What Is A Rhinoplasty?
Cosmetic surgery of the nose, called Rhinoplasty, is an operation designed to improve the appearance of the nose. The goal should be to change the nose & put it in better balance with your other facial features.
Dr. Sargent offers 30+ years of experience in Plastic Surgery to Chattanooga, TN., and has his own in-office operative suite.
Who Is A Candidate For A Nose Job?
Patients should be healthy, completed facial growth (15 or older) and be realistic about their goals and expectations.
Common problems that can be addressed with Rhinoplasty:
Nose is too large for your face
Nose is too wide
Nostrils are too large or too wide
Visible hump or depression on nasal bridge or profile
Nasal tip is bulbous or too large, drops or hooked
All Procedures Shown were done by Larry A Sargent MD FACS
Most patients after Rhinoplasty have only mild discomfort.
The nasal splint is worn 7-10 days.
Swelling will start to resolve in 7-14 days but take months for all the swelling to resolve.
Most patients return to work or school after the splint is removed.
Strenuous activity and prolonged pressure from glasses are avoided for 4-6 weeks.
Nose Surgery FAQs
What If My Nose Has Been Broken?
Patient’s that have sustained injuries to the nose can result in nasal deformities that would benefit from a Rhinoplasty. Dr. Sargent specializes in post-traumatic nasal deformities.
What If I Have Breathing Problems?
Correction of nasal obstruction can be performed alone or in combination with a Rhinoplasty. This procedure is usually covered by insurance. Whether you are just trying to improve the appearance of your nose or want to improve breathing function, you may be a candidate for surgery of the nose.
What Is Involved In The Operation?
Rhinoplasties can be technically difficult and should be performed by a surgeon with extensive experience that will give you the best chance for an excellent outcome.
Dr. Sargent has over 30 years experience in performing cosmetic and post-traumatic Rhinoplasties. View his before and after examples. He specializes in closed Rhinoplasties that leaves no external scar. The bones and cartilage are resized through incisions inside your nose.
Length Of Operation
1 1/2 TO 2 hours
Intravenous sedation or general anesthesia
Mild to moderate discomfort.
May have oozing from nostrils 24-48 hours.
Limit activities for several days.
May have moderate bruising & swelling that will resolve in 10-14 days.
Splint on nose for 7-10 days.
Packing can be removed in 24-48 hours if no work has been done on septum.
No exercising for 3-4 weeks.
Final results seen in several months.
Dr. Sargent performs almost all Rhinoplasties with no external scars.
Risks / Possible Complications
Serious complications are rare in addition to usual risks of anesthesia. Other potential complications include:
Nasal breathing difficulties
Bumps or irregularities of bone healing or cartilage contour