Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) in Vancouver WA
In general, a rhinoplasty (nose job) is designed to improve the aesthetic appearance of the nose, but it can also be performed to improve breathing (see below). In most cases excess cartilage and bone is removed to provide a smaller, straighter, more aesthetic appearance. Occasionally tissue is added to the nose.
Rhinoplasty to Improve Breathing
Difficulty breathing through the nose is often associated with a deviated septum or other problem with the internal anatomy of the nose. This can sometimes be associated with prior trauma such as a broken nose.
Difficulty breathing and sinus problems can be caused by other conditions as well, and a careful diagnostic examination is needed before surgery. While individual insurance policies can vary, functional surgery to improve breathing is covered by many insurance plans. The cost of simultaneous correction of cosmetic deformities of the nose is usually not covered by insurance.
How Rhinoplasty is Performed
Surgery of the nose is performed either using a closed procedure, where incisions are hidden inside the nose, or an open procedure, where an incision is made across the columella, the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils.
Splints and internal tubes will likely support the nose as it begins to heal for approximately one week.
While initial swelling subsides within a few weeks, it may take up to a year for your new nasal contour to fully refine.
During this time you may notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose as it refines to a more permanent outcome. Swelling may come and go and worsen in the morning during the first year following your nose surgery.