INTRO TO PROCEDURE
- Time: 1-3 hours
- General Anesthesia or Local Anesthesia
- Ambulate the night of surgery
- Shower 2 days after surgery
- 2 days off work
- 6 weeks from heavy lifting and swimming
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BEFORE & AFTERS
Nasal Issues Common to Asian Patients
There are several nasal issues that are often seen in patients of Asian descent:
- A rounded nasal tip (as a result of thicker nasal skin)
- Tip under-rotation
- An underprojected nasal tip
- Flared nostrils
- A wide nasal base
- A low nasal bridge
These issues can be corrected while still avoiding a look that is Westernized or Caucasian. While many plastic surgeons apply a one-size-fits-all approach to all of their rhinoplasty procedures, Dr. Lao understands that every nose is different and requires its own unique strategy for improvement.
Techniques Used in Asian Rhinoplasty Surgery
Several techniques are employed in Asian rhinoplasty. Cartilage grafting is a technique that can bolster the nasal architecture. This involves the harvesting of septum, ear, or rib cartilage from the patient. This cartilage is carefully shaped and then sewn into a specific part of the nose.
Cartilage grafting can be used to extend an underprojected, under-rotated, and poorly defined tip of the nose. Some roundness must remain, and too much narrowness should be avoided. Shield grafts and alar rim grafts may be used in this type of improvement.
Elevating the nasal bridge can also be performed with the help of grafting. This has the effect of narrowing the bridge of the nose as well and must be done conservatively.
Reshaping and reduction of cartilage, soft tissue, and bone are also used during Asian rhinoplasty. These techniques can be employed to correct a number of issues, including flared nostrils.
The Asian Rhinoplasty Procedure in NYC
Asian rhinoplasty begins with the administration of local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. This is performed in order to ensure that the patient will be free of any pain or discomfort during the surgery.
Incisions are then carefully made. These are either made within the nostrils (closed rhinoplasty) or on the tissue between the nostrils (open rhinoplasty). This tissue is called the columella.
The chosen techniques are then employed to effect the desired nasal changes. Finally, the incisions are closed with the help of surgical sutures.
Recovery After Asian Rhinoplasty
Healing after Asian rhinoplasty surgery requires patience and care. Following Dr. Lao’s instructions diligently is vital for achieving quality results and for minimizing the chance of complications.
It’s important to avoid any activities that could potentially cause nasal trauma during recovery. Additionally, you will need to take some time off from work until healing is complete.
You will have bruising and swelling around your nose after the procedure. These issues are temporary and will resolve over time. Cold compresses can help in amelioration of swelling.
Do not blow your nose if at all possible, since the nasal architecture will be weaker during healing. If you absolutely need to blow your nose, be incredibly gentle.
Once all the swelling has resolved, you will be able to enjoy the final results of your Asian rhinoplasty procedure.
Find Out More with a Consultation
Dr. William Lao provides Asian rhinoplasty and a number of other face and body procedures for patients in and around the New York City area. Set up a consultation for your Asian Rhinoplasty in Manhattan by making an appointment today.