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We tend not to notice someone’s nose unless it is misshapen or out of proportion, which ultimately detracts from other facial features. Rhinoplasty, or cosmetic nose surgery, can reshape the slope of your nose for proportionate size and contour, either by reducing the size of your nose or rebuilding portions of its structure.

If you’re interested in a nose job in Charleston, SC, contact our facial plastic surgeon today!

Rhinoplasty: Cosmetic Nose Surgery with Dr. Rodwell

Dr. Rodwell has performed many successful rhinoplasties and has studied with Dr. Calvin M. Johnson, Jr., the premier surgeon who first popularized many of the rhinoplasty techniques still used today.  Continued education in the field of effective nose surgery techniques helps Dr. Rodwell improve patients’ appearances and prevent long-term problems with collapse and loss of support.   In addition to a cosmetic rhinoplasty to improve facial symmetry and balance, Dr. Rodwell can perform nasal surgery to correct breathing difficulties.

Some patients choose to have a  facelift at the same time as rhinoplasty for an enhanced overall look, while others also have a chin implant to provide a better profile to balance the nose.

 

I absolutely love my nose. I feel so much better when I look in a mirror and see myself in pictures.

—Mary A.

Rhinoplasty in Charleston, SC

Nose reshaping surgery is different for every patient.  During consultations, Dr. Rodwell evaluates your anatomy and determines the best surgical plan to provide desired results. We place emphasis on listening to your goals and helping to educate you on what can be achieved with rhinoplasty surgery.

Dr. Rodwell performs open rhinoplasty in which a small incision is made on the skin between the nostrils, which is called the columella. The structure of the nose is reshaped to reduce the size, provide support, and define your features.

The fundamental principles of the open structure rhinoplasty technique help avoid the pinched and collapsed look, which is an unfortunately common telltale sign of a bad nose job.

This cosmetic procedure can provide the following benefits for patients who are displeased with the current shape of their nose.

Rhinoplasty can:

  • Reshape the nose for an improved profile
  • Shorten or narrow the nose
  • Refine the appearance of the tip
  • Straighten a crooked nose
  • Smooth a bump or hump on the bridge
  • Repair injuries or a broken nose
  • Reduce the size of the nostrils
  • Increase the size of the nose for better facial proportions

Rhinoplasty Alternatives – The Non-Surgical Nose Job

Nose reshaping with the use injectable fillers can also be provided to create your ideal shape. This technique can also provide his patients with an enhanced outcome when paired with surgical nose treatment.  Determining whether you need a completely non-surgical nose job or fillers in combination with surgery is a part of the consultation process.

The goal with both non-invasive or traditional nose surgery is to create improved harmony and balance between your nose and facial features. Your reshaped nose should not draw attention to itself, but become a complement to your natural beauty.

What to Expect After Rhinoplasty

Some pain, swelling, stuffiness, and intermittent bleeding are to be expected after rhinoplasty. Most patients take one week off from work for recovery. Dr. Rodwell will provide full post-operative instructions.

You will be given pain medication and a small splint may be necessary for a short time to help your nose maintain its new shape during the healing process. Dr. Rodwell performs his nasal surgeries without having to leave uncomfortable packing inside the nose. The final result of your rhinoplasty will gradually present itself over the several months after your surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions about Cosmetic Nose Surgery

Do you have questions and/or concerns regarding the rhinoplasty procedure? Below, you will find a list of frequently asked questions about rhinoplasty, from surgical details to what makes an ideal candidate. We know how important it is for you to feel completely informed and educated on rhinoplasty before scheduling a consultation.

If you do not see your question, or still have concerns regarding the surgery, please contact our Charleston office today by calling (843) 628-1414.

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job is a cosmetic surgical procedure. Generally, rhinoplasty procedures involve the reshaping and resizing of the nose. Surgery also may be necessary for individuals with breathing issues.

Commonly, rhinoplasty is provided to assist with the following:

  • The width of the nasal bridge
  • The appearance of humps or depressions
  • The nasal tip position
  • Nostril size
  • Asymmetry

During the procedure, your doctor will make incisions to access the bones and cartilage of your nose. The doctor will either add or remove cartilage to change the nose’s appearance, form, and/or function.

Who is a good candidate for rhinoplasty?

A good candidate for rhinoplasty is someone who is mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy. Your facial structure must also be fully developed; young teens are not qualified for a rhinoplasty. It is also imperative to understand the treatment process, as your facial aesthetics will change. Those who are satisfied with this procedure go into their treatment with realistic expectations following the surgery.

How long is the recovery process?

Following the surgery, it is normal for a patient to experience both swelling and bruising. These side effects typically last for several days. A week or so after the procedure, your splint will be removed, which will allow you to breathe easily, sleep better, and even blow your nose. Within the next 10 to 14 days, you will most likely be able to return to work and/or school. Until permitted by your doctor, you still need to avoid all strenuous activities.

Is rhinoplasty safe?

Rhinoplasty is a safe, common procedure. However, as with any type of major surgery, even cosmetic surgery, there is always the possibility of risks and/or unforeseen complications. If you have reservations regarding rhinoplasty, you should speak with your doctor before scheduling the surgery. Depending on your specific wants and needs, non-surgical rhinoplasty may be more appropriate for you.

Listen to Dr. Rodwell discuss rhinoplasty on eHealth Radio