Rhinoplasty - Nose
Nasal problems are generally categorized into two broad groups: functional and appearance. Functional concerns are generally related to the ability to breathe and may also involve a patient's ability to smell. Issues regarding the look of an individual's nose are very common as it is the most prominent structure on the face. The appearance of the nose is often unrelated to the functional issues although in many patients, both problems co-exist.
To improve the ability to breathe, surgery is performed to the inside of the nose. Usually, this involves operating on the nasal septum, the wall of cartilage and bone between the right and left nasal passages, and the turbinates, the folds of tissue inside the nose which warm and humidify the air. Appearance issues are addressed by altering the bone and cartilage pieces which comprise the scaffolding of the nose. Depending on the initial configuration of these structures, multiple different techniques are employed to shape the nose to achieve the desired effect.
The most common impediment to resuming all activities, including work, after a rhinoplasty is the bruising and swelling of the face which is associated with this procedure. Usually, this dissipates enough in about a week to allow a patient to return to work comfortably. However, even though the patient will be able to see a change in the shape of his/her nose immediately, all patients following a rhinoplasty will experience subtle changes in the shape of their nose for several months post-operatively as the swelling of the tissues can take a very long time to resolve completely.
Please contact Dr. Campbell's office should you have any questions or if you wish to book a consultation appointment.