Rhinoplasty is surgery to reshape the nose. It can be done for aesthetic reasons, to improve breathing or both. A rhinoplasty can be combined with septal, turbinate or even sinus surgery if indicated. Regardless of your motivation for having surgery our goal is to give you a nose that works well, looks natural and fits your face. Dr. Wolpoe has performed thousands of these procedures to address cosmetic and functional issues and has extensive experience addressing problems that run from very subtle to major deformities. Minor problems can be addressed via an endonasal (closed approach) but the vast majority of rhinoplasties are done with an open approach. During the procedure a small incision is made in between the nostrils and additional incisions inside the nose itself. These incisions are closed meticulously to create a nearly invisible scar.
Common aesthetic issues addressed with rhinoplasty include a crooked nose, humps and bumps, bulky or wide tips, as well as noses that are too big or too wide. Bottom line is that Dr. Wolpoe will work with you to create a surgical plan to address both your aesthetic and functional needs. Downtime can range from 1-2 weeks with most swelling gone in 3-4 weeks. However, more subtle changes, especially those in the tip can take a year to be fully apparent. Complications include asymmetries, poor healing and scarring with an overall revision rate of 10-20 percent. The vast majority of these are minor and often can be done in the office under local anesthesia. Less commonly this will require a more involved procedure. Data shows that the more of these procedures a surgeon does, the better the outcomes are for the patient. So trust your nose to a surgeon who does many of these procedures such as Dr. Wolpoe.