Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
in Cleveland, Ohio at Neo Aesthetic Institute
For successful rhinoplasty surgery, local patients rely on the technique of Dr. Nicholas Husni of Neo Aesthetic Institute. Dr. Husni and his team are available to discuss options for resolving patients’ breathing difficulties and to explain how rhinoplasty can add greater symmetry to their face and nose.
“My experience was wonderful. Dr. Husni and his staff were wonderful. My husband and I were very impressed on how professional everyone was and yet they made your feel like you were their only patient. My surgery came out better than I ever could’ve imagined. I just wish I would have done it years ago!”
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a form of plastic surgery that can be used to reposition or reshape the nose. The cosmetic procedure can be paired with a second procedure, septoplasty, during which the septum is repaired or repositioned to promote proper airflow through the nose. Septoplasty can be used to alleviate the adverse effects of a deviated septum, such as mouth breathing, sleep apnea, and snoring. Rhinoplasty surgery can also be used to correct congenital defects, nasal traumas, or other factors that make breathing difficult.
During the procedure, Dr. Husni aims to improve the overall symmetry and proportion of the facial features. The nose is malleable in that it has an ample amount of skin and cartilage, which have a significant level of plasticity, both of which allow for a variety of surgical techniques to alter the nose’s appearance. At the Neo Aesthetic Institute, our rhinoplasty surgeon can modify most aspects of the nose, including the width of the nasal bridge, the size and location of the nares/nostrils, or the shape and position of the nasal tip.
Am I a good candidate for Rhinoplasty?
There are many reasons why a patient would choose to undergo rhinoplasty.
- To improve the appearance of the nose
- To repair a deviated septum
- To repair the nose after an injury
- To bring greater symmetry to the face
- To reduce snoring and other effects of sleep apnea
If you suffer from any of these afflictions, Dr. Husni can design a personalized procedure plan to best address your medical and aesthetic concerns.
The ideal candidate is beyond post-pubertal age because it is crucial that the patient’s face be completely developed. If facial features continue to grow, the overall effects of the procedure can be de-emphasized, resulting in the need for a secondary procedure. As with any surgery, it is important that the patient is otherwise healthy. This ensures a faster recovery period with less chance of complications. The same goes for smoking. Patients who smoke are advised to stop well before the surgery, as smoking before or after the operation can affect the overall condition of the nasal cavities and impede the healing process. If you smoke, discuss your long-term procedure plan with Dr. Husni during your initial consultation.
Your Rhinoplasty Consultation
It is imperative that you have realistic expectations for your procedure. Although rhinoplasty can be used to alter the appearance of the nose, thus affecting the overall aesthetic of the face, there are limitations to the procedure. During the initial consultation, you can discuss your personal aesthetic goals with Dr. Husni. He will be able to discuss your unique circumstance and provide alternative options if needed.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Husni, you will discuss your concerns as well as your aesthetic goals. Just as each patient’s nose is entirely unique, so is his or her individual procedure. This is why the initial consultation is paramount to the success of the procedure. During this time, Dr. Husni will ask you a series of questions about the issues you currently have with your nose and any previous medical or cosmetic procedures. He will also ask about allergies and the frequency that you drink alcohol or smoke.
Dr. Husni will then outline the procedure and recovery process. He will also give you an idea of what kind of results may be possible. During this time, Dr. Husni will answer any questions you have about the procedure.
What to Expect During Rhinoplasty
First, Dr. Husni will administer anesthesia to ensure your total comfort throughout the procedure. Rhinoplasty can be performed in one of two ways. The first option is a closed rhinoplasty procedure in which incisions are made inside the nose, hidden from view. If a closed procedure is not possible, Dr. Husni will conduct an open procedure and a small incision will be made across the columella (the tissue that separates the nostrils).
