How Rhinoplasty Improves Your Appearance From All Angles

The age of the selfie and the rapid increase in social media has brought a new level of scrutiny to your appearance. Whether you realize it or not, you likely take extra special care with how you present yourself to other people. You might even have a “good side” that you tend to favor. That can be difficult to achieve if you are unhappy with how your nose looks. As the focal point of your face, your nose can have positive and negative contributions to your overall appearance. If your nose is causing you to have a “good side” and a “bad side”, rhinoplasty from Dr. Haitham Masri could help improve your appearance from all angles.

Your Facial Symmetry

You may think that your face looks exactly the same on either side, but in reality, nearly everyone has some sort of facial asymmetry. When you look at a picture of yourself and flip it backwards, you’ll notice a difference in how you look. The same is true if you look at pictures of yourself from each side. Facial asymmetry usually results from genetics, but it can be exacerbated or heightened by one of your facial features.

Your Facial Profile

A profile is a view of the side of your face. Of all your facial features, your nose and chin are the most important in creating your facial profile. They project the most from your face and give it character. To have a clean profile, your nose and chin need to be balanced in size and proportional to each other. They should also create smooth lines from the side.

How Your Nose Alters Your Facial Symmetry and Profile

Your nose can have different characteristics based on your heritage or your lifestyle. For example, if you are an athlete, you might have a crooked or dented nose from injuries. As another example, people with Middle Eastern heritage often have raised nasal bridges, giving them a hooked nose. Characteristics like these help define the way your nose affects your facial symmetry and profile. They can be as minimal as a small dent or bump on the side of your nose or as significant as a twisted septum. When your nose throws off your symmetry, your entire appearance can be affected.

How Rhinoplasty Can Improve Your Appearance

Achieving proper facial symmetry is all about balance and proportion; if there is something about your nose that causes it to stick out, that throws off your symmetry. Once that feature is identified, a rhinoplasty surgeon can improve it. Rhinoplasty surgery changes the way your nose looks by changing the soft tissue and cartilage which make up your nose.

There are different techniques and approaches that a rhinoplasty surgeon can used based on your individual needs. If your septum or nasal bridge is too high, too low, crooked, or dented, the surgeon can straighten and smooth it out. If your nasal tip is too bulbous, droopy, or lifted, the surgeon can refine it so the tip is an appropriate shape and size. Dents can be filled in and bumps can be smoothed out.

Each person’s nose is different and will affect each person’s appearance differently. Rhinoplasty surgery can be tailored to the individual patient so their nose will be proportional and balanced within their face. When your nose is improved, your symmetry, profile, and overall appearance will also be improved.

Why Dr. Masri Should Be Your Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Dr. Haitham Masri has been a rhinoplasty surgeon for almost 30 years and was the first surgeon in Michigan to become board-certified in facial plastic surgery. Dr. Masri is also board-certified in otolaryngology and sleep medicine, which made him the first plastic surgeon in the country to be certified in all three specialties. For each rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Masri considers the patient’s entire face from all angles. His meticulous approach to creating facial balance creates outstanding results that are unique to the patient.

Dr. Masri has two practices in Michigan, one in Dearborn and one in Birmingham. Each location has a highly professional staff dedicated to providing a comfortable and relaxing experience for patients. Dr. Masri sees patients from all over and his years of experience have allowed him to treat thousands of patients.

If your nose is throwing off your facial symmetry and makes you feel like you have a “bad side”, contact Dr. Masri by calling (866) 487-3223 for a rhinoplasty patient consultation.

Rhinoplasty Stages of RecoveryA rhinoplasty procedure is often known as a “nose job” and is a fairly complex surgery. They can be performed for cosmetic and functional purposes to reconstruct the nasal passage. Some individuals who need a functional rhinoplasty procedure may also desire a cosmetic change at the same time. Rhinoplasty is a complex surgical procedure because changes made to the nose must match the individual’s facial features, ethnicity, and personality. It is very important to select an experienced physician that can work on noses of your personal ethnicity. There are many physicians that specialize in rhinoplasty of various ethnicities and provide before and after images of their work. The rhinoplasty procedure may involve changing the bridge of the nose, the tip, proportion of the nostrils, and removing dips or bumps in the nose. Each individual has a different anatomy which will impact the nasal surgery process. Due to this, the healing process will also be different for each individual. Some patients may experience a faster recovery process than others.

