Rhinoplasty at a Glance
Rhinoplasty involves changing size, shape, and/or position of your nose. If you are experiencing breathing problems, straightening or removal of a deviated septum may also be performed. The changes in shape and size that can be accomplished are wide-ranging. Humps on the surface of the nose can be removed, and nasal tips can be made less bulbous or protuberant. The width of your nasal passages can also be narrowed. Dr. Flint can change your nostril shape to decrease flaring, as well.
What to Expect
Dr. Flint uses board certified anesthesiologists to provide a general anesthesia. During the procedure, she makes a very small, well-hidden incision under your nose between your nostrils. She reshapes the cartilage and may alter the position of your nasal bones. The procedure takes between one and three hours.
Preparing for a Rhinoplasty
During your consultation, you will meet with Dr. Flint to discuss your desires and the goals of your rhinoplasty procedure. We will take photos and answer all of your questions. You will be provided with a written quotation of the fees associated. Then you will have an opportunity to select a date for your surgery, if you desire.
Scottsdale Rhinoplasty Recovery
Upon awakening in the recovery room, you will have a splint on your nose. Nasal packing is not required unless you had the surgery to correct obstructed breathing. Swelling and bruising around your nose and eyes are treated with ice packs. Generally discomfort is very mild. Bruising generally resolves within a week to ten days. You will notice the improvements in your nose early in the post-operative period, but the shape and refinements will continue to improve throughout the first year. You may return to heavy activities three weeks post-operatively.