Primary RhinoplastyThe surgical reshaping of the nose or rhinoplasty is one of the most common and rewarding elective procedures performed today. The procedure can be tremendously gratifying for both the patient and surgeon.
There are several reasons behind a patient's motivation to seek corrective surgery of their nose. The nose is one of our most prominent features and can be a distinguishing characteristic of the face. Nasal deformities are caused by everything from heredity to physical trauma and even prior attempts at corrective surgery.
Dr. Torgerson considers everything from the size and shape of your face, your gender, ethnic background, skin thickness, and even your age - to determine the nasal shape that best suits your face. Note that patients with an external nasal deformity may also have difficulty with nasal functionality - for example, chronic nasal congestion. In many cases, the improvement of your nasal passages may be a relatively straightforward procedure and require only a straightening of the nasal septum and turbinate reduction.
Rhinoplastic surgery is carried out under local anaesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anaesthesia. The procedure takes from one to three hours to complete - depending upon the complexity of the case. The majority of incisions for rhinoplasty are made inside the nose. A small "inverted V" incision may be required in the skin between your nostrils and changes to the nostril size may also require incisions in the outside creases of your nostrils. Any external incisions created are well camouflaged and heal imperceptibly. Dr. Torgerson will sculpt the cartilage, bone, and soft tissue (skin, muscle, and fat) of your nose to create the desired outcome.
Recovery: Ten to fourteen days. Cast removed in one week.