The Procedure and Scaring

Rhinoplasty procedures are performed while the patient is under anesthesia in a surgical setting. The incisions are usually placed inside of the nose to hide any scaring that may occur. In a closed procedure the incisions are inside the nostrils. In an open procedure the incisions are also inside the nostrils, but additional incisions will be made at the base of the nose. Scaring can occur, but is very minimal. All efforts will be made to create a small amount of scaring and patients typically cannot see any after the healing process has completed. Patients are encouraged to examine before and after photographs to notice any visible scaring that is common. During the procedure, adding fillers is an option that the patient has. The fillers can add volume to the nose in specific areas. Fat and graft options are available, as well as silicone. When silicone is used, a higher risk is involved and infections can occur.

Recovery Process and Potential Risks

After the procedure is completed a nasal splint is placed on the nose for one week. The nose will be packed with gauze for several days to prevent bleeding. The splint helps keep the nose from accidental bumps during the healing process, and the surgical packing will support the new issue as it begins to heal. The stitches placed inside of the nose will heal in approximately one week.  It is important that the nose heals correctly in the new position and these measures are taken to stabilize it. The nose may be swollen as well as areas around the eyes. They will become bruised because of the procedure but will subside after approximately one week. The nose will continue to be swollen for up to one year after the procedure, but will not be noticeable to others.

It is extremely important to let the nose heal without any type of impact up to a year after the surgery --it might jeopardize the results. The recovery process can be lengthy and it is important that exercise is not performed within the following three to six weeks after the surgery. High energy activities such as exercise can increase blood pressure which can impact bruising and swelling of the nose. The nose may quickly become swollen from the blood flow. At approximately three weeks after the surgery regular activities can be resumed.

Care should be taken to prevent infections from occurring and following post care instructions can have a large impact on this. It is important to understand that the nose will become very sensitive after surgery. Numbness often occurs for many months after the surgery is completed, and in some cases, hypersensitivity is possible. The nerves will usually regrow after one year into a new position which will solve this problem. An additional side effect is the nose becoming blocked. Nasal blockage can occur because of the swelling and inflammation that occurs post-surgery. The nose will feel stuffy and swollen, but this should subside over time. If this problem does not naturally resolve itself it is important to see your physician. An additional procedure may be needed to remove extra tissue inside the nose. This is not an uncommon, minor follow up procedure. An additional risk that rhinoplasty presents is the skin breaking down inside of the nostrils. This can occur from the bandaging or grafting materials and can become exposed through the nasal skin. This does not occur often, and is considered to be a rare but serious risk.

Contact the Masri Clinic

Although rhinoplasty procedures have a lengthy healing process and pose many risks, the rewards can be irreplaceable. The nose is located in the center of the face and can have a huge impact on other facial features. Deciding to have rhinoplasty surgery can be complicated, but Dr. Masri and his staff can help lead you into the right direction of whether it is right for you. Dr. Masri will complete an evaluation, and advise if other options are available. His staff will ensure that you are provided all post-care instructions and will schedule your post operation visit. Contact Dr. Masri today at 866-487-3223 if you want to get started with your rhinoplasty procedure!

top-5-things-you-need-to-know-about-rhinoplasty-masriThe nose is located in the center of the face. As such, it's not uncommon for it to become injured in activities.  In other cases, it may simply not function properly.  Rhinoplasty is a great option for those who have experienced these problems.

A nose job can change the shape and function of the nose which can greatly impact your life in many ways. It can provide you with improved self-confidence which can improve your overall quality of life in turn. Since the nose is such a prominent feature, it can have a negative impact on the way you feel about yourself if you do not like the way it looks.

The entire face can be affected by the shape of the nose, and making modifications to the nose like removing bumps, refining the tip, changing the size of the nostrils, or narrowing the bridge of the nose can enhance the overall facial appearance. These techniques can create a symmetrical shape that can lead to a more balanced and attractive appearance. Changing the function of the nose can also greatly impact your life by correcting breathing problems that are caused from a deviated septum or other structural issues. Rhinoplasty can assist you with all of these issues and Dr. Masri can assist you in developing the best plan for you, but before you start your rhinoplasty journey there are five important aspects to be aware of.

You Must Have Realistic Expectations

Rhinoplasty is able to create anything from subtle to dramatic changes in the appearance of the nose.  Take a hump, for example.  Some patients may want it slightly decreased, while others may want the hump completely removed.  The great thing about rhinoplasty is that it is a highly customizable procedure able to address a variety of diverse concerns, from changing the overall size or removing a hump, to resizing the nostrils or improving breathing.

