Rhinoplasty Q & A

What’s rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to reshape the nose. In the majority of cases it is a cosmetic procedure which may be combined with additional work to also help improve nasal breathing, Intranasal surgery to improve airflow is typically a covered procedure by most insurance companies. In choosing a surgeon to perform rhinoplasty surgery it is important to have one who is an expert in both how the nose looks and how it works. Ideally patients should have a nose that looks good and works well.

Who is a good candidate for rhinoplasty?

Patients who are in good health, have a good psychological state, and who have realistic expectations about what the surgery can do are good candidates for rhinoplasty. It's also best for young people to wait until they're done with their mid-teen growth spurt before considering this particular procedure, because the look of the face can change during this time.

What does rhinoplasty involve?

The extent of surgery depends on the number of changes the patient wants. Sometimes rhinoplasty involves a simple reshaping of the hump or a change of the tip of the bridge. Other times it requires much more extensive surgery. Dr. Astrachan carefully explains the procedure to each patient who comes to his office for rhinoplasty.

Regardless of the extent of the change, the surgery involves separating the skin of the nose from the bone and cartilage in order to reshape the bone and cartilage. Once the desired shape's attained, the skin is re-draped and attached, and the nose is splinted to ensure it retains its shape while healing.

What risks are involved with rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty carries the same risks of any surgery, including the risk of infection and reaction to anesthetic. Patients may also experience swelling and bruising after surgery, but this will typically go away after time. Overall, rhinoplasty is a safe procedure when performed on healthy patients by a qualified doctor.

How can someone prepare for rhinoplasty?

To prepare for rhinoplasty, a patient should meet with Dr. Astrachan to discuss the necessary steps to take and what preparation is necessary prior to surgery. Patients need to arrange some time off work as they heal, and they'll need the help of someone to drive them home after surgery. For more information about preparing for rhinoplasty, contact Ear Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut.

If you're considering rhinoplasty, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut, P.C. is here to help. Our experienced team is dedicated to enhancing both the form and function of your nose, ensuring your satisfaction and well-being. To schedule a consultation or learn more about our rhinoplasty services, please contact our offices at (203) 248-8409 in Hamden, (203) 245-5899 in Madison, or (203) 876-1159 in Milford. We're here to guide you on your journey to improved nasal health and aesthetics.

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