Nose Surgery

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Chicago

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Rhinoplasty is a very delicate procedure on the nose to correct its appearance and to improve its function of regulating the airflow.

In order to properly evaluate a nasal deformity, it is important to analyze the nose through a systematic approach. We need to look at the measurements of the nose’s own anatomic planes and land marks, and in terms of its relationship to the mid face and in terms of its relationship to the whole face.

I perform a detailed analysis once the pictures are taken and this systematic evaluation gives me the understanding needed to plan the correction of the nose. This is then presented to the patient during a second visit.

The surgery is done under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation as an outpatient procedure. In order to properly carry out a detailed plan, visualization of the anatomic structures is done through a small columellar incision, allowing accurate sculpting of the framework and re-establishing precisely the proper anatomic relationships. Any septal deviation or obstruction is corrected at the same time. Twenty-four hours after the surgery the nasal packs are removed. The sutures are removed at five to seven days. A splint is worn for one week, and then for one month at night.

There is initial improvement that is noted at the time of suture removal, but more subtle enhancements of the nose continue to occur over a year’s time.

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