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Look and feel your best through rhinoplasty

You don’t have to go through life with a nose that makes you self-conscious and unhappy. Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that can reduce the appearance of a prominent nose and improve many other aesthetic and functional issues:

  • Making the nose appear smaller or larger
  • Reshaping the nostrils
  • Reducing the tip of the nose
  • Resculpting the nasal bridge
  • Balancing the nose with other facial features
  • Correcting deformities
  • Improving breathing
  • Fixing a deviated septum

What you need to consider about rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a very complex procedure, which is why you shouldn’t settle for anything less than the highly skilled hands of the experienced plastic surgeons at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Our doctors are specialty trained, beyond standard qualifications, in a range of plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures. We will work with you to achieve your goals safely and effectively. What’s more, your privacy and comfort are of the utmost importance to us and will always be a top priority.

Contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons.

What to expect

What to expect

Your surgeon isn’t only there for you during treatment. He or she is with you every step of the way – before, during and after.

Preparing for your treatment

An experienced plastic surgeon at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center will be happy to meet with you and discuss all aspects of rhinoplasty. Together, you’ll determine the best plan for your specific needs.

During your treatment

Rhinoplasty typically involves making incisions outside or inside the nostrils. The skilled surgeons at OSU Wexner Medical Center make the necessary incisions along the natural creases of the nose to minimize the appearance of any residual scarring. Your plastic surgeon will remove nasal cartilage and bone and reshape your nose as desired. A temporary nasal splint will likely be applied to help the nose maintain its new shape. It may also be necessary to apply gauze inside the nostrils for a short time to stabilize the septum and any blood flow.

The entire procedure usually takes about two hours and is performed under a general anesthetic for your comfort and can be performed on an outpatient basis.

After your treatment

It is common to experience bruising and swelling in the area of the nose for several days after rhinoplasty. Swelling should be completely gone after about one month. Any pain or discomfort in the days following surgery can be minimized with medication. You’ll need to keep your head elevated for about a day after rhinoplasty surgery. Strenuous activity or heavy lifting needs to be avoided for at least three weeks. You should also avoid blowing your nose for at least a week. It’s especially important to protect the nose from harm for a few months after the procedure.

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