The nose is the central, most prominent feature of the face and a major factor in defining balance and harmony among facial features. When the nose is out of proportion with other facial features or the nose does not complement the face, it can affect self-image and confidence. In most cases, the specific characteristics of the nose are a result of heredity; however, the appearance of the nose may sometimes be the result of injury or prior surgery. If you are bothered by the size or shape of your nose, then cosmetic surgery of the nose, or rhinoplasty, may be right for you. In general, rhinoplasty improves the appearance and proportion of the nose, enhancing facial harmony and self-confidence. Surgery of the nose may also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.
Where do I Begin?
A consultation with Dr. Sena is the first step to learn how surgery of the nose can improve the appearance of your nose and facial harmony, or how surgery of the nose can improve your breathing function. A consultation is designed to fully educate you in a non-pressured environment, and will include:
• A discussion of your primary concerns and an evaluation of your individual case
• The options available for surgery of the nose
• The likely outcomes of surgery and any risks or potential complications
• The course of treatment recommended by Dr. Sena
Dr. Sena will also answer any specific questions you may have.
What to Expect
Surgery of the nose will be performed in Dr. Sena’s office. The decision for anesthesia will be based on the requirements of your specific procedure and considerations of patient and surgeon preference. Dr. Sena and his assisting staff will fully attend to your comfort and safety.
Following Nose Surgery
Once your procedure is completed, a splint and/or packing will likely be placed in your nose and a splint or bandages placed on the outside to support and protect the new structures during initial healing. Before you are released following surgery, you and an accompanying responsible family member, friend or caregiver will be given specific instructions that may include:
• How to care for the surgical site
• Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
• Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
• When to follow up with Dr. Sena
Results and Outlook
The outcome of your nose surgery will appear gradually over time. At a minimum, a year is considered normal for the outcome of surgery of the nose to fully refine. In general, the results of nose surgery are permanent; however, cartilage, the main supporting structure of the nose, is continually growing and moving tissue that may change the outcome over time. You should be pleased with the improved balance among your facial features resulting from surgery of the nose. Achieving your personal goals for an enhanced appearance will likely increase your self-confidence.