Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure of the nose, designed to reshape the nose to exhibit a more balanced and proportional shape. A wide variety of techniques are involved, which can alter the nasal shape in different ways depending on the patient's anatomy.

Indications for Rhinoplasty

This procedure is appropriate for people who are bothered by the size and/or shape of their noses. The nose is a major focal point of your facial appearance, so if it lacks proportion, you may suffer from a negative self-image as a result.

Goals of rhinoplasty may differ with each patient, and a variety can be met with rhinoplasty:

  • Large or wide nose can be reduced
  • Crooked nose can be straightened
  • Humped nose can be smoothed out
  • Drooped nose can be lifted and refined

It's important to know that no universal aesthetic ideal exists when it comes to noses. Each patient is evaluated on an individual basis to determine the aesthetic changes that could improve appearance. Druing your consultation, you can discuss your goals and expectations to determine if rhinoplasty is right for you.

Your Rhinoplasty Procedure

The operation usually takes about two hours or less to complete. Two popular techniques are being performed by plastic surgeons today. In the first technique, known as closed rhinoplasty, Dr. Morse makes small incisions at the base of the nose, allowing the doctor access to carefully refine the nasal cartilage and bone. In the second technique, known as open rhinoplasty, the skin of the nose is lifted to allow access for reshaping of the nasal structure.

What to Expect After Rhinoplasty

When your surgery is complete you will be sent home with a splint on the nose and possibly some nasal packing inside the nose. Expect some swelling and discomfort during this time. Dr. Morse will prescribe medications to help you manage pain during your recovery. After about 1 or 2 weeks, you should be able to return to work or your normal routine. Swelling takes time to subside, but when it does, you can appreciate the changes in your facial appearance.

What questions do you have about rhinoplasty? Contact the office of Dr. Martin Morse in Great Falls to learn more about this procedure.