That's a lot of concerns that can be addressed with rhinoplasty, but the reality is that the surgery can't address all aspect of your life.  If you have some surgical ideal in mind, like obtaining a replica of a celebrity's nose or getting your dream job through rhinoplasty, you're likely to be disappointed.  Your nose has to fit your individual features and what's right for one person may not be right for you. Furthermore, while rhinoplasty can dramatically improve your appearance and your self-confidence, it can't dramatically alter your life unless you find that your excellent results spur you to do so on your own.

The Masri Clinic utilizes a computer imaging system to allow the patient to see and observe the possible and potential changes that can work on the patient’s face. It's a great way to work with your surgeon to help develop realistic goals for surgery.

Rhinoplasty is Part Science, Part Art

Rhinoplasty is one of the most intricate and complicated plastic surgery procedures to perform.  A surgeon must have the necessary technical skills to successfully perform the surgery.  However, there is also an artistic aspect to the surgery.  Essentially, the surgery combines the aesthetics of facial proportions with the need for proper function. When looking for a surgeon, make sure that he or she is board certified and has the necessary qualifications to perform surgery. Beyond that, be sure to look at his or her before and after pictures to get an idea of their aesthetics and to view their quality and level of work.

Understand the Procedure

Rhinoplasty procedures are typically performed while the patient is sedated with a local or general anesthesia. This is based on the patient’s preference and what is surgically being done. There are two approaches that the surgery can take: closed or open.

The closed approach is also referred to as an endonasal at approach. This method requires the incisions  to be placed inside of the nostrils so that no scarring is visible 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.

The open approach also requires incisions to be made inside of the nose, but they are joined by others at the base of the nose. More accuracy is available with this procedure, 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.

Understand Your Recovery

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure. A nasal splint will be placed on the nose after surgery as well as other gauze and dressings which can usually be removed after one week. The large amount of packing that is placed in the nose after surgery can usually be removed the next day. Swelling and bruising is common. The swelling can continue in small amounts for up to one year after the surgery. The final results will not be achieved until after one year after the surgery. Strenuous exercise should be avoided because it can increase swelling and bruising in the nose. Social activities can be resumed three weeks after surgery and no one will notice the procedure was completed.

Understand the Risks 

Rhinoplasty, like all surgery, has risks that you need to know about. Potential risks of rhinoplasty may include excessive bleeding, infection, changes in sensitivity such as numbness or hypersensitivity, nasal blockage, and adverse anesthesia reactions. Choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon can help to minimize your risk of complications.

If you feel that rhinoplasty is right for you, contact Dr. Masri today. The Masri Clinic is experienced in rhinoplasty procedures and can help you achieve the nose you've always desired.  Contact Dr. Masri and his staff at 866-487-3223.

Rhinoplasty RisksYou might not want to think about the risks of rhinoplasty. Although the potential for risks or complications can be greatly minimized by doing your research and finding a qualified, board certified facial plastic surgeon to perform the surgery, it's still worthwhile to have an understanding of what they are and the ways you can minimize or avoid them.

Bleeding and Infection

The good news about medical complications, such as bleeding or infection, and rhinoplasty is that they are relatively rare, occurring in just a handful of cases. Of course, if you experience an issue such as bleeding or an infection after surgery, knowing that you're one of just a few might not necessarily be good news.

There are several ways to minimize the risk of bleeding or developing a hematoma, a collection of pooled blood beneath the skin, after rhinoplasty. Your surgeon will advise you  to avoid certain medications, such as aspirin, which make bleeding more likely to occur.  Treating your nose very gently and avoiding blowing it or forcing air through it in the days following surgery will also help you avoiding excessive bleeding. It's worth pointing out that there is usually some mild bleeding after rhinoplasty, and you shouldn't get alarmed if you notice a small amount of blood a couple of days after your surgery.

Infection can occur after rhinoplasty if the healing area is exposed to any sort of bad bacteria. To minimize the risk of infection, your surgeon might give you an antibiotic to take. Take the medicine as directed to give yourself the most protection. Keep an eye on how you feel, too. A high fever can often be a sign of infection, for example. If anything seems off or if you feel unwell, contact your surgeon to find out what you should do.

