Nose / Ear Surgery

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NOSE SURGERY – RHINOPLASTY

Reshapes and improves the appearance of the nose. Perhaps reducing its size, straightening, raising, lowering, removing bumps, curves, ridges or contouring a tip. Structural breathing problems can be eliminated at the same time.

The best candidates for rhinoplasty are people who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. If you’re physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate.

Age may also be a consideration. Many surgeons prefer not to operate on teenagers until after they’ve completed their growth spurt – around 14 or 15 for girls, a bit later for boys. It’s important to consider teenagers’ social and emotional adjustment too, and to make sure it’s what they, and not their parents, really want.

Progress and Healing

Although everyone heals at a different rate, patients can expect their recover follow this general time line:

The first day, activity must be kept to a minimum and patients should rest with their head elevated to help minimize swelling. A small amount of bleeding is possible.

Within 10 days after surgery, the swelling reaches its peak and then begins to subside. Brusing will begin to diminish. Stitches and packing will dissolve or be removed and makeup can be used to conceal any discoloration.

After several weeks, patients may resume exercise and most of their normal activities. Most of the swelling will subside.In the months following surgery, it is important to keep the nose shielded from direct sunlight.

EAR SURGERY – OTOPLASTY

Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears.

For the most part, the operation is done on children between the ages of four and 14. Ears are almost fully grown by age four, and the earlier the surgery, the less teasing and ridicule the child will have to endure.

Ear surgery on adults is also possible, and there are generally no additional risks associated with ear surgery on an older patient.

EARLOBE REPAIR

Earlobe tissue is very soft. Occasionally, either because of the weight of heavy earrings or trauma from other sources, a pierced ear can tear so that the hole is either too large to accommodate an earring or so that the earlobe is completely split. This problem can be easily remedied within thirty minutes in our office using only local anesthesia. The partially or completely torn tissue is removed and the skin edges sewed back together so that the hole is completely obliterated. Stitches are removed in five to seven days and the ear can then be re-pierced in our office three weeks later.