Rhinoplasty(Nose)Surgery-By Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon Dr. Rizzo
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to reshape the nose and is one of the most common of all plastic surgery procedures. Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip.
Dr. Rizzo has taught hundreds of American and international Plastic Surgeons over the years through his articles and lectures. His lectures have given valuable insight into the safest, most reliable methods to achieve consistent and beautiful results in Nose Surgery. Dr. Rizzo invented a unique nasal implant (the Rizzo Dorsal Implant- design patent # DES.366.526) that is utilized by surgeons worldwide who want to attain the same outstanding results for rhinoplasty surgery, including a more natural feel and appearance of the nose combined with lower risks for the patient.
The best candidates for rhinoplasty
The best candidates for rhinoplasty are people who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. If you're physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.
Rhinoplasty usually takes an hour or two, though complicated procedures may take longer depending on the patient. During surgery the skin of the nose is separated from its supporting framework of bone and cartilage, which is then sculpted to the desired shape. The nature of the sculpting will depend on your problem and your surgeon's preferred technique. Finally, the skin is re-draped over the new framework.
Many plastic surgeons perform rhinoplasty from within the nose, making their incision inside the nostrils. Others prefer an "open" procedure, especially in more complicated cases; they make a small incision across the columella, the vertical strip of tissue separating the nostrils.
After your surgery
After surgery-particularly during the first twenty-four hours-your face will feel puffy, your nose may ache, and you may have a dull headache. You can control any discomfort with the pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. Plan on staying in bed with your head elevated (except for going to the bathroom), for the first day.
You'll notice that the swelling and bruising around your eyes will increase at first, reaching a peak after two or three days. Applying cold compresses will reduce this swelling and make you feel a bit better. In any case, you'll feel a lot better than you look. Most of the swelling and bruising should disappear within two weeks or so. (Some subtle swelling-unnoticeable to anyone but you and your surgeon-will remain for several months.)
Getting back to normal
Most rhinoplasty patients are up and about within two days, and able to return to school or sedentary work a week or so following surgery. It will be several weeks, however, before you're entirely up to speed.
Your surgeon will give you more specific guidelines for gradually resuming your normal activities. They're likely to include these suggestions: Avoid strenuous activity (jogging, swimming, bending, sexual relations-any activity that increases your blood pressure) for two to three weeks. Avoid hitting or rubbing your nose, or getting it sunburned, for eight weeks. Be gentle when washing your face and hair or using cosmetics.
Marco Rizzo, M.D.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgery Honolulu Hawaii
Queens Medical Center POB2
1329 Lusitana St. #401
Honolulu HI 96813
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