Overview of Rhinoplasty
It is one of the most popular forms of cosmetic enhancement for patients in the Charlotte, NC area. An expert surgeon in your area specializes in rhinoplasty, teen rhinoplasty, and revision rhinoplasty, employing both traditional and innovative techniques to suit your individual nose.
It is a surgical procedure to alter the form or function of the nose. Because it is one of your most prominent features, your nose can significantly impact how you perceive your face and overall appearance. Candidates for rhinoplasty may include teens, however, the nose must be fully developed. This normally happens between the ages of 14 and 16 for females, and 16 and 18 for males. Prior to surgery, your surgeon will meet with you for a consultation. During this discussion, your surgeon will review the internal and external structure of your nose and go over your goals for the procedure. For many people, the purpose of rhinoplasty is to improve their facial balance. Chin implants can be a successful way to compliment rhinoplasty, so your surgeon may also assess your chin during consultation. Surgery is performed using general anesthesia at the state-of-the-art operative suite The Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery in Charlotte, NC. Recovery typically involves moderate bruising for 7 to 10 days, temporary skin numbness, swelling for a few weeks, and very minor swelling for up to several months.
Most patients who are unhappy with a previous procedure can undergo revision rhinoplasty for improved results. It is advised to wait at least one year after your initial procedure before pursuing revision surgery. This gives the scar tissue time to reduce, which increases the likelihood of a desirable outcome. Typically, revision rhinoplasty is performed through an external approach, which lends visibility to your surgeon. Like with first-time rhinoplasty, the first step is a consultation with your surgeon, during which they will examine your nose’s internal and external structure. You and your surgeon will discuss your former procedures and your goals for this procedure. The surgery is done under general anesthesia. Often times, cartilage grafting is needed to rebuild the tip of the nose. Said cartilage is usually harvested from the patient’s ear, which does not visibly alter the ear.
Dr. Sean Freeman is certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology (ENT) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is an expert in surgery to improve both the form and function of the nose through and reconstructive, even in complex cases. As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with years of experience and countless satisfied patients throughout Charlotte, NC and beyond, Dr. Freeman is the ideal surgeon to perform your rhinoplasty procedure.