The Nose Surgery Procedure
Nose surgery can be performed using the open technique or the closed technique. Through the incisions that are made, Dr. Cusimano will gently raise the nasal skin to allow access to reshape the nasal bones and cartilages.
- Open Rhinoplasty – Incisions are created on the outside of the nose in the area of tissue between the nostrils called the columella. These incisions then connect with other incisions hidden inside of the nose. This technique allows for full visualization of the nasal structures, and the small scare at the base of the nose is barely visible after it heals.
- Closed Rhinoplasty – All incisions are made inside of the nasal passages, which means there are no visible scars after surgery. The nose surgery technique that is right for you will depend on your individual anatomy and aesthetic goals, which can be discussed during your consultation.
What to Expect After Nose Surgery
Immediately after your nose surgery, you may be required to wear a nasal splint over your nose for support. You may also have a small triangular bandage placed beneath the tip of your nose. Nasal packing will be placed inside of the nose to support the nose and keep the airways clean of debris. A small tube may be inserted into each airway to allow you to breathe more easily when the packing is in place. All surgical packing will be removed within seven days, and the splint and bandages will be removed within 10 days. Swelling will be present, which may persist for up to a year after surgery, so it is important to be patient when waiting for final results. Dr. Cusimano will provide you with specific recovery instructions that will help your recovery to go smoothly.