Masri Clinic Technology
The Masri Clinic is unique because it can allow the patient to view and observe the changes that can be made to their face utilizing a computer imaging system. This can be beneficial when both cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty procedures are performed. The patient is able to see what he or she will look like and if they are comfortable with the new appearance. The appearance can be a dramatic change since the nose is a focal point in the center of the face. Widening and narrowing the nose is often an aspect in functional rhinoplasty procedures and can make an impact. The final decisions that are made should be made with extreme care and caution due to the permanence of the procedure.
Each patient will have a customized surgical plan that utilizes either an open or closed method. The determination for the type of procedure completed is dependent on what is needing to be corrected or changed. Rhinoplasty procedures are typically performed while the patient is sedated with local or general anesthesia.
Functional rhinoplasty procedures can restore and repair the nasal valves that are in the nostrils. This is different from septoplasty which involves only repairing the internal wall that divides the nasal cavities themselves. Functional rhinoplasty can help restore breathing through the nose that can either collapse with age or be narrow from the time that the individual was born. You may need functional rhinoplasty if you have trouble breathing, have had a nasal injury or trauma that has effected breathing, have a nasal birth defect that negatively influences the function of the nose, have acquired nasal trauma through a medical problem, or have narrow or collapsing nasal valves. The procedure can assist in restoring breathing and inhibiting snoring at night. In order for breathing to be restored incisions are made that allow the cartilage and bone to be accessed. The bone or cartilage may need to be taken from another area of the body to be used to help support the area. When this occurs, it is also known as a graft and is often taken from the nasal septum during a septoplasty. It can also be taken from the rib cage. The cartilage can be straightened or reshaped to change the way the air flow and breathing occurs in the nose. The nasal tissue may need to be suspended and can be done with sutures or screws.
The open approach requires incisions to be made inside of the nose with an additional small external incision made on the underside of the nose between the nostrils. This technique allows a better view of and access to the inside of the nose, but it does produce a small scar at the base of the nose. When traumatic injuries have occurred, including major defects, this approach is often necessary. The procedure is used for dramatic aesthetic work as well.
The closed approach is also referred to as an endonasal approach. For this method, all incisions are confined to the inside of the nose and there is no visible scarring on the exterior of the nose. The inside of the nose can be shaped and bone cartilage can be reshaped for a different appearance. Since the incisions are on the inside, it makes it more challenging for the surgeon to see and change aspects of the nose. Many times this direction is unable to be taken during challenging nose jobs.
As with all forms of surgery, there are potential risks involved with rhinoplasty and these may include the following:
- Revision surgery
- Unsatisfactory results
- Anesthesia complications
- Worse nasal breathing
- Septal perforation
The procedure can take at least two hours, but can be longer depending on the complexity of the surgery. A splint is placed on the nose for at least one week and the patient can return to work after one week. The swelling can take up to one month to resolve, and bruising after the procedure is very common in facial areas, especially the eyes. The swelling and bruising can continue for up to one year after surgery in minimal amounts. Strenuous exercise should be avoided and the patient should gradually work up to more strenuous activities. This is because the exercise can influence swelling in the nose. The final results of the surgery will not be healed and observed until one year after it has been completed.
Dr. Masri will work with his patients for solutions that fit their ethnic origins and functional or cosmetic desires. Each procedure is unique and may involve the removal of a bump or hump on the nasal bridge, or changes to the nasal tip. There are many techniques that are used to widen or narrow the nose, refine the tip, alter the projection, change the angle, and lengthen the nose. The functional aspects of breathing and snoring can be restored when the nasal valves are corrected. This can be a life altering procedure and can benefit the patient in numerous ways. Contact Dr. Masri and his staff at 866-487-3223 to start breathing better today!