Should you pursue rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping) by Burke Robinson, MD, FACS

Many of us have that one friend who has undergone rhinoplasty. And let’s face it: rhinoplasty is one of the most transformational procedures one can have, as it modifies someone both physically and emotionally. Whether someone wrestles with how they feel about their side profile, or is eager to mimic a celebrity’s nose, chances are that rhinoplasty has an impact.

In the age of COVID-19 in which everyone is wearing masks, many people are wearing masks (ideal for covering up post-procedure swelling) but few people are going into the office. The result? Now may be the ideal time to pursue rhinoplasty.
Our noses change as we age. While it may appear that our noses are growing, the reality is that most of the nose consists of cartilage with ligaments attached to adjacent structures. So, over time, gravity sets in and causes the ligaments to length and loosen, resulting in the tip progressively drooping giving an elongated appearance.

While non-surgical procedures, such as fillers, can help – they aren’t permanent, and cannot camouflage every nasal irregularity. For clients interested in a permanent solution, there’s rhinoplasty. Here’s what you should know.

  1. No nose is the same but you’ll accomplish the right nose for you with Dr. Burke Robinson
    Whether you feel your nose is too long or too short, too crooked or too straight, Dr. Burke Robinson will assess your nose – along with the rest of your facial structures – at your initial consultation to help you determine the most natural look for your face. Dr. Robinson uses a 3D imager to help illustrate the possible results and addresses your realistic outcomes for surgery. After all, rhinoplasty is a very artistic procedure.
  2. Rhinoplasty isn’t just performed for aesthetic reasons
    This procedure does address cosmetic concerns, but it can correct functional breathing issues as well. While rhinoplasty alters one’s size, tip and slope of the nose, this procedure is also ideal for patients with breathing problems that require alteration of the interior nasal septum.
  3. There are two kinds of rhinoplasty – closed and open
    During a closed procedure, the incisions are made within the nostrils and the cartilage and bone manipulated from the interior. In an open procedure, an incision is made across the vertical strip of tissue (known as the columella) separating the nostrils, allowing for direct access to nasal structures necessary during more complex cases. The exact methods used in surgery differ depending upon the patient and will be discussed during the surgical consultation.
  4. Recovery varies by the patient
    This is a delicate procedure – so expect a week or two recovery time. While a splint is immediately placed on your nose post-procedure, you’ll return to the office for a follow up appointment to check the recovery progress and have dressings removed one week postop. While you can resume normal activities, it’s best to avoid contact sports and wearing glasses for 6 weeks post-surgery.

    Dr. Burke Robinson is a double-board Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. What that means is: you’re in really good hands. Dr. Robinson has spent his entire career perfecting the art of facial plastic surgery. If you’re ready to pursue rhinoplasty, or are simply interested, call us today for your complimentary consultation 770-667-3090.