Scarring Problems

The incisions made during a closed rhinoplasty are generally inside the nose, meaning any scarring will be well concealed by the nose itself. An incision made across the columella, which divides the nostrils, during an open rhinoplasty. Under usual circumstances, the scar that develops as the nose heals from an open surgery is usually not very noticeable.

But, some circumstance can occur that make scarring worse. For example, some people naturally have difficulty when it comes to developing scar tissue and the scar  on the underside of their nose might grow beyond its boundaries. In other instances, external factors can make scarring more prominent, such as sun exposure. Limiting your time in the sun and using sunscreen will help you avoid any issues with scarring.

Functional Difficulties

Another potential risk after rhinoplasty is that the way your nose functions will be somehow affected. Although the goal of surgery for many patients is to correct any breathing issues in the nose, for others, the surgery might make nasal blockage worse or make it more challenging to breathe.

It might take some time for you to realize that you are having increased trouble breathing after rhinoplasty. A feeling of stuffiness or congestion is common during the initial recovery period after the surgery. If those problems don't improve you recover, it might be something you want to bring up with a surgeon. It could be that the surgery moved your septum or otherwise created a blockage in the nasal passages.

Anesthesia Issues

Issues from or reactions to anesthesia are very rare, but can happen. If you have a history of allergic reactions to anesthesia or have close family members who have had reactions to anesthesia, that is something you should mention to the surgeon during your consultation. He might recommend a different option, such as IV sedation, instead of general anesthesia, instead.

Even if you have no  history of problems with anesthesia, it's a good idea to follow the instructions your surgeon gives you before surgery, particularly in regards to eating and drinking. It's usually recommended that you not eat or drink for several hours before going under, to avoid complications that can occur when the esophagus relaxes.

You Might Not Like the Results

One final rhinoplasty risk: you might not like the way you look afterwards. Cosmetic complications after surgery are actually more common than medical complications and can occur for a few reasons. In some cases, it might be that the surgeon made an error, resulting in a crooked nose or a drooping tip. In other cases, it could be that your expectations for the surgery weren't in line with reality.

Aside from choosing an experienced and board certified facial plastic surgeon, there are ways to minimize the chance that you won't be happy with your results. Computer imaging can give both you and the surgeon the ability to see what  changes can be made to your nose, and how they will look, before surgery. Reviewing before and after pictures of previous patients will also give you an idea of the surgeon's ability when it comes to performing rhinoplasty.

Discuss Your Options

With the versatility of rhinoplasty today, the procedure must be customized to suit the needs of each patient. Your first step in the process is to discuss your options for rhinoplasty with a qualified, board certified facial plastic surgeon. During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to present your goals for surgery, get advice, and ask questions about the procedure.

Dr. Haitham Masri, of the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery is a triple board certified surgeon with decades of experience in helping patients reach their rhinoplasty goals. If you would like to discuss your goals for surgery with Dr. Masri, call (866) 487-3223 today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Dermal Fillers and RhinoplastyDermal filler injections like Botox, Dysport, and Juvederm are used thousands of times a year to help patients look younger and feel great about their appearance. They are typically used to treat wrinkles or add more volume to certain areas of the face. There is also a less common use for some types of injections – nonsurgical rhinoplasty.

Also known as the liquid nose job, nonsurgical rhinoplasty got its start back in the early 19th century as a way to improve the outward appearance of the nose. That concept continues to be the objective today, though with a much more refined technique and better quality of injectable materials. The procedure involves altering the soft tissue of the nose by strategically injecting the fillers into the affected areas.

There are several options that rhinoplasty surgeons can use for nonsurgical rhinoplasty, including Juvederm, Sculptra, and Radiesse. These fillers are designed to add volume to the soft tissue of the face without surgery. They are easily applied under a local or general anesthetic, depending on how much work the patient’s nose actually needs. The filler is carefully injected with a controlled amount to prevent any disfiguration and then the surgeon will gently massage and shape the filler to create the outward shape of the nose.

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is far less common than other types of rhinoplasty because it is more limited. The fillers will only change the outward appearance of the nose, not the underlying bone and cartilage. Dermal fillers are also not a permanent solution; they do wear off over time and have to be reapplied to keep the results. Because the fillers are adding more material to your nose, it can make the nose bigger in both size and volume, so if you are worried that your nose is already too big, nonsurgical rhinoplasty is not going to improve that.

