Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one of the most individualized procedures in plastic surgery. Because every nose is different, every procedure needs to be customarily designed for the person.

Rhinoplasty
Intro TO PROCEDURE


PROCEDURE SCHEDULE

Surgery

  • Time: 1-3 hours
  • General Anesthesia or Local Anesthesia

Recovery

  • Ambulate the night of surgery
  • Shower 2 days after surgery
  • 2 days off work

Restriction

  • 6 weeks from heavy lifting and swimming
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WHY RHINOPLASTY?

The nose is the central feature of our face, not only in terms of its anatomical location but also its aesthetic influence on the entire face. The outlook and shape of a nose can change the entire look of an individual. It can highlight certain features while drawing attention away from others.

A nose that is out of proportion to the face and its surrounding facial features stands out and can be the focus of unwanted attention. Sometimes, these flaws created by the nose are noticeable only when in a close distance conversation with another individual, and other times, the issues are prominent enough to be viewed from a distance.

The rhinoplasty procedure aims to change the appearance of the nose by making specific changes to certain nasal features, such as altering shape, length, and width. Whether it is too big, too small, crooked, or deformed, the goal of rhinoplasty surgery is to remove those undesirable features and bring proportional harmony to the face.

BREATHE EASY WITH SEPTOPLASTY

In some cases, nasal surgery is performed for function rather than form. Some people find it difficult to breathe because of an airway obstruction in their nasal cavity. Clearing the pathway through the surgical restructuring of the nasal cavity is also a common reason for people seeking rhinoplasty. If the obstruction is nasal in origin then combining rhinoplasty with septoplasty can effectively relieve the airway obstruction.

ASIAN RHINOPLASTY

In many rhinoplasty cases, the ideal goal of the patient is to enhance the appearance of their nose without diluting or sacrificing the specific features of the nose that are relative to their culture. The goal of Asian rhinoplasty is to retain the natural cultural characteristics of the nose’s appearance while reshaping the features of the nose that the patient is unhappy with.

Patients of Asian descent commonly have an overly rounded nasal tip that must be refined. The bridge width and height may also need to be enhanced. The nasal cartilage may be weaker, and the skin of the nose may be thicker.
 

HOW IS IT DONE?

Every nose is different. And because every nose is different, different techniques and approaches to surgery need to be utilized in order to provide the kind of personalized results desired. The attention paid to each nose has to be individualized.

Mainly, two types of incisions are used: Open and Closed. Open rhinoplasty involves a small well-hidden incision on the skin of the underside of the nose, and closed rhinoplasty hides the incision inside the nostrils. The choice between which incision to use will depend on the specific alterations that are being made to the different areas of the nose.

Both techniques have their advantages and disadvantages. There is no visible scar for a closed rhinoplasty, because the incisions for the procedure are made internally, but there is better surgery exposure in the open technique if extensive nasal tip work is required. Individuals interested in rhinoplasty should have an extensive conversation with the plastic surgeon to discuss what the best approach is relating to desired changes in the nose.

RHINOPLASTY RECOVERY

After your rhinoplasty is complete, your nose will be bandaged. Splints may be used to provide additional support and protection during the healing process. Rhinoplasty is an invasive procedure, so swelling is to be expected. Bruising or discoloration may occur around the eyes. These issues will slowly dissipate over the coming weeks.

Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure produces little to no pain during the recovery period. Any pain or discomfort experienced can be managed with medication.

In most cases, patients choose to take a week or so off from work to heal and to allow a majority of the swelling to go down. While some people tend to feel ready for work after just a few days, the bandages, potential discoloration, and swelling can prevent them from feeling comfortable. Most individuals are ready to return to their normal activities after around two weeks.

While a majority of the swelling will disappear after about three to six weeks, some swelling may remain for up to a year. This residual swelling should not be obvious to others and will primarily prevent the more refined contours of the nose from being visible until the nose is fully healed.

SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION TODAY

The choice to undergo rhinoplasty is not one that you have to rush. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedure and recovery process, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. William Lao. Dr. Lao will provide you with an opportunity to understand how the procedure works and what to expect in terms of recovery and results.

Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lao. With more than 10 years of professional experience, Dr. Lao is more than capable of providing you with personalized care and outstanding results.


SURGical approacheS

Incision Technique for Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Closed Rhinoplasty with No Outside Incision
Suturing Technique for Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Open Rhinoplasty with a Well Hidden Outside Incision

BEFORE & AFTERS

Before and After results of a rhinoplasty performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

S, 27, Asian

S works as a real estate agent in New York. She had an unknown substance injected to her nose a few years ago in China. She was told it was hyaluronic acid but it actually never went away and actually grew bigger with time according to her. Rhinoplasty was done to remove the foreign body and straighten her nose. Autologous cartilage was also used to increase the tip projection.

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Before and After results of a rhinoplasty performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

V, teenager, Caucasian

V is a teenager who had been teased in school for many years for the appearance of her nose. She had a large dorsal hump and a bulbous tip. After extensive discussion with both V and her mom, rhinoplasty was done to reduce the overall size but project her nasal tip while removing the large dorsal hump. She was very happy with the result, immediately started taking selfies as soon as her splint was removed.

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Before and After results of a rhinoplasty performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

E, 23, African, Ghana

E is a 23 year old medical student. She came from Ghana to study in New York. She was concerned with the dorsal hump on her nose and did not like the rounded and flattened appearance of her nasal tip. After consultation, her small dorsal hump was reduced and autologous cartilage was used to increase the projection of her nose while reducing the roundedness.

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Before and After results of a rhinoplasty performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

C, 41, Hispanic

C previously had a rhinoplasty done a few years ago in Colombia to decrease the size of her nose. It was, however, overdone. She ended up with a noticeable depression in the center of her nose and the edges of the remaining nasal bone were visible. Revision rhinoplasty was done through a close approach to correct this defect. Her nose looked natural and normal again.

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Before and After results of a rhinoplasty performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

B, 33, Hispanic

B also had a rhinoplasty done in Colombia a few years ago. However, she was not satisfied with the amount of correct and also she was left with a deviated septum. A closed rhinoplasty was done to correct this defect without any scars on the outside skin.

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Before and After results of a rhinoplasty performed by Manhattan plastic surgeon Doctor William Lao

D, 41, Indian

D did not like the hook look of her nasal tip. She also wanted her tip to be more projected at the same time. Rhinoplasty surgery was done to increase the projection of her tip and improve the hooking tip. The changes are subtle but noticeable and natural.

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PATIENTS’ REVIEWS

V, Teenager, student, Caucasian, Queens, USA

“We are more than sad that you are leaving us Dr. Lao. I wish you the best because you are a very smart young man and a great surgeon. After God, you made my daughter’s life very happy. You enhanced her beauty and self-esteem, and make me a happy mother again. I hope we keep in touch.”


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