Rhinoplasty alters the nose so that it’s more balanced. You can:
Small changes can make a nose more feminine, masculine, or refined. You can also improve breathing for patients with a crooked nose, deviated septum, or obstructed nostrils.
Dr. Yao is also experienced in Caucasian, Asian and multi-ethnic rhinoplasty. Nose surgery is a very specialized field that requires an understanding of different nose anatomy in different races and unique cosmetic desires.
Depending on what you need, your rhinoplasty can be open or closed. Closed means only incisions in the nostrils are done. Open means there are incisions in the nostrils, and a small one across the columella (the narrowest part of skin between the nostrils.)
2 to 6 hours, depending on what is desired
The nose is covered with a cast for 1 week after surgery. After that, the nose will be protected by tape for another 1 to 2 weeks. No heavy lifting or strenuous exercise is allowed for 2 months after surgery to minimize swelling. Most people are back to work within 1 to 2 weeks of surgery, and a great deal of swelling has subsided by then. However, it takes up to 12 months for 100% of the residual swelling to subside. You will notice a gradual reduction of swelling as time goes on.
No. The incisions are well concealed inside the nostrils. If an incision is needed across the columella, it heals very nicely and is hard to see, given it’s location.
If you would like a subtle or dramatic change to your nose, rhinoplasty may be right for you. Small changes in the nose make a big difference to the balance and attractiveness of a face. It is best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Yao to discuss your goals, and the best way to achieve it.