Rhinoplasty can restore balance to your facial profile by improving nose proportions and correcting asymmetries. Nose surgery is one of the most commonly requested facial rejuvenation procedures due to its ability to address a wide range of cosmetic concerns. Undergoing rhinoplasty can restore a sense of confidence in one’s facial profile. Dr. Christopher Killingsworth has years of experience performing rhinoplasty surgery for his Atlanta patients.*
WHAT IS RHINOPLASTY?
Nose surgery was one of the first facial aesthetic operations ever performed and today it is among the most frequent plastic surgeries. At Killingsworth Center for Plastic Surgery, we offer rhinoplasty surgery to patients to give them not only a new appearance, but also a new outlook on life. Rhinoplasty is designed to improve the appearance and proportion of the nose so that it is balanced with your facial features. Sometimes referred to as a nose reshaping or a nose job, rhinoplasty is one of the most technically challenging facial operations due to the difficulty of removing, adding, rearranging, and / or reshaping cartilage and bone without compromising the function of the nose.*
Some of the common cosmetic reasons a person seeks nose surgery include:
- Correcting size and proportion
- Improving depressions or dorsum humps
- Balancing out asymmetries
- Modifying a droopy nose tip
- Widening a flat nasal bridge
- Enhancing ethnic identity
Some people do not give the appearance of their nose a second thought, but for countless others, the nose can be a cosmetic concern. Genetics, accidents, injuries, illnesses, functional deformities, and aging can all affect the look of your nose. As you get older, your nose tends to elongate, with the skin becoming thicker and less elastic. This loss of support occurs on the lower one-third of the nose, causing the tip mechanisms to weaken, which can lead to a dorsal hump, decreased tip projection, a longer nose, and tip ptosis (sagging). Other common imperfections include noses that are too short, large, crooked, wide, narrow, bumpy, flat, or droopy, while some nasal profiles tilt up to such an extent that their shape is referred to as a “ski-slope” nose. Rhinoplasty surgery can correct a multitude of cosmetic and functional concerns.*
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF RHINOPLASTY SURGERY?*
While many patients want to improve the genetic aspects of their nose, rhinoplasty can also correct functional issues, such as limited nasal airflow resulting from abnormal nasal structures and breathing difficulties due to a deviated septum. Made of cartilage and bone, the septum is the wall between your two nostrils dividing the nasal cavity into halves; the ideal nasal septum is straight, while a deviated septum occurs when the septum shifts away from the midline, affecting nasal breathing. Another breathing issue occurs when one or both sides of your nose collapse inward when you breathe. This condition is called nasal valve collapse or nasal vestibular stenosis. Both of these conditions can be corrected during nose surgery.*
Reconstructive rhinoplasty is another type of nose surgery performed to correct a severe deformity of the nose that is related to injury, trauma, or cancer. Revision (secondary) rhinoplasty is designed to correct a previous rhinoplasty that, in many cases, involves the replacement of large amounts of cartilage removed during the first procedure.*
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR NOSE SURGERY?
With all of the different types of rhinoplasty surgery available, Dr. Killingsworth will individualize a treatment plan to meet all of your needs and expectations. During your consultation, you will be encouraged to bring photographs of celebrities or other people whose noses you like (and do not like), so Dr. Killingsworth can better comprehend your goals and determine if they are realistic. It is important you understand that what might look good on one person may not be right for your facial profile and personal anatomy. With Dr. Killingsworth’s expertise and advice, together you will decide on the proper procedure(s) that can provide the most rewarding and satisfying outcome.*
HOW IS RHINOPLASTY PERFORMED?
Rhinoplasty surgeries are usually considered outpatient procedures that can take from one to three hours to complete, depending on the type of nose surgery you have, as well as the degree of correction involved. Rhinoplasty is typically performed using local anesthesia with intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia, although a revision rhinoplasty may involve general anesthesia because it is a more complicated surgery.
WHAT ARE MY NOSE SURGERY OPTIONS?*
All rhinoplasty surgeries are performed using predominantly internal incisions and the different methods include:
- Closed Rhinoplasty: During a closed nose surgery, incisions are hidden inside the nose, and much of the operation is performed without actually being able to see the tissues being modified.
- Open Rhinoplasty: During an open nose surgery, the incision is made across the columella (the narrow, vertical strip of tissue that separates the nostrils); this enables Dr. Killingsworth to see everything that needs to be modified. In an open rhinoplasty, Dr. Killingsworth usually removes less cartilage and adds more structure to the nasal tip, strengthening the underlying architecture to prevent twisting and other adverse changes as you age.
After the choice of incision is made to complete your nose surgery, Dr. Killingsworth will lift the soft tissues that cover your nose, allowing access to reshape the structure. After this is complete, your nasal skin and tissue are re-draped, and the incisions are closed. Your rhinoplasty surgeon will then apply nasal packing to help reduce swelling and bleeding.
For most patients, although black and blue around the eyes, they are able to return to work within ten days. Much of the swelling will be gone in three to six weeks, but it is important to understand that it may take months for all of the swelling to dissipate, and you will be given pre and post-operative instructions designed to decrease the risk of bleeding, help alleviate your swelling, and optimize your comfort. After your nose surgery, the nasal structures may be weaker, and a nasal injury may severely damage your nose, so you must be very careful to prevent this from happening. At Killingsworth Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Killingsworth’s goal is to always give you a natural-looking nose – not a nose that has an operated look. Dr. Killingsworth takes great pride in knowing that his patients are happy with the results.*
HOW MUCH DOES RHINOPLASTY IN ATLANTA COST?
Certain rhinoplasty surgeries are covered by medical insurance, but you will need a personal consultation with Dr. Killingsworth to determine if your procedure is medically necessary. You are responsible for any remaining balance after the claim is processed by your insurance. If the nose surgery is considered cosmetic, you are responsible for the full cost of your rhinoplasty. We accept payment by cash, personal check, credit card, CareCredit®, and Alphaeon® Credit financing.
HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH RHINOPLASTY IN ATLANTA?
Dr. Christopher Killingsworth and his staff of plastic surgery professionals would be happy to help you set up a personal consultation to discuss nose surgery in more detail. Contact our Atlanta office at 678-208-6008, our Cumming, GA office at 678.400.0302, or request an appointment online today.