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 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.
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.
Revision surgery means correcting or revising a previous surgery that did not meet the patient’s expectations or had a compromise in nasal functionality. This adds difficulty to this challenging operation, but Dr. Compton has experience tackling these complicated nasal cases. This is where his years of in depth nasal surgery training are critical to obtain a good result.
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"Like most people I was worried about an unnatural look after having plastic surgery, but the subtle changes that Dr. Compton provided, made a big difference in what I saw in the mirror. I have more confidence now as I am no longer thinking about my problem areas. I am very happy with the outcome, thank you Dr. Compton."