Rhinoplasty nasal surgery

Why would I want to have surgery on my NOSE?
Nasal surgery, which includes both rhinoplasty and septoplasty, is one of the most common procedures done by a plastic surgeon. It may be done to improve a patient’s ability to breathe, to change the size and shape of the nose, or both. It is also done to repair nasal injuries, usually fractures, resulting from sports activities or auto accidents. Dr. Sanders will take photographs of your nose at the initial consultation and uses a computer to generate pictures of proposed changes which you may view, see this.

Why would I want to have surgery on my NOSE?
Nasal surgery—which includes both rhinoplasty and septoplasty—is one of the most common procedures done by a plastic surgeon. It may be done to improve a patient’s ability to breathe, to change the size and shape of the nose, or both. It is also done to repair nasal injuries, usually fractures, resulting from sports activities or auto accidents. Dr. Sanders will take photographs of your nose at the initial consultation and uses a computer to generate pictures of proposed changes which you may view at a second office visit. We strive for a very natural look.

What is the difference between RHINOPLASTY AND SEPTOPLASTY?
In the simplest of terms a rhinoplasty is cosmetic in nature and only changes the appearance of the nose while a septoplasty corrects the internal structure of the nose (and thereby correcting breathing problems).

Will insurance pay for SURGERY ON THE NOSE?
It may, if your surgery is needed for medical reasons. Dr. Sanders will send your medical information to your insurance company for their determination.

If your surgery is being done to improve the look of your nose it would be considered cosmetic in nature and would not be covered by insurance.

What will I experience in the days following NASAL SURGERY?
Bruising and swelling are to be expected but packing is not used. Medication will control the minimal pain and discomfort that patients usually experience. Patients wear a small splint on their nose for one week. The moderate swelling and bruising which remains after its removal is usually easily concealed. Plan on not driving for 1 week and restricted activities for 2 weeks. You may return to work in 1 week.

What is this new technique called “OPEN RHINOPLASTY”?
If a significant change in the nasal tip is required or if the patient has had nasal surgery before, a new technique called an “open rhinoplasty” is used that involves a small incision beneath the nose which almost always heals with a non-detectable scar. This allows for a higher degree of surgical precision and predictability.

What kind of anesthesia is used during NASAL SURGERY?
The procedure takes between one hour and two hours and is done under I.V. sedation or light, general anesthesia.

Will insurance pay for SURGERY ON THE NOSE?
It may, if your surgery is needed for medical reasons. Dr. Sanders will send your medical information to your insurance company for their determination.

If your surgery is being done to improve the look of your nose it would be considered cosmetic in nature and would not be covered by insurance.

What will I experience in the days following NASAL SURGERY?
Bruising and swelling are to be expected but packing is not used. Medication will control the minimal pain and discomfort that patients usually experience. Patients wear a small splint on their nose for one week. The moderate swelling and bruising which remains after its removal is usually easily concealed. Plan on not driving for 1 week and restricted activities for 2 weeks. You may return to work in 1 week.

What is the difference between RHINOPLASTY AND SEPTOPLASTY?
In the simplest of terms a rhinoplasty is cosmetic in nature and only changes the appearance of the nose while a septoplasty corrects the internal structure of the nose (and thereby correcting breathing problems).

What is this new technique called “OPEN RHINOPLASTY”?
If a significant change in the nasal tip is required or if the patient has had nasal surgery before, a new technique called an “open rhinoplasty” is used that involves a small incision beneath the nose which almost always heals with a non-detectable scar. This allows for a higher degree of surgical precision and predictability.

What kind of anesthesia is used during NASAL SURGERY?
The procedure takes between one hour and two hours and is done under I.V. sedation or light, general anesthesia.

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