The nose is critical for both the appearance, as it rests in the middle of the face, and function, due to its role in breathing and the sense of smell. The term “rhinoplasty” technically refers to any surgery to the outside of the nose whether its primary goal is to improve the appearance, the function, or both. The reality is that you can’t have one without the other. Changing the external nose to breathe better will typically have at least a minor effect on the appearance, and in reducing the size of a nose there may be a high risk of nasal obstruction if appropriate precautions are not taken.
Rhinoplasty represents the union of two surgical fields, Otolaryngology (ENT) and Plastic Surgery. Otolaryngology concerns itself primarily with nasal function: sinus surgery, deviated septum surgery, etc. Plastic surgery is largely concerned with appearance. Dr. Jay M. Dutton, MD became fascinated with rhinoplasty very early on, and achieved highly specialized training in both disciplines. After completing his surgical residency at the top-rated Otolaryngology program in the country, he went on to a highly specialized fellowship in Rhinology & Facial Plastic Surgery. He is board-certified in each field. While he continues to manage other ENT (sinus) and Facial Plastic disorders, he is uniquely qualified in rhinoplasty surgery.
Minimally Invasive Rhinoplasty
Benefits of Rhinoplasty:
- Improve the shape of the nose, including the bridge and/or the tip
- Shorten the nose
- Make the nose narrower
- Straighten a crooked nose
- Correct a bump on the bridge of the nose
- Correct a broken or injured nose
- Reduce nostril size
- Increase the size of the nose for better facial proportions
- ….and perhaps most importantly, improve one’s ability to breathe and their sense of smell.
Since no two nose surgeries are the same, Dr. Dutton will design a customized procedure specifically for you and your desired goals. He may place the incisions in different areas, but they can often be concealed inside the nose to avoid any visible scars. Rhinoplasty is much like sculpting, with the bone and cartilage altered to create the desired shape.
This is why the skill and experience of your surgeon is so vital.
Sometimes called a “nose job,” rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure that takes an average of 1-3 hours, so you can go home the same day. The surgery will be conducted either under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, which requires that you have someone available to take you home. Sometimes minor procedures can be performed under local anesthesia.
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