Rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) reshapes and/or resizes the nose for a better proportioned face and more attractive appearance. Rhinoplasty is a highly individualized cosmetic surgery procedure that is customized for each patient. As a result, the success of your nose reshaping surgery is dependent upon the skill and experience of your surgeon.
Dr. Dutton is one of the foremost rhinoplasty surgeons in the country and the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on the subject. As former Chief of the Division Rhinology/Facial Plastic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center, he has extensive training and experience in cosmetic rhinoplasty, regardless of the complexity.
Besides cosmetic rhinoplasty, Dr. Dutton, founder of the Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago, is an expert in functional nose surgery for repairing, reconstructing, and correcting abnormalities and injuries of the nose.
Whatever your goals for your nasal surgery, you can rest assured that Dr. Dutton will provide you with a safe, efficient surgery and the aesthetic result you want.
- 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
Some patients who receive cosmetic rhinoplasty also wish to improve the function of the nose. Read more about Functional Rhinoplasty and Sinus Surgery. Other patients decide to have additional cosmetic enhancements such as chin implants or a facelift.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Since no two nasal 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 have been conducted either under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, which requires that you have someone available to take you home.
After your nasal surgery, Dr. Dutton will tape a nasal splint to your nose to support the altered structures of bone and cartilage. These splints help your nose maintain its new shape during the healing process. In many cases, the internal nose is also splinted, although packing is rarely necessary, and most patients can breathe immediately after surgery.
The sutures to close any incisions inside the nose will dissolve on their own. If any external incisions had to be made, those sutures might have to be removed after a period of time.
Most patients take 7-14 days off from work for the recovery period. You can expect some bruising, soreness, and intermittent bleeding for a week or two. Slight inflammation may last longer, so the final results of your surgery will not be visible immediately. The splints can usually be removed in about a week.
Dr. Dutton and his staff at the Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago will give you complete after-care instructions and will provide you with follow-up appointments to monitor your progress during the recovery period.
In the hands of Dr. Dutton, rhinoplasty is a very safe procedure. He has performed countless successful nasal surgeries using the most advanced techniques available today. These advances make the surgery even safer and more effective than in the past so that thousands of people every year achieve their desire to look better.
If you would like to discuss the look of your nose, contact Dr. Dutton’s office today for Rhinoplasty in the Chicago, Oak Brook, Tinley Park, Illinois areas.