From these incisions, the skin is gently raised, allowing Dr. Husni to reshape the bones and cartilage of the nose. Depending on the current shape of the nose and the desired result, Dr. Husni will either remove bone and cartilage to decrease the size of the nose or add cartilage grafts, from either the septum or the ear, in order to alter the projection of the nose. During this time, Dr. Husni will also address any issues with septum deviation in order to allow for proper airflow.
Finally, the skin and tissue are repositioned, and the incisions are closed and sutured. Splints may be placed inside the nose in order to help it hold its new shape during recovery. Rhinoplasty surgery is almost always an outpatient procedure, so most people will be able to return home the same day.
What will Rhinoplasty recovery be like?
Rhinoplasty patients can expect to have a shorter recovery period than other invasive facial surgeries. The anesthesia might leave some patients feeling drowsy for the first day or two. Typically, the first 48 hours after the operation will be the most painful, during which some patients will want to use prescribed pain medication. After the first two days, most patients will be able to use over-the-counter drugs to manage their pain.
During the first week after the operation, patients will wear a cast or splint and should expect to see significant swelling and bruising. The swelling can leave some patients feeling more congested than usual. However, others who had difficulty breathing prior to the procedure might immediately notice a significant improvement. Lastly, some people have reported experiencing numbness at the tip of the nose. This is normal and will pass after a few weeks of recovery.
Some patients return to work or school during the days after the procedure. However, many patients choose to take the week off. After five to seven days, patients will go back to Dr. Husni to remove any stitches, splints, and tubes placed in the nose during the operation.
By week two or three, approximately 70 percent of the swelling will diminish. By the sixth week, swelling will be reduced by 80–85 percent. It is common for patients to experience abnormal sensations in their nose throughout these first six weeks. As the recovery process continues to progress, the skin around the new nose will tighten. Approximately one year after surgery, all signs of swelling and discoloration will have faded, and the patient will be able to see the full results of the surgery.
During the recovery period, patients may feel the urge to be overly cautious about touching and bumping their nose. This over-cautiousness is unnecessary as it is difficult to damage the nose after surgery. However, patients are advised to avoid heavy exercise or instances where their nose may be exposed to heavy contact (i.e. contact sports) for the first couple of weeks.
What are the risks of rhinoplasty?
This procedure is a very common one to have. Although most operations proceed without complications, there are some risks associated with any invasive procedure. With a proper initial diagnosis and a detailed medical history, Dr. Husni can take the steps necessary to enter the operating room with enough foresight to avoid complications. Unfortunately, despite proper preparation, some unforeseen difficulties may arise during and after the procedure, including:
- Negative reactions to the anesthesia
- Excessive bleeding
- Poor healing at the site of incision
- Numbness or pain in the skin
- A perforation (hole) in the nasal septum
- Difficulty breathing
- Dissatisfaction with the end result
- Skin discoloration
However, choosing a board certified plastic surgeon could greatly reduce your risk of complications.
Scarring and Scar Tissue
If Dr. Husni elects to perform open rhinoplasty, scarring will be quite minimal, especially at the distances people typically stand during conversations. This is possible because the incision across the columella is tiny and located under the nose. Most rhinoplasty surgeons now use open rhinoplasty because it gives greater access to the nasal cavity and cartilage of the tip, and because most patients do not return for a second operation to remove scarring tissue, which used to be a concern for rhinoplasty surgeons. During a closed rhinoplasty surgery, any scarring will be hidden inside of the nose.
Schedule Your Consultation
Dr. Husni is available to meet with prospective patients to discuss rhinoplasty surgery. Dr. Husni’s patients have praised his work, claiming him to be both “professional” and capable of making them “feel like [they] were the only patient.” Past patients have noted how he maintains excellent service before, during, and after the procedure, and they have also complimented his inviting office environment and caring, professional staff. Learn more about Dr. Husni or read other testimonials.
Patients can learn more about the services offered at Neo Aesthetic Institute, conveniently located in the Cleveland, OH metro area. Schedule your consultation by filling out the consultation form.