Questions about Nose Surgery
Glendale, Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Surprise, & Peoria, AZ
What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, also called nose surgery, is a procedure performed to improve the shape and/or function of your nose. Common aesthetic issues which can be addressed by nose surgery include:
- Reshaping the width of the nose
- Altering the tip of the nose
- Altering the bridge of the nose
- Changing the size of the nostrils
Nose surgery can also be performed to improve issues associated with the function of your nose. Conditions such as a deviated septum can be corrected by nose surgery, making breathing much easier.
Am I a candidate for nose surgery?
Ideal candidates for nose surgery are in good overall health and have reasonable expectations for the outcome of their procedure. In addition, it is best to wait until your nose has reached full maturity. This commonly occurs at around age 15 for girls, and slightly later for boys. The best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for nose surgery is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Angelchik.
Will nose surgery hurt?
No, your nose surgery will not be painful. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, so you will not feel anything during surgery. You may experience some mild soreness or discomfort for about a week following your nose surgery. Phoenix plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Angelchik can prescribe medication to alleviate any discomfort during your recovery.
What is the difference between open and closed rhinoplasty?
Your nose surgery can be performed in two ways:
- Open rhinoplasty includes an external incision on the columella (the skin separating the nostrils). This technique provides the best visualization of the nose during the procedure and generally leads to more precise results, particularly when extensive alterations to the tip of the nose are required.
- Closed rhinoplasty only utilizes incisions made on the inside of your nose. This technique is effective for patients who only require minimal alterations to the tip of the nose.
Dr. Angelchik prefers the open technique with most of his Phoenix nose surgery patients.
Will my nose need to be broken during the procedure?
That will depend on the structure of your nose and your aesthetic goals. In many cases, Dr. Angelchik will not need to break your nose to perform rhinoplasty. At your initial nose surgery consultation, he will discuss this with you in detail.
Please contact us today to schedule your initial nose surgery consultation. Dr. Paul Angelchik serves patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Peoria, Surprise, and Glendale, Arizona.