Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery, is a popular cosmetic procedure that can improve the shape and structure of the nose to enhance facial appearance. At Plastic Surgery Clinic of Eau Claire, we specialize in performing rhinoplasty surgeries with precision and expertise. Our team of experienced surgeons is committed to helping our patients achieve their desired goals by reshaping their nasal bridge and addressing any issues of nasal asymmetry. Through careful evaluation and assessment of your individual facial features and nasal structure, we can create an individualized treatment plan to give you the best results possible. Whether you want to correct structural defects or simply wish to refine the appearance of your nose, Plastic Surgery Clinic of Eau Claire will help you look your best.
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Reasons People Choose Rhinoplasty:
treatment plan tailored specifically to each patient’s desired outcome. Common reasons people choose rhinoplasty include correcting structural defects and refining the appearance of the nose. Rhinoplasty can also help with breathing issues caused by blocked nasal passages or a deviated septum. Additionally, undergoing rhinoplasty provides numerous advantages, such as improved confidence and self-esteem. Our team of experienced surgeons is committed to helping our patients achieve their desired goals through a customized treatment plan.
- “My nose is too large for my face”
- “I hate my profile”
- “The tip of my nose is too large”
- “I want the hump on the bridge of my nose removed”
- Disfigurement after injury
- Poor nasal airflow
The procedure is done to reshape the nose on an outpatient basis either in a surgery center or in our office surgical suite. The anesthetic is either general anesthesia (patient is asleep) or a local with sedation. After preparing for surgery and following all of the surgeon’s pre-op recommendations, the operative time is 1-2 hours, and in most cases all incisions are hidden inside the nose.*
Rhinoplasty Before and After Photos
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Types of Rhinoplasty
We have seen a rise across the country in requests for rhinoplasty. Wisconsin is no exception. Nasal surgery in particular has become more popular in recent years because the nose is the dominant facial feature. We often disguise protruding ears with various hairstyles or soften the appearance of our eyes with makeup, but unwanted nasal features can’t be hidden or disguised. In the over 500 rhinoplasty procedures that I have performed, I have employed a conservative approach. This method avoids the dreaded “operated on” or “done” appearance.
Aside from the open and closed techniques, there are two types of rhinoplasty procedures. The first is a reconstruction of the nose that has been disfigured by injury or has become damaged by a disease, such as skin cancer. I like to categorize this type of procedure as a functional rhinoplasty. The second type is purely a cosmetic rhinoplasty procedure, or aesthetic rhinoplasty, and is not covered by insurance.
The procedure is performed to relieve such symptoms as the inability to breathe through one or both nostrils and the associated complaints of excessive mouth breathing or headaches.
The disfigurement of the nose is most commonly caused by some traumatic event such as a sports injury. This can result in a displacement of the partition inside the nose that separates one nostril from the other (nasal septum). The external framework can also be affected, causing the condition to be commonly called a twisted nose. Functional rhinoplasty is often covered by insurance.
If a functional rhinoplasty is to be performed, the surgeon will conduct a pre-operative evaluation and detailed history of any injury and will examine the base of the nose to determine the degree of nasal airflow impairment. The provider will also examine the internal nasal partition (nasal septum) for any signs of displacement, as well as the external framework to determine any displacement of the nasal bones, which can often happen after a nasal fracture.
The ultimate goal of cosmetic rhinoplasty is to produce a better appearance of the nose. In this case, I feel the most important aspect of the initial consultation is to determine whether the results of the procedure can realistically meet the patient’s expectations. Difficulties can arise when a patient states, “I want my nose to look exactly like this,” and presents me with a picture of a celebrity. This type of result is often not realistic because other facial features contribute to the nasal appearance, and the nasal framework may not allow a specific result. However, certain characteristics of someone else’s nose may be incorporated into each individualized rhinoplasty. When considering rhinoplasty or liquid rhinoplasty, Wisconsin patients should be aware that there are limitations.*
Preparing for Rhinoplasty Surgery
Preparing for rhinoplasty surgery requires patience and attention to detail. It is important to be honest and forthcoming when discussing your medical conditions with your surgeon, as this will help them develop the best surgical plan for you. You should also bring in any rhinoplasty before-and-after photos that you would like your surgeon to use as a reference. During your rhinoplasty consultation, make sure to discuss any concerns you have with Dr. Ewings and ask questions so that you know what to expect during and after the procedure. Finally, make sure that you follow all of your surgeon’s pre-operative instructions carefully to ensure a successful outcome.
