The shape of your nose can have a large impact on your overall facial harmony and balance.  Most patients are amazed at the difference this one procedure can have on their overall appearance. For example, if a nose is too small, the face can look flat and broad.  Or, if the nose is too large, the chin may look weak or less attractive, and your other features may become overwhelmed.

Bringing the nose into harmony with other facial features is the ultimate goal of nose surgery.

Candidates give many reasons why they’re interested in rhinoplasty:

  • concerns about their nose being too wide, or too long for their face
  • wanting a bump on the bridge removed
  • wanting a higher or straighter bridge
  • or even feeling that their nostrils are too large or small.

Changing  your nose can make a big improvement in the way you feel about yourself.  Plus, your face is the first thing others see about you, so why not make the best possible impression?

Dr. Rhee believes that the key to a successful and effective cosmetic rhinoplasty is to understand that not every nose will look right or aesthetically pleasing on every face.  Your nose will not be a duplicate of someone else’s nose, and there may be limitations as to what can be accomplished within your existing facial features and bone structure.  Most importantly, Dr. Rhee will provide a one-on-one discussion with you to come up with a customized solution that addresses your specific concerns and goals and is uniquely suited to your facial anatomy.

What can a rhinoplasty correct?

It can:

  • Reduce a visible bump on the bridge of the nose
  • Improve the profile
  • Improve a wide bridge and help narrow the width
  • Correct a bulbous or droopy tip, to make it look more refined
  • Correct a crooked or asymmetric nose
  • And sometimes it can improve breathing problems as well.

What happens during a rhinoplasty?

  • For majority of cases, you will be asleep for it under the watchful eye of our board-certified M.D. anesthesiologist while surgery is being performed.
  • Small incisions will be made to gain access to the nasal structures.  Dr. Rhee will then carry out specific surgical techniques matched to the issues that require correction.
  • But each case is individualized and tailored to your specific needs, whether it’s to reduce a hump, make the tip more elegant or straighten the nose out or augment the nose.

What is an open rhinoplasty?

  • Open rhinoplasty refers to the surgical technique by which the procedure is performed. “Open” means that a small incision is made at the narrowest part of the columella. This is Dr. Rhee’s preferred method, due the ability to visualize the underlying anatomical structures and control the exact positions of the cartilages. This incision typically heals very well and is almost invisible after it is healed.

What can I expect after surgery?

  • Aesthetic nose surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis.
  • Immediately after surgery, you can expect some visible swelling and bruising around the nose and eyes which usually dissipates in 10-14 days.
  • The nose will continue to subtly refine in shape over the next several months following surgery.
  • Although, most swelling will resolve in about 12 weeks, some subtle swelling can persist up to a year.
  • And while Dr. Rhee does not typically pack the nose, you may initially feel congested and have to mouth-breathe, because the swelling can occur inside the nose as well.
  • You may have a small splint over the bridge of your nose, which is typically removed after 5-7 days.

How old must I be to have a rhinoplasty?

  • Dr. Rhee likes to wait to perform cosmetic rhinoplasty any time after the nasal growth is complete, which is around age 15 for girls and 16 for boys. But, an emotionally mature and cooperative patient is also important for a successful outcome.

Can I select a celebrity's nose and expect similar results?

  • While it is a very good way to get an idea of what you want specifically, the nose should be tailored to the rest of your face to optimize your overall facial harmony.  So in other words, an attractive nose by itself may not look as pretty on a face that has a different shape or proportion.   Dr. Rhee wants to be able to get to know what your concerns are and address them as best as she can to get you the best aesthetic result with your anatomy and proportions.

Does Dr. Rhee perform Asian/Ethnic rhinoplasty?

  • Yes, Dr. Rhee performs Asian and/or ethnic rhinoplasty.  The technique of this procedure will vary with each patient due to their individual anatomy while still maintaining their ethnic qualities.
  • This can be performed with a Silicone implant, irradiated cartilage implant, or the patient’s own cartilage, which depending on the amount needed and the circumstance can be obtained from the nasal septum, ear or ribs.
  • It is her preference to use autologous material whenever possible, i.e. the patient’s own cartilage.

What can I expect during my consultation for rhinoplasty?

  • Dr. Rhee will meet with you and take photos of your anatomy and tailor your surgical plan to your exact needs.  Each nose is unique!
  • She is an advocate of having an very open dialogue with her patients to discover what their goals and expectations are, and to deliver natural-looking results.

What is a Liquid Rhinoplasty?

  • Liquid Rhinoplasty is a non-surgical technique using injections of hyaluronic acid gel fillers to re-contour the nose.  It can be helpful for patients who want to try it on first before they commit to actual surgery, or for patients with minor contour irregularities who can otherwise avoid complex open surgery. A Liquid Rhinoplasty can be good way to camouflage surface contour irregularities, and give extra volume to areas of deficiency.  A Liquid rhinoplasty CAN NOT correct underlying structural deformities or replace the dramatic results that a traditional surgical rhinoplasty can

Who is not a candidate for Liquid Rhinoplasty?

  • If you have a prosthetic implant in your nose such as a silicone implant, MedPore implant etc., then you are not a candidate to have the nose injected, due to the risk of infection to the implant.

What if I’m not quite ready to go under the knife, but I’m curious as to what my nose will look like?

  • Dr. Rhee performs Liquid Rhinoplasty using hyaluronic acid (HA) gel fillers for a custom-tailored approach, helping her patient reach their aesthetic goals.
  • This is a good way for patients to “try on a nose” before they commit to a permanent surgery, as fillers are temporary and can also be dissolved upon request.

To make an appointment to discuss whether or not rhinoplasty is the right procedure for you, send us a request by clicking here or call us today at (407) 339-3222

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