enlarged
  • Your nostrils are overly flared

The surgery

Prior to even deciding on surgery, you will consult with Dr. Lonergan about your potential nose surgery. You should look at our Before-and-After Galleries to find noses that are similar to yours. Also, we’ll use our digital photography and computer simulation tools to show you what your new nose will look like on your face.

The actual surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Lonergan prefers the “closed” method of rhinoplasty, meaning the incisions will be made within the nose. The skin is lifted off of the underlying bone and cartilage, which is then shaped and sculpted. Once this is completed, the skin is redraped and the nose is taped with steristrips and covered with a molded plastic splint to provide support.


Recovery is not fast with nose surgery. You’ll need to lay low for a full week, with your splint in place on your nose. In this time, your bruising should run its course. Over the next six weeks, your swelling should decrease up to 80%, but you must be patient.

If you’re unhappy with your nose call us at 302-656-0214 and set up a consultation with Dr. Lonergan.

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