Facial Surgery

LIMITATIONS OF THE PROCEDURE: The external appearance of the nose can only be reshaped to the extent that underlying bones and cartilage can be remodeled and repositioned. It is not possible to take another person's nose and place it on you. Therefore, photographs or computer images cannot duplicate a surgical procedure. By understanding your concerns and realistically outlining the surgical possibilities, an attempt is made to approach your desires for nasal shape. However, crooked noses tend to drift back despite efforts to realign the bones and cartilages, asymmetries may be improved, but tend to persist after surgery. Small irregularities are common after surgery. The nasal skin, especially in the tip area, will swell following surgery, and, the thicker the nasal skin, the longer the persistence of the swelling. Swelling generally persists for 6-12 months following surgery and initially may ,mask the total result of the operation. The appearance of the nose tends to change postoperatively for many months with progressive improvement. Secondary procedures may be required in some patients. The surgery is designed to improve nasal aesthetics and facial balance; it will not improve interpersonal relationships.

RHINOPLASTY/ SEPTAL RESECTION

The following is information regarding nasal reconstructive surgery with and without internal septal surgery which is important to review, understand and discuss with family and/or friends before choosing to proceed with this surgery.

GOALS OF NASAL SURGERY: The goal of nasal surgery is to improve nasal symmetry, improve nasal alignment, and create a more ideally proportioned nose and to improve the harmony between nose and other facial structures. When internal septal surgery is performed, the goal is to remove nasal airway obstruction and improve nasal breathing. In any given patient, these goals may be only partially met.