Rhinoplasty

The nose is probably the most defining characteristic of an individual’s face. A slight alteration to the nose can greatly transform a person’s overall facial appearance, and even improve breathing.

At the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery of Delaware, we perform rhinoplasty to correct large, crooked, or otherwise disproportionate noses. Dr. Lonergan applies a unique combination of superb surgical skills and latest technique to provide patients with superior aesthetic results. As individual facial structures and aesthetic perceptions are different, each nose reshaping surgery is customized to complement your features.

Is Rhinoplasty Right for Me?

Anyone unhappy with the shape or size of their nose is a candidate for rhinoplasty. In fact, nose shaping surgery is the second most popular form of cosmetic surgery in the United States1. Often, patients seek rhinoplasty surgery due to a previous injury and resulting asymmetry of the nose. Ultimately, only you know if you are uncomfortable with the appearance of your nose, however, several indications that nose surgery may be right for you include:

  • Your nose appears too large compared to your face
  • When viewed in profile, there is a bump on your nasal bridge
  • Your nostrils are excessively flared
  • Drooping or enlarged nasal tip

Finally, the best candidates are males and females at or past their late teens, as this allows the nose to fully develop.

What Rhinoplasty Surgery Involves

Prior to surgery you will schedule a consultation with Dr. Lonergan. As your expectations for the procedure will be discussed, it is best to consult Before & After galleries to develop an idea of possible outcomes based on results from other patients. From here, will use digital photography and computer simulation to create a virtual representation of your ‘new’ nose.

Nose surgery is performed under general anesthesia in our outpatient surgery center. Patients typically do not experience much discomfort with this procedure. It is normal to have some bruising and swelling, which resolves in 1-2 weeks. Incisions are generally made inside the nose, but in some cases may be made under the nasal septum. Skin is lifted to reveal the bone and cartilage structure, which is then shaped and sculpted.

After draping the skin over this new framework, the nose is taped with steristrips (slightly stretchy paper tapes) and covered with a molded plastic splint to maintain its form.

Recovery from Rhinoplasty Surgery

Patients should plan on one full week deviation from normal activities. During this time, you will be wearing a splint on your nose. This splint should not be removed without the instruction of your doctor. Brave patients may return to work immediately following their nose surgery.

The majority of patients will witness an 80% reduction in swelling within the first 6 weeks prior to surgery. This is when the full extent of your results will become most apparent. Often, patients will experience bruising around the nose as the result of their surgery. Bruising generally subsides after 7 days following your procedure.

As every patient is unique, Dr. Lonergan will provide specific instructions for your recovery. Recovery times and procedures will be discussed during your initial consultation.

1American Society of Plastic Surgeons