However, there are decided benefits to having nonsurgical rhinoplasty over surgical. One of the biggest advantages is the lower cost. Surgical rhinoplasty costs thousands of dollars; whereas, nonsurgical rhinoplasty will be a few hundred. There is also little to no recovery time needed for nonsurgical rhinoplasty. The injections only take a short time to apply and then you are out the door, compared to surgical rhinoplasty which can take up to two years for a complete recovery. Unlike surgical rhinoplasty, the results of nonsurgical rhinoplasty can be adjusted; fillers can be removed or reapplied as needed to get the best looking results. Nonsurgical rhinoplasty can also be a good option if you have been considering surgical rhinoplasty, but aren’t sure you want to go through with it. The dermal filler results can give you an idea of what your nose could look like after the more permanent surgical rhinoplasty without having to speculate your appearance.

The most common problems with the external shape of the nose that are corrected with nonsurgical rhinoplasty include minor bumps or dents in the nasal bridge, raising the height of the nasal bridge to give the nose more definition, or making slight adjustments to the shape of the nasal tip. Anything more drastic will likely require surgical rhinoplasty to physically change the shape and size of the nose.

Whether you are choosing nonsurgical or surgical rhinoplasty, it’s important to choose a surgeon who is experienced in nose shaping and using dermal filler injections. Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery offers both rhinoplasty and dermal filler injections, as well as a wide variety of other surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Dr. Haitham Masri has been a plastic surgeon for many years and has cultivated a great deal of experience while working with thousands of patients.  For a consultation, call (866) 487-3223.

Modern RhinoplastyPlastic surgery as it exists today is a relatively new concept, but some procedures, including rhinoplasty, have roots in ancient time. Rhinoplasty has a long, rich, and fascinating history that spans thousands of years, and proves that even in ancient times, people were worried about the aesthetics of the nose. So what were the earliest rhinoplasties like? And how do we know anything about them to begin with? Are there any ancient techniques that are still used today? 

The First Rhinoplasty: India 

The first known rhinoplasty procedures were performed in India, stretching back as far as the 6th Century BC. These initial procedures were done for reconstructive purposes, and a piece of skin from the cheek was used to build up and re-shape a new nose. This type of “flap” technique is used in many reconstructive procedures today.

How Do We Know What Happened? 

Fortunately, the ayurvedic (holistic) physician who performed the surgery was an excellent record-keeper. His name was Sushruta, and he was the author of a foundational medical text known as Sushruta Samhita. There may have been other rhinoplasty procedures performed prior to this time, but Sushruta’s technique was the first ever recorded.

Western Emergence: Out of Necessity 

Back before many effective drugs were available for treating various ailments, people often became disfigured from disease that could not be stopped before it advanced. Rhinoplasty emerged in the Western world mostly due to a particularly nasty disease that was known to attack the soft tissue of the nose over time: syphilis. In fact, syphilis was so rampant, that even people who had lost their noses from other causes were often thought to have the disease.

Stigma and the Reconstruction of the Nose 

Rhinoplasty emerged in response to the syphilis problem as a way to combat prejudice and social stigma for people who had severely disfigured noses. In the past, people who had these kinds of disfigurements were considered diseased and infectious, regardless of the cause of the disfigurement. Thus, any kind of chance at reconstruction was embraced.

Rhinoplasty has always been used for reconstruction, typically to build up a nose that has been under severe trauma and is missing tissue. In ancient rhinoplasty, techniques were rudimentary and the results unconvincing. As centuries passed, however, techniques became more refined, and results began to look more natural. Reconstructive rhinoplasty has historically been popular for repairing trauma related to illness, accident, and warfare.

Modern Cosmetic & Reconstructive Rhinoplasty

Today, skilled plastic surgeons can produce stunning cosmetic and reconstructive rhinoplasty results that look very natural. With modern techniques like cartilage grafting, advanced skin flap methods, and manipulation of the nasal structure, it is possible to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results for most rhinoplasty patients. Modern rhinoplasty is a versatile procedure, and can accomplish a wide variety of goals, depending on the patient’s needs. The key is finding an experienced surgeon to perform the procedure. Rhinoplasty is still an extremely difficult surgery, despite all the modern conveniences we enjoy, so it is important to choose a facial plastic surgery specialist to perform the surgery

Discuss Your Options 

With the versatility of rhinoplasty today, the procedure must be customized to suit the needs of each patient. Your first step in the process is to discuss your options for rhinoplasty with a qualified, board certified facial plastic surgeon. During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to present your goals for surgery, get advice, and ask questions about the procedure. 

