Nasal surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, can dramatically improve the appearance of patients who are unhappy with their noses. Many aesthetic issues can be addressed with plastic surgery, including nose “bumps,” wide noses, large noses, or nose tips that are droopy, bulbous, or boxy. Dr. Burke Robinson is double board-certified in facial plastic surgery and ear, nose, and throat surgery, so he is exceptionally qualified to perform rhinoplasty. Because of his extensive training and experience in this surgery, it is not uncommon for other plastic surgeons in the Atlanta area to refer primary, as well revision, rhinoplasties to Dr. Robinson for his care. People in the Atlanta and Alpharetta areas interested in rhinoplasty are invited to contact Dr. Robinson for a consultation.
Some people come to Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery for cosmetic rhinoplasty while others come because they have functional breathing problems; still others come because they are unsatisfied with their previous rhinoplasty performed by another surgeon. The later scenario is corrected with revision rhinoplasty and often includes both functional and aesthetic corrections.
Whether the surgery is desired for functional or cosmetic reasons, your choice of a qualified facial plastic surgeon is of paramount importance. Dr. Robinson is trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as ear, nose, and throat surgery. This extensive education and training provides you with a superior level of expertise and experience.
Candidates for Rhinoplasty
People in good health who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their noses are typically good candidates for rhinoplasty surgery. Some may have trouble breathing due to medical issues such as a deviated septum. It is important for patients to consider that there is no such thing as a perfect nose – the right nose differs from patient to patient and depends entirely on what would look most natural. While improvements can be made to the nose’s size, tip, slope, and nostrils, in many situations a drastic change in the nose is neither surgically possible nor aesthetically desirable. “Rhinoplasty is a very artistic procedure,” Dr. Robinson says. “No two noses are alike, so each surgery has its own nuances. It requires a very adept surgeon.”
At his Atlanta-area offices, Dr. Robinson discusses the rhinoplasty procedure with individual patients, oftentimes with the aid of the video imager, which simulates the results, to address their unique issues and explain what can and cannot be accomplished with surgery. Some patients may benefit from chin augmentation along with rhinoplasty to help balance the face optimally.
Patients can expect a thorough explanation of what are realistic expectations and risks involved in surgery at the consultation. Dr. Robinson will explain how the nasal structures, including bone and cartilage, can be sculpted to reshape the nose and how augmentation of the chin, for example, can enhance the desired results.
There are two types of rhinoplasty: closed and open. In the first type of surgery, Dr. Robinson makes incisions within the nostrils and manipulates the cartilage from the inside. In open rhinoplasty, an incision is made across the vertical strip of tissue separating the nostrils. Many of the nasal structures can be better accessed this way, so it is the ideal approach for more complicated cases.
The exact methods used in performing the surgery differ depending on the patient. For some patients, skin is removed from the nostrils in order to narrow the width of the nose. For others, a hump in the nose may need to be corrected with an open rhinoplasty. Because this is a very individualized procedure, it is advised that all people interested in rhinoplasty consult with an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon to learn more about how their desired results might be surgically achieved. To find out more about rhinoplasty, visit our rhinoplasty frequently asked questions page.
Recovery & Results
“Of all plastic surgeries, a rhinoplasty is perhaps the most emotional of all facial plastic surgery procedure to go through,” according to Dr. Robinson, “because we are not changing something from the aging process, but rather something that has been present their whole life, of which they have been self-conscious.” Dr. Robinson adds, “It is also the most gratifying, because it produces the biggest positive change. The nose is the center of attention – it’s what people notice right away about your face.” Most patients are extremely pleased with their results once the swelling has gone down.
After surgery, a splint is applied to the outside of the patient’s nose. This splint stays on for five to eight days to keep the structure of the nose stable and help it to heal properly. The patient visits one of Dr. Robinson’s Atlanta-area offices, either in Alpharetta or Dunwoody, to have his or her dressings removed. Rhinoplasty Atlanta is a delicate procedure, so it is important to protect the nose for six weeks after surgery by avoiding contact sports and not wearing glasses of any kind.