What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty (commonly called nose reshaping surgery) is a procedure used to improve the appearance of the nose, including its size, shape, width, or bumps. It can also correct depressions on the bridge, the nasal tip, the nostrils or nasal asymmetry. Many times, the facial imbalance may be related to other facial features such as the chin, cheeks or lower jaw. Facial implant procedures to correct these imbalances may be combined with a rhinoplasty to achieve overall facial harmony. Dr. Epstein is pleased to offer computer imaging for rhinoplasty in Chicago as part of their patient’s initial consultation.

How is a nose surgery performed?

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient surgical procedure performed at our facility, Northbrook Plastic Surgery, located in the Chicago area. A rhinoplasty can be performed using a closed procedure, where the incisions are hidden inside the nose; or an open procedure, where an incision is made across the columella (the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils). Through the incision sites, soft tissue that covers the nose is raised, and the structure of the nose is reshaped. The rhinoplasty procedure may take one to three hours to complete, depending on the complexity of the case.

What to expect during the recovery period for rhinoplasty:

  • Bruising and swelling around the eyes are normal and will fade within 1-2 weeks after surgery.
  • You may experience discomfort to the nose and head, which can be controlled with medication.
  • Some light bleeding and stuffiness are common during the first few days.
  • You will wear a small splint to protect your nose for approximately 5-7 days after surgery.
  • You can return to light activity within a few days, or as you feel ready.
  • You may resume full activity within 3-4 weeks.

Computer Digital Imaging – Your Ideal Nose!

As part of your rhinoplasty consultation, Dr. Epstein uses an advanced computer-imaging software program to help you visualize your surgical outcome. After speaking with you to gain a greater understanding of your goals and expectations, Dr. Epstein will take several pictures of your nose from different angles, upload them onto a computer, and work with the software to create a variety of surgical options. Together, you will review the “morphed” images to determine the shape and size that will best create facial harmony.

It is important to remember that the manipulated rhinoplasty photos through digital imaging are not a guarantee of your result, but they will ensure that you and your doctor share a common surgical goal and that the expectations are realistic. After the imaging is complete, and both you and the surgeon are happy with the outcome, he will print a copy for you and keep one for himself, which is reviewed again on the day of surgery. In a majority of cases, patients have found that their actual Rhinoplasty results are very close to the digital images that the surgeon produced.