March 2021

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Rhinoplasty For Aesthetic And Medical Purposes

Commonly known as a “nose job” rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that focuses on improving the look and function of your nose. It is a challenging procedure that some cosmetic surgeons opt to avoid performing, due to the intricate connection between form and function in our noses. Treatments that are intended to improve the appearance of our nose can impact function, while those aiming to improve function can impact its appearance. As a result it’s critical that you find a skilled and qualified cosmetic surgeon when seeking to have this procedure performed.

Rhinoplasty is often used for medical as well as cosmetic purposes

The Two Types Of Rhinoplasty And What They’re Used To Treat

While there are a range of different procedures that fall under the practice of rhinoplasty, they are all performed using one of two techniques. These techniques are known as open (or external) rhinoplasty, and internal rhinoplasty. These terms described the approach taken in treating the nose, and where the incisions are made to reach the treatment area.

  • Closed Rhinoplasty – During a closed rhinoplasty an incision is made inside the nostril to reach the target area. These surgeries tend to be shorter, leave no external scarring, and tend to produce less swelling than the external counterpart.
  • Open Rhinoplasty – This procedure starts with an incision made in the flesh between the nostrils known as a columella. This approach is used when a clear view of the nasal structures are needed, and is often used when working to correct deformities or as part of a revision surgery. While many worry the external incision may cause scarring, its often impossible to see when the incision has been carefully closed.

Rhinoplasty is typically thought of as a purely cosmetic procedure, but it has many medical applications as well. Whether for medical or cosmetic reasons, the procedure is almost always performed by a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in the procedure. Common concerns that are addressed with rhinoplasty include:

  • Breathing Difficulty – One common ailment treated with rhinoplasty is difficulties with breathing. It’s not uncommon for those undergoing a cosmetic procedure to also have this condition treated, or vice versa. A common cause of breathing difficulty is a crooked septum, which can lead to postnasal drip, congestion, and snoring.
  • Wide Nasal Bridge – Cosmetic surgery can reshape the nose, reducing the breadth of your nasal bridge to produce a narrower ridge.
  • Large Nose – Those who find their nose unappealingly large can often have its size reduced through the use of rhinoplasty.
  • Unappealing Features – Is your nose too hooked? Bulbous? Does it turn up unattractively at the end? Rhinoplasty can help.

Rhinoplasty procedures are performed over 85,000 times every year in the US

Recovery and Risk of Scarring From Rhinoplasty

One concern presented by many rhinoplasty patients is that of scarring. As mentioned above scarring is essentially a non-issue during a closed rhinoplasty, and there is minimal concern with an open rhinoplasty when the procedure is performed by a skilled physician. Recovery times are typically short, with no time off work needed for the majority of procedures. Your recovery process will be discussed with your surgeon prior to the procedure.

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Polish Your Perfect Summer Tummy With Abdominoplasty

When you’ve been struggling at the gym, counting your calories, and doing enough crunches to power a small city, it can be frustrating to still find loose skin and stubborn fat clinging on. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we need a little help to achieve the taut, smooth stomach that we dream of. For many patients, this is when it comes time to seek help from a qualified plastic surgeon. If you’re stuck at a plateau or have stubborn loose skin remaining, an abdominoplasty may be just the thing to polish off all that hard work.

Things To Consider When Looking Into Getting Abdominoplasty

Commonly referred to by the term tummy tuck, an abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that eliminates extra fat and and tightens the skin and abdominal wall. This procedure is major surgery, so it should only be sought when all other efforts have failed and you’re certain that you’ll have the time to recover properly. Unlike liposuction, abdominoplasty is not an alternative to fat loss but a complete solution that can help serve as the final coup in the battle of the bulge. Those who are good candidates for abdominoplasty include:

  • Women who have loose skin from several pregnancies
  • Men and women who struggled with obesity and have lost substantial weight
  • Those who are struggling to eliminate stubborn deposits of fat and loose skin

Those who are described by the above may find that abdominoplasty is the solution they’re looking for. However, there are some reasons that those who otherwise could benefit from this procedure should avoid it. These reasons include:

  • Women planning to have more children
  • Those who wish to avoid the obvious scar that’s common with abdominoplasty
  • Those who still have a substantial amount of weight to lose
  • Those unable to take the necessary time off to recover

The work done on the muscles during an abdominoplasty can lead to problems during future pregnancies, including hernia and separation. If you’re still certain you want to proceed with an abdominoplasty, then it’s time to reach out to a professional for the procedure.

What To Expect During Recovery From Abdominoplasty

As mentioned above, an abdominoplasty is major surgery, and the recovery time is substantial. Many patients indicate that it often takes months for them to return to feeling normal. The toll it takes on your body, the emotional impacts, and the financial costs all take their toll. The healing process typically begins with begin with donning an abdominal pressure garment. During your procedure, a number of drain tubes will be inserted to help eliminate fluids that will build up during the healing process. The garment will generally be worn for the majority of six weeks, being removed only to shower once the drainage tubes have been removed. Sponge baths are advised until this time is reached, and a shower chair is advisable during recovery. Following your abdominoplasty, a proper diet is more important than ever, and a proper exercise routine should be returned to once the garment is ready to be removed permanently. Be sure to check in regularly with your plastic surgeon and take your prescribed medication on schedule.

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