Your nose should be the center of your face, not the center of attention. If you would like to change a family trait or simply improve your breathing, nasal surgery (rhinoplasty) may be the answer. Rhinoplasty is the type of nasal surgery that can change the shape of the nose by decreasing or increasing the size, restore nasal breathing, straighten a curved nose, reduce a bump or refine the tip of the nose. This type of surgery can correct injuries to the nose caused by sports or other types of trauma.
Rhinoplasty is the most common type of plastic surgery performed in the United States and is considered by many to be one of the most difficult operations done in modern times. This is due to the dual role of the nose in both function and aesthetics. It is a prominent feature on your face that is seen by everyone that meets you. A natural looking, proportional nose that functions well, is the overall goal. A good rhinoplasty results in a nose that fits the face, but does not draw attention; allowing the observer to focus on the eyes.
Dr. Andrew M Compton is considered Mid-Michigan’s leading expert in rhinoplasty surgery. His knowledge of both the cosmetic and airway considerations allows him to provide a natural looking nose that meets patients’ expectations, while preserving nasal breathing. He is also a sinus surgeon so he has a full understanding of the nose and its functions. He has performed over 900 nasal surgeries including rhinoplasty, septoplasty and nasal reconstruction after trauma or cancer.
The indications for rhinoplasty surgery can be divided into 2 major categories, restricted nasal breathing and unappealing nasal appearance. One or both of these may be desired by a patient. If a patient wants to change the appearance of their nose for a more pleasing aesthetic or to fit more proportionally with his or her other facial features, it is considered cosmetic rhinoplasty.
This type of surgery can greatly improve one’s appearance and offer significantly improved self esteem and self confidence. This type of surgery can be performed once the nasal cartilage has reached its full growth, usually around 15- 16 years of age. Cosmetic rhinoplasty is considered elective surgery – in other words, it is not mandatory that you have the surgery.
During your personalized consultation with Dr. Compton, he will ask you about your medical history and if you have had any previous surgeries. He will also ask if you are taking any medications, including aspirin or ibuprofen. It is important to stop taking these before your surgery, as they increase the risk of bleeding during and after the procedure.
Dr. Compton will examine your nose during your consultation and discuss the best technique to use during your rhinoplasty. He will also answer any questions you may have about the procedure and/or aftercare instructions.
In general, rhinoplasty is performed on an out-patient basis, meaning patients go home the same day after surgery. The pain is easily controlled with prescription pain medications and is described by many patients as similar to a bad cold.
You will have tape and a cast on your nose for one week following the procedure and may have facial swelling and bruising. These typically resolve in the first 7-10 days but may be present for up to 14 days.
Generally, most swelling around the nose subsides within a few months. While you may be able to see results shortly after your procedure, it is important to note that you may not see the full results from your rhinoplasty for up to a year.
It is important to follow Dr. Compton’s aftercare instructions to ensure the healing process after your rhinoplasty goes as smoothly as possible.
The cost of rhinoplasty surgery depends on the techniques used during the procedure, as well as the amount of tissue removed and the time it takes to complete the procedure. If you have questions about the cost of this procedure, be sure to ask Dr. Compton during your consultation, as he will be happy to discuss the cost with you before your surgery.
If you are interested in learning more about rhinoplasty surgery and think you are a good candidate for this procedure, contact the office of Dr. Andrew Compton today. Dr. Compton is a double-board-certified cosmetic surgeon who will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about this procedure
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"If I could give him 10 stars I would, Dr. Compton is the best doctor there is. He is kind, caring and makes you feel welcome. He did a septo rhinoplasty on me and I couldn't be happier. He is an artist and he is truly amazing in every way."