Dr. Haitham Masri, of the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery is a triple board certified surgeon with decades of experience in helping patients reach their rhinoplasty goals. If you would like to discuss your goals for surgery with Dr. Masri, call (866) 487-3223 today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

How Rhinoplasty Can Help With Common Breathing ProblemsWhen most people think of a “nose job” the first thing that comes to mind is a purely cosmetic procedure used to improve the appearance of the nose. However, rhinoplasty (nose reshaping surgery) is an extremely versatile procedure that can make many positive changes in the appearance and/or function of the nose. Functional rhinoplasty is a popular and useful procedure that is used to resolve or at least improve common breathing problems and improve overall quality of life. But what kinds of defects and breathing problems can rhinoplasty solve, and is it a good option for you?

Common Breathing Problems

While there are many reasons people can have breathing problems, some causes are more common than others. Here are some of the more common problems that can occur, along with the ways they can be improved or even solved with functional rhinoplasty surgery.

Deviated Septum

An extremely prevalent nasal deformity, a deviated septum can range from very mild and nearly imperceptible to severe and significantly affecting nasal function. Nearly everyone has at least a slight deviation, or crookedness in the wall separating the nostrils (the septum), but it can greatly impact quality of life when the crookedness is severe. Rhinoplasty can be used to straighten out the septum for better breathing. In extreme cases of deviated septum, improving the problem can also improve nasal aesthetics.

Enlarged Turbinates

The turbinates are bony structures within the nose that protect the nose and filter and heat incoming air to make it more comfortable for the body to use. Sometimes, swelling in the turbinates is caused by allergies or other irritants, but enlarged turbinates can also be a chronic problem, which is often related to a deviated septum. Rhinoplasty can help normalize the size of the turbinates for more comfortable breathing.

Nasal Deformities

Nasal deformities can be present from birth, or they can be caused by traumatic injury or disease. Regardless of the cause, these deformities can cause breathing problems. The procedure will vary from patient to patient because this type of problem is so individual, and may require reconstructive techniques. Only a highly skilled and experienced surgeon has the flexibility and knowledge to take on this sort of case.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes the sufferer to stop breathing at intervals during sleep. These intervals determine the severity of the problem in the individual patient, and severe sleep apnea can greatly affect the quality of life of these patients. Sleep apnea interrupts the sleep cycle every time respiration ceases, which can lead to sleep deprivation and a whole host of issues that go with it. The problem is usually controlled with a breathing machine, but rhinoplasty can help some patients breathe better and reduce the severity of the issue. It is best to seek out a surgeon with expertise in both plastic surgery and ear, nose, and throat issues to perform this type of operation.

How It Works

Rhinoplasty today is typically performed using the “open” technique these days, which involves a small incision that runs across the small strip of skin separating the nostrils. This scar fades to be nearly invisible after recovery from the procedure is complete. The surgeon will remove and rearrange bone, cartilage, and skin to preserve the nasal structure and address any breathing problems. The surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia and sedation, but general anesthesia is available at the patient's request.

Recovery

Recovery from rhinoplasty is much easier these days than it once was. Typically, nasal packing is no longer necessary, and only a splint must be worn for about a week. Patients are able to be social within about 2-3 weeks, with residual swelling fading over the year following rhinoplasty. Strenuous activity must be suspended for 3-6 weeks after surgery to prevent complications, including increased swelling and bruising.

Combining Benefits

When many people choose to move forward with functional rhinoplasty, they also elect to have cosmetic work done on the nose. This is a great opportunity for patients who have long had issues with their nasal aesthetics, as both problems can be addressed at once. This results in lower costs for patients and only one recovery period. However, patients seeking insurance reimbursement for functional rhinoplasty should be aware that cosmetic changes to the nose will not be covered, even when performed at the same time as functional rhinoplasty.

Choosing a Surgeon

When it comes to rhinoplasty, you should leave nothing to chance. Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult procedures to perform, and only an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon will have the skills to give you the results you seek. If you would like to speak with an expert about your procedure, come to Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery and meet with our rhinoplasty expert, Dr. Haitham Masri. Dr. Masri is uniquely qualified for rhinoplasty, with over two decades of experience and triple board certification in plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and sleep medicine.  To schedule your free consultation with Dr. Masri, call 866-487-3223 today to make an appointment at our Dearborn or Birmingham, MI locations.

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