What are My Options?
Your procedure is as unique as you are, which means your underlying nasal skeleton and your desired changes will determine which technique is used. During your personal consultation, Dr. Stein, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, will help you decide which method will best enhance your natural beauty. Although final results may take up to a year or more to see, when performed by a skilled surgeon, rhinoplasty is considered a lifetime procedure.
Open rhinoplasty allows for more complete access to the nasal structures to sculpt the nose into the desired shape. A secondary benefit of this method is that the chances of nasal cartilage distortion are greatly reduced. Generally used for more extensive reshaping, patients who want significant changes to the shape, size or position of their nose are ideal candidates for this procedure.
The obvious downside to an open rhinoplasty is that visible scarring is more likely. In most cases, Dr. Stein is able to hide scars in the natural creases or contours of the nose. Downtime following an open rhinoplasty may be as little as 7-10 days before patients are able to return to work. It may take up to two weeks to resume social activities.