stock_rhinoplastyAmong the most common of all facial plastic surgery procedures, nose surgery, also known as “cosmetic rhinoplasty” or a “nose job,” is designed to change the shape and/or size of the nose. Individuals seeking an enhanced nasal appearance can consult Daniel E. Rousso, M.D., F.A.C.S., a rhinoplasty surgeon in Birmingham, AL, at The Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic.

The Best Candidate For Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. The best candidates for rhinoplasty are people who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look.

Men and women who want to reduce or increase the size of the nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between the nose and the upper lip may be good candidates for rhinoplasty surgery. Individuals who would like to correct a defect or injury, or relieve breathing problems may also seek the highly recommended help of rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Rousso. He uses the latest facial plastic surgery techniques and technologies with each nose job. Birmingham, Mountain Brook and Hoover rhinoplasty before and after photos, featuring Dr. Rousso’s patient results are available for viewing.

Alabama facial plastic surgeon Dr. Rousso will further discuss what to expect before and after surgery during an initial consultation. While dramatic changes can be made to one’s nose, patients should have realistic expectations.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure

The Surgery

Rhinoplasty can be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. With IV sedation, you’ll usually be very sedated, and your nose and the surrounding area will be numbed; you’ll be very drowsy during the surgery. With general anesthesia, you’ll sleep through the operation. Rhinoplasty usually takes an hour or two, though more extensive procedures may take longer.

Oftentimes, nose surgery is performed along with additional facial cosmetic procedures, some of which include facelift surgery (“rhytidectomy”), eyelid surgery (“blepharoplasty”), and chin augmentation (“mentoplasty”).

When the surgery is complete, a splint will be applied to help your nose maintain its new shape. A special dissolvable suture is used to stabilize the septum, thereby avoiding the need for a nasal packing. This dramatically reduces post-op discomfort. Bruising and swelling post-surgery usually subsides within two weeks.

After Your Surgery

Most of the swelling and bruising should disappear within two weeks. A little bleeding may occur during the first few days, and you may continue to feel some stuffiness for a few weeks. By the end of one week, splints are removed. Patients are required to refrain from contact sports and extreme physical activity for six weeks. Light normal activity may be resumed in two weeks.

Many Birmingham rhinoplasty patients also see Dr. Rousso to correct inside-the-nose blockages that interfere with breathing or other facelift procedures.

Recognized for the natural results he is able to achieve for his Birmingham, Mountain Brook and Hoover rhinoplasty patients and facial surgery patients, Dr. Rousso attracts individuals throughout the Birmingham area, including Mountain Brook and Hoover. He and his staff provide a private, comfortable atmosphere and demonstrate a keen understanding of cosmetic surgery and the patient experience.

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