Rhinoplasty (Nose-Shaping)

A rhinoplasty procedure from George Papanicolaou, MD, PA can work to:

  • Narrow or widen the width of your nose
  • Reduce the size or length of your nose
  • Correct bumps and other issues at the bridge of your nose
  • Enlarge or reduce nasal passages

Rhinoplasty (Nose-Shaping)

Rhinoplasty Surgery / Nose Shaping

Rhinoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient surgery and the procedure normally takes two to three hours. Most incisions are made on the inside of the nose.

Dr. Papanicolaou, Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon understands that an ideal nose should be in harmony with the rest of the face. He takes particular care to refine and reshape the nose according to patient’s ethnic background, age and skin type. Often chin enhancement will be recommended in conjunction with rhinoplasty, since a chin implant will improve facial balance and projection.

After your Rhinoplasty Surgery

A lightweight splint is applied to maintain the new shape of the nose. The splint is usually removed within a week. Nasal pads may be inserted at the time of surgery to protect the septum. This packing is removed within two to three days. Before and even after the packing is removed, there is frequently some stuffiness of the nose.

Pain connected with the surgery is minimal to moderate and is controlled with oral medication. Bruising around the eyes occurs but begins to fade within a few days. Discoloration usually disappears in two to three weeks. Swelling can be reduced by keeping the head in a slightly elevated position when reclining. Cold compresses may be recommended. Some slight swelling may be present for as long as four months to a year.

Getting back to normal after Rhinoplasty Surgery

Although patients are usually up and around a day or two after the rhinoplasty procedure, strenuous exercises, particularly those which might elevate blood pressure, should be avoided for several weeks.

And when you come to for your nose job, you’ll benefit from the attentive, personalized care offered to every patient. Call today for more information about rhinoplasty or to schedule a consultation to discuss your options.

If you have any questions regarding rhinoplasty, or wish to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. George Papanicolaou, give us a call for your consultation 407-478-3151

For patients who are seeking revision rhinoplasty surgery, we refer these cases to Dr. Edward J. Gross.