The San Diego rhinoplasty Surgery
In many cases rhinoplasty can be performed without any external incisions. If the nose requires advanced tip sculpting, or reconstruction of the middle third of the nose, you are likely to be a candidate for “Open Rhinoplasty.” If the surgeon goes takes the open approach, he will be making a short incision along the bottom part of the nose, and this will allow direct visualization of the nasal components. This open rhinoplasty incision generally heals pretty fast and you are just left with a negligible scar which is of no concern to the patient. An expert facial or San Diego rhinoplasty surgeon is equally at ease with an “open” or “endonasal” approach, and the surgeon looking after you, will select an approach that suits best for your nose.
The San Diego rhinoplasty procedure may take one, two or even three hours, as situations demand, and is usually performed at our AAAHC certified surgical facility which is fully staffed with experts in medical field.
Most of our San Diego rhinoplasty patients generally go home the same afternoon, but some patients who have to travel quite a distance prefer to stay overnight in the nearby luxury hotels. The anesthesia used for a nose job is usually a general anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on the preference of the patient and the length of the surgical procedure.
San Diego rhinoplasty recovery
When you regain consciousness after surgery, your nose will be covered with a stout external splint, which holds the nasal bones in place and protects the nose. The splint will remain in place for a week. While pain is normally quite minimal, all patients receive pain medication, as well as a brief course of antibiotics to get rid of the swelling. Breathing is generally stuffy the first night, but the next day you will return to our office for a brief post-operative visit and a small bit of gauze will be taken out of your nostrils. You should then be able to breathe normally and without any discomfort.
Many patients are likely to join work or school after two to three days, but generally most prefer to take a week’s vacation around this period of recuperation. While you may get some post-surgery swelling and occasional bruising after rhinoplasty, your nose will look quite normal after a week. Post-operative swelling will gradually subside after a month, however you may notice subtle changes or irritations or occasional discomforts for up to 3 months and in rare cases even for a year.
For a nose job or rhinoplasty in San Diego, California contact us at our office address or make a call to talk to our client service executives.