If you are considering rhinoplasty, you have everything to gain by learning as much as possible about the procedure before committing to surgery. After more than 30 years in practice, Dr. Fredric Newman in Darien, CT, has earned a reputation as a leading provider of rhinoplasty. He believes patient education is essential to the success of plastic surgery, and has created this rhinoplasty FAQ to help you gain a base understanding of the capabilities, recovery time, and other aspects of the procedure.
What can rhinoplasty accomplish?
Rhinoplasty can provide subtle refinements or alter the shape and size of the nose significantly. Asymmetry and other issues can be addressed by reducing bumps in the bridge of the nose, changing the angle of the nasal tip, reducing large nostrils, and performing other techniques. Rhinoplasty can also serve a practical purpose by straightening a deviated septum (the cartilage that serves as the central supporting structure of the nose) to improve breathing. Dr. Newman's goal is to harmonize the nose with other facial features, and he can provide refinements that look entirely natural and proportionate. He is adept at treating men, women, and patients of various ethnicities.
Will I have noticeable scarring?
Dr. Newman can provide open or closed rhinoplasty (meaning incisions are placed either inside or outside the nose), but recommends closed rhinoplasty whenever possible since this approach leaves no visible scars. When an open surgery technique is necessary, it may result in a very small scar on the columella, the tissue that connects the nostrils at the base of your nose. In Dr. Newman's hands, the resulting scar is extremely discreet.
How much does rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of rhinoplasty, including anesthesia and facility fees, will vary based on the extent of your surgery and your choice of surgeon. In general, you can expect to pay more for surgery performed by an experienced surgeon. However, this added investment can help to ensure that you are satisfied with your results, and that you will not require a costly revision surgery. Insurance plans will sometimes cover a portion of the costs if surgery is necessary to correct a deviated septum or address the results of an injury. To help place rhinoplasty within your budget, Dr. Newman offers no-interest financing options. Treatment costs roughly $6,000 at our practice but will vary depending on your needs.
What can I expect during surgery?
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure that Dr. Newman usually performs under light general anesthesia. A simple rhinoplasty takes just over an hour. Most rhinoplasty surgeries are complete in under two hours. Patients do not feel any pain during the procedure. You will be groggy from the anesthesia. Therefore, you should arrange for a friend or loved one to drive you to and from your appointment, and to stay with you overnight following surgery.
Dr. Newman's goal is to harmonize the nose with other facial features, and he can provide refinements that look entirely natural and proportionate.
What is the recovery period like?
You will leave the office with a splint on your nose and a small soft pack inside each nostril. During recovery, bleeding is normal within the first 24 hours, and you will need to breathe primarily through your mouth for a few days. Swelling is also normal, but you should not experience significant pain. Pain medication will be provided as needed. You can expect to return to normal, non-strenuous activities within a week.
Are there risks?
Every surgery involves risks, including infection and unsatisfactory results. However, you can greatly reduce these risks by choosing the right surgeon.
What if I want to revise unsatisfactory results provided by another surgeon?
Dr. Newman performs revision surgeries for patients who are unhappy with the results of a past procedure. He can help if you are experiencing structural issues or breathing problems, or if you simply do not like the appearance of your previously altered nose.
Are there any non-surgical alternatives?
Most patients' goals for nasal refinement can only be achieved through rhinoplasty. However, dermal fillers can be used to make small changes in the appearance of the nose. For the right candidates, Dr. Newman can use injectable treatments to improve shape and contour, conceal injuries, and enhance symmetry.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have taken ample time to learn about rhinoplasty and believe it can help you achieve your goals, the next step is to schedule an appointment with a reputable surgeon. To arrange a private office consultation with Dr. Newman, please call our office at (203) 309-2799 or contact us online today.