Getting the Nose You Want

Rhinoplasty ModelIf you’re over 45 you probably know of Jimmy Durante or Karl Malden. Both were actors who were as famous for their large noses as for their acting. You could say both of them made the most of what most of us would think is the worst!

Unfortunately, most of us can’t become famous for a nose we hate. Maybe it’s too big, too long, too curved, features overly large nostrils, has a bump on the crown, or has other issues. And we see it every morning in the mirror.

But you don’t have to live with a nose you don’t like. Dr. Lonergan or Dr. deLeeuw can change your nose with rhinoplasty.

Changing your nose

Rhinoplasty, commonly known as nose surgery, removes, rearranges, or reshapes the bone or cartilage of the nose to correct deformities. As one of the main focal points of the face, the nose has a big impact on how people see themselves. Last year, half a million people opted to have rhinoplasty to change their nose. That’s a lot of people who decided to get a nose they like.

Deciding on your new nose

During your consultation with Dr. Lonergan or Dr. deLeeuw, you will discuss how you want to change your nose. We use digital photos and computer imaging to allow you to see what those changes will look like. The extent of the changes you seek will dictate the appropriate surgical method we use.

The surgery

We use general anesthesia for rhinoplasty, and employ the “open” approach in cases where larger changes are required. This is the method where the incisions are created across the tissue between the patient’s nostrils. If the goal is to reduce the nose size or shape or to straighten it, the skin covering the underlying bone and cartilage will be separated, allowing the cartilage and bone to be reshaped. Once this has been done, the skin is then re-draped over the surface. Flared nostrils can be narrowed by creating an incision at the junction between the nose and the skin of the upper lip. The “closed” method, where all incisions are made inside the nose itself, is used whenever possible.

After rhinoplasty

After surgery, a lightweight splint is used to maintain the shape of the nose. This splint is removed within a week following surgery. During surgery, nasal splints may be inserted to protect the septum. These splints are also removed within a week. Stuffiness is expected after surgery, especially when changes have been made to the septum. Recovery usually takes one to two weeks, but some residual swelling can continue for a few weeks.

Unhappy with your nose? Let’s see how we can change it for you. Call us at 302-656-0214 to schedule a consultation.


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