Nasal Reconstruction

Nasal reconstruction surgery restores aesthetic as well as functional aspects of the nose. During a nasal reconstruction operation, Dr. Morse may utilize various techniques such as bone grafting, skin grafting, tissue expansion, and flaps.

Indications for Nasal Reconstruction

This type of operation may be necessary to correct congenital nasal deformities or it may be performed after trauma or skin cancer treatment. During a consultation, Dr. Morse will evaluate the defects present on your nose, as well as the cause of the defect, past treatments and your overall health. Questions such as the following will need to be addressed:

  • What anatomical aspects are missing?
  • What aesthetic aspects are missing?
  • Is the underlying cause/disease under control?
  • Are donor tissues available?

If Dr. Morse recommends that you proceed with nasal reconstruction, he will explain the techniques in depth and answer any questions you have. Surgery risks, costs and other important details will be discussed, so you have an adequate understanding of nasal reconstruction before you choose to proceed.

Nasal Reconstruction Surgery with Dr. Morse

The general goal of nasal reconstruction is to restore a functioning nose with a normal appearance. Through a staged approach, Dr. Morse will work to achieve this goal. The first operation will establish the platform for your nose to be reconstructed and prepare tissues for grafting. Operations that follow will often include resurfacing of the nose (using forehead tissue), adding support with grafts, and replacing any missing lining.

What to Expect After Nasal Reconstruction

As stated, nasal reconstruction is done in stages. Revision procedures are also very common for refining the nose and addressing imperfections in symmetry or function.

When the operation is over, ointment and pressure dressing (gauze and tape) will cover the suture line. Dr. Morse may advise you to clean the wound with sodium chloride and apply ointment several times daily. After about 5 7 days, the sutures will be removed and the doctor will determine the need for follow-up and/or revision appointments.