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How Rhinoplasty Surgery Works and What to Expect

Posted August 16, 2017 in Blog

On the day of surgery, you will go to the surgery center where you are having the procedure done. There, you will be checked in by the nursing staff. This process consists of you filling out several forms asking for an emergency contact number, current information, and any new pertinent medical information. A member of the medical team will want to ensure you have a driver with you. You will also have to sign a form indicating that you understand and accept the risks of the procedure if you have not already signed this form prior to the surgery day. You will then be asked to change into a gown, go to the bathroom, remove any contact lenses, dentures, or other small items you may be wearing. You will meet with your surgeon before the surgery begins and they will go over the procedure with you again and explain the anesthesia that will be used.

After this process, you will have an IV inserted by the nursing staff and they will also administer antibiotics to you as part of readying you for your surgery. Once in the operating room, the staff will prepare you for surgery. . The anesthesia team will then administer medications to relax you and put you to sleep. As you drift off, the anesthesia doctor may ask how you are feeling to provide them with additional feedback on how the anesthesia is working. The surgical team will then cleanse your skin with antibacterial solutions and place sterile drapes and towels around your face to also help prevent infection.

A rhinoplasty is designed to reshape the nose and make it appear more aesthetic. It can make the nose larger or smaller; change the angle of the nose in relation to the upper lip; alter the tip of the nose; or correct bumps, indentations, or other defects in the nose. During the rhinoplasty surgery, incisions are made to access the bones and cartilage that support the nose. The incisions are made inside the nose so that they are almost invisible after the surgery. Depending on the desired result, some bone and cartilage may be removed, or tissue may be added (either from another body party or synthetic filler). After reshaping the bone and cartilage, the skin tissue is redraped over the structure of the nose. A splint is then placed outside the nose to support the new shape of the nose as it heals. Most patients prefer general anesthesia but some may elect to have a “twilight sedation” or intravenous sedation. Rhinoplasty surgeries can change the size, shape, and angle of your nose and bring it into better proportion with the rest of your face. Rhinoplasty can also correct structural problems with the nose that cause chronic congestion and breathing problems.

If you are interested in scheduling a rhinoplasty surgery, please call Dr. Goldschmidt at (216)-264-8100 or fill out the contact form at the top of the page.

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