Rhinoplasty in Rancho Cucamonga

Dr. Haiavy uses a variety of techniques to correct cosmetic and medical concerns of the nose

The nose is one of the most prominent features of your face. At Inland Cosmetic Surgery in Rancho Cucamonga, California, men and women who are dissatisfied with the shape or size of their nose can improve their appearance through a procedure called rhinoplasty.

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What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure in which deformities of the nose are corrected by removing, recontouring, or rearranging bone and cartilage. Nasal deformities can be a result of inheritance, trauma, or a birth defect as in cleft deformities. In addition to the aesthetic reasons, patients seeking surgery may have a functional problem, such as breathing obstruction, which can be corrected by the operation.

During the consultation, we will discuss your expectations and how the nose should look in relation to other facial features. It is important to remember that the goal of surgery is not to achieve perfection but rather to improve the appearance. Photographs and computer imaging are frequently used for this operation to help you visualize the anticipated result and help your surgeon understand your goals.

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What happens during rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty can be performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. Depending on your individual needs, Dr. Haiavy will be able to make most incisions inside of the nose so you don’t have to worry about visible scarring. In some cases, a small incision may be made at the base of the nose just above the lip, but this area typically heals well and is rarely visible.

Each operation is different, but essentially, by removing, reshaping, and sometimes adding to the nasal bones and cartilages, we are able to modify the framework of the nose to create a more attractive, proportionate appearance.

Do I need a septoplasty or turbinoplasty?

Sometimes, your concerns with your nose may be more internal, such as difficulty breathing or a nasal obstruction. Nasal obstruction is a fairly common condition that can greatly impact quality of life for those dealing with it. Difficulty breathing properly through the nose can lead to congestion, dry mouth, snoring, and troubles getting a full night’s sleep. Common causes of nasal obstruction are:

  • Narrow nasal passages
  • Deviated septum (the cartilage and bone structure that separates your nasal passage is crooked or off-center)
  • Enlarged turbinates (turbinates are made of tissue and bone and if either is enlarged, it can physically block airflow)

During your consultation, we will first evaluate your concerns and examine your nose to diagnose your issue. Dr. Haiavy will then discuss your options with you and design a treatment plan that has the greatest success of improving the function and appearance of your nose as needed.

To correct a deviated septum with septoplasty, your cosmetic surgeon will make a very small incision either just within the inside of the nostril ahead of the septum or directly over the septal cartilage, depending on your natural nasal anatomy and the severity of your deviated septum. In either situation, there are no incisions made outside of the nose so there is no risk of visible scarring.  Through this incision, your surgeon will straighten and reshape the deviated cartilage and bone. Occasionally, a small amount of the bone or cartilage will need to be removed. Once the desired result has been achieved, a few stitches will be used to close the incision and a splint or packing may be applied.

To reduce the size of turbinates with turbinoplasty, your surgeon will remove a portion of the turbinate, making sure to leave enough intact so that it can continue its job of warming and humidifying airflow through the nose. This procedure is often combined with septoplasty to ensure the greatest improvement in breathing.

Rhinoplasty recovery

After your procedure, we’ll place a small plastic splint over your nose, which will remain in place for about a week. You will be able to return home the same day, though it’s normal to feel groggy and require a little help getting around the house for the first night. You’ll be able to bathe normally as long as you don’t irritate the nose area, though you’ll likely want to take it easy for a few days.

It’s normal to experience some swelling, bruising, and stuffiness after surgery, with most patients seeing bruising lessen over the course of about two weeks. Pain associated with the procedure is mild to moderate and is well controlled with oral medication. The majority of swelling resolves with in three to six weeks, but your nose will continue to improve for as long as a year after the operation.

Because every procedure is individualized to each unique patient, recovery can differ. For instance, in situations where we only need to operate on cartilage, recovery is quicker and swelling and bruising are minimal. You’ll be provided with aftercare instructions specific to your procedure for cleaning out the nostrils to ensure your incisions heal properly, and it’s important to follow your surgeon’s directions to a T.

During the healing process, great care must be taken to protect the nose from injury and eyeglasses should be adjusted to minimize pressure on the nose. Although patients are up and around the day after the procedure, strenuous exercise, particularly those that might elevate the blood pressure, must be avoided for four to six weeks. Most patients can return to their daily activities within one week.

Learn more about rhinoplasty in the Inland Empire

We would love to help you explore your options during a private consultation with Dr. Haiavy. Together, we can discuss your options and come up with the perfect treatment plan for you. Contact us today to schedule—we can’t wait to meet you!