Rhinoplasty is one of the most demanding cosmetic operations for plastic surgeons. It requires a thorough understanding of nasal anatomy, a good eye to visualize what elements need to be addressed, knowledge of various corrective techniques, and an expertise in nasal function. Since Dr. Eric Okamoto is a double-board certified plastic surgeon/otolaryngologist (ear, nose & throat), he has experience from two different disciplines which you will likely appreciate during your consultation.

It would be impractical to describe all the variations that can be altered with a rhinoplasty. Suffice it to say that when a nose is too big, it is made smaller; when it is too small, it is made larger; when it is asymmetrical, balance is restored; and when it lacks definition, more form is imposed. Limitations exist for change and these details will be discussed during your consultation. Computer imagery will be used to facilitate your understanding of your cosmetic nasal flaws and how they might look after corrective measures are taken. You will be given a detailed description explaining the anatomical reasons for your nasal presentation and specifically what measures are deemed necessary for correction. Just as important, Dr. Okamoto will explain why certain desires are sometimes difficult or impossible to achieve, particularly if the ultimate goal is to achieve a natural appearance.

Rhinoplasty Procedure

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Depending on the circumstances, Dr. Okamoto chooses whether to perform a rhinoplasty with a “closed” or an “open” technique. A closed rhinoplasty confines all the incisions inside the nasal chambers where they remain hidden from view. On the other hand, an open technique places one of the incisions across the central nasal column which separates the two nostrils. Although a fine line is visible in this region afterwards, it is generally unnoticeable. Every nose is different which alters the cosmetic goals from one patient to the next. Therefore, every consultation must be individualized. Dr. Okamoto also offers a highly specialized rhinoplasty procedure known as Asian Rhinoplasty — a technique designed specifically for individuals of Asian descent.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

During the recovery period, patients will experience swelling, as well as some minor bruising. The bruises typically fade after a couple of weeks, but it may take several months for the swelling to completely subside. Although an improved appearance should be noticeable shortly after the procedure, final results can sometimes take up to a year to be completely visualized, due to the prolonged swelling. Strenuous activities, sports, and exercise can affect the recovery process, and should be avoided for the first few weeks after surgery. Diving, contact sports, and any other activities where your nose could potentially be impacted should be avoided for at least six weeks, allowing the bones to restabilize. Any discomfort during the recovery period is typically minimal and can usually be alleviated with oral medication.

If you would like more information about rhinoplasty or other procedures available at our practice, please contact us today. We will be happy to answer your questions or to assist you with scheduling a consultation.