Having a nose that is too big, crooked, or otherwise out of proportion can throw off your face’s delicate balance, making you feel insecure about your appearance. Rhinoplasty, or cosmetic nasal surgery, can correct problems such as a bridge that is too wide, bumps or depressions, or the effects of an injury. When performed by Randall Yessenow, MD, FACS, rhinoplasty can enhance the shape, size, and overall appearance of your nose, which will help you feel less self-conscious. A rhinoplasty can also help correct a birth defect or help relieve some breathing problems.
Why Patients Trust Dr. Yessenow for Rhinoplasty
Dr. Yessenow is one of the leading plastic surgeons in the area, and one of the few certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. As such, Dr. Yessenow is expertly trained and experienced in performing a wide range of plastic surgery procedures, including complex cases of rhinoplasty. Dr. Yessenow combines his technical skill with a natural artistic ability to produce beautiful and natural-looking results.
Are You a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
You may be an ideal candidate for rhinoplasty if you have any of the following:
- Oversized, crooked or asymmetrical nose
- Nose that is out of proportion with the rest of the facial features
- Nasal tip that is droopy, bulbous, upturned or crooked
- Overly large or uneven nostrils
- Bump on the nasal bridge
- Breathing problems due to structural irregularities
You must also be in good general health and not smoke prior to rhinoplasty. Dr. Yessenow will meet with you personally to discuss your medical health history, as well as your cosmetic needs and goals. You must also understand the risks associated with surgery and have reasonable expectations of what rhinoplasty can accomplish.
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, performed under general anesthesia. It usually takes an hour or two, though complicated procedures may take longer. There are two general approaches to rhinoplasty. During closed rhinoplasty, Dr. Yessenow makes incisions inside the nostrils and then makes corrections to the nasal structures within the nose. Open rhinoplasty involves creating a small incision across the columella, which is the vertical strip of tissue separating the nostrils. While this approach results in a small, visible scar, it gives Dr. Yessenow the most visibility and control during surgery. Complicated cases of rhinoplasty typically require the open technique.
During surgery, Dr. Yessenow separates the skin of the nose from the supporting framework of bone and cartilage, which he then sculpts to the desired shape. Finally, the skin is redraped over the new framework.
Recovering from Rhinoplasty
The initial recovery period for rhinoplasty will take one to two weeks, depending on your personal healing progress. During this time, you will need to avoid most normal activities (e.g., work, school, exercising, bending and lifting heavy objects). You will need to keep your head elevated and rest as much as possible. Swelling, bruising and minor discomfort are temporary side effects that should subside within a few days. The bruising may extend into the eye area, creating the appearance of “black eyes.” This is temporary.
Dr. Yessenow may apply a splint to provide extra support to the healing nasal structures. The splint should stay in place until Dr. Yessenow removes it. He and his staff will meet with you regularly for follow-up appointments and give you additional instructions for your recovery.
To learn more about rhinoplasty, please schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Yessenow today.