The Surgery Process
During surgery, I will use various surgical techniques to reshape and refine your nose, including making changes to the shape and size of the nasal septal cartilages. To ensure patient comfort during the procedure, I usually administer intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
Once I have administered the anesthesia and you are asleep, I begin to make incisions inside the nostrils or across the base of your nose. Depending on what needs to be done during surgery, I will then remove any excess soft tissue before making any adjustments to your nasal structures. After completing this step, I will reposition any bones and cartilage as necessary to achieve your desired outcome. Finally, I make all necessary corrections before suturing up any incisions created during surgery.
The actual rhinoplasty typically takes 2 hours or less depending on the details involved with each individual patient’s case. When completed, I may apply a cast over your nose, which must remain in place for 1 week following surgery. Following this period of rest and recovery, you should begin to notice a noticeable difference in both the physical appearance and function of your nose.
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Nose Job Surgery Recovery Time
The nose may be packed for 24-48 hours. Your plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions about pain medication and advise you against strenuous activities. The cast or splint is usually removed in 7-10 days. Bruising and swelling subside progressively over 1-4 weeks. External sutures, if any, are removed in 4-6 days. A semi-final result is evident in 3 months. Most patients are socially acceptable within 7-12 days.*
Eighty percent of the swelling will have subsided within 10 days. Over the next 2 months, the swelling should subside completely. Complications are rare but may arise. The most common complications are infection, asymmetry, scarring, and bleeding.*
After a rhinoplasty procedure, post-surgery care is crucial for proper recovery. Following your plastic surgeon’s instructions can lessen swelling and pain, and ensure proper healing. These instructions may involve avoiding intense activities, taking prescribed medications, and using a cold compress for nose discomfort or swelling. It is also important for regular check-ups with your plastic surgeon for progress monitoring and early issue detection.
Recover Quickly after Rhinoplasty with These Tips:
- Adhere to all pre and post operative instructions given by Dr. Ewings.
- Take any prescribed medications as directed by your doctor.
- Keep the nose moist with a saline solution or cream twice daily for at least 2 weeks after surgery.
- Avoid touching or manipulating the nasal bones after rhinoplasty for several weeks until healing has occurred.
- Wear sunblock when outdoors to prevent sun exposure that may cause blemishes or discoloration of the nose.
- Apply ice packs on the face in 10-15 minute intervals for up to 24 hours after surgery to reduce swelling and bruising around the eyes and nose area.
- Sleep in an elevated position, such as propping up extra pillows, for a few days following rhinoplasty surgery to prevent excessive swelling of the nasal area due to gravity affecting it while lying down flat in bed.
- Be aware that the skin sensation may be temporarily reduced in some areas of your face, including around the tip of your nose, immediately following rhinoplasty surgery and will gradually return within several weeks or months afterward depending on individual recovery rate from patient to patient.*
- Be patient! Healing takes time, and it is important to allow your body the necessary rest to achieve a successful outcome.*
Why Choose Dr. Ember Ewings
For over a decade, Dr. Ember Ewings has taken pride in delivering excellence in plastic surgical care. She earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and completed her surgical residency training in plastic surgery at Saint Louis University. Additionally, she gained extensive experience in pediatric and craniofacial surgery during her fellowship at the University of Tennessee – Memphis, and Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades in Paris, France. Dr. Ewings is also Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Ewings has enjoyed caring for patients of all ages from across the upper Midwest, and performs both cosmetic surgical, non-surgical, and reconstructive procedures, and is delighted to be able to provide outreach services in Durand, Wisconsin.
She owns and operates the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Eau Claire in Eau Claire. Prospective patients can reach Dr. Ewings through her online Consult Form, or at her practice, Plastic Surgery Clinic of Eau Claire – 715.833.2116 or 800.456.8222.
Frequently Asked Questions About Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty surgery carries risks and potential complications such as infection, scarring, nasal asymmetry, or difficulty breathing. It is important to discuss any potential risks and complications with your surgeon prior to undergoing the procedure.
The cost of rhinoplasty surgery varies depending on the complexity of the procedure and will be discussed with you during your initial consultation.
No, it typically takes several weeks for the swelling and bruising to subside and for you to be able to see the results of your rhinoplasty surgery.
If you live near Eau Claire, WI, Plastic Surgery Clinic of Eau Claire offers rhinoplasty among its services, and is conveniently located at 3221 Stein Blvd #2 Eau Claire, WI 54701
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