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Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty corrects deformities of the nose that may be the result of trauma or heredity. Dr. Schmidt’s training in facial plastic surgery emphasized both the aesthetic and functional aspects of rhinoplasty surgery. In many cases, he is able to not only improve how your nose looks but also improve your breathing. Rhinoplasties can vary in scope from something as simple as shaving a hump on your nasal bridge to completely rebuilding the external nose using cartilage from the nasal septum. Dr. Schmidt has expertise in performing rhinoplasties on patients of different ethnicities and age ranges. Depending on the kind of work needed, some rhinoplasties may be partially covered by insurance plans.

Rhinoplasty Can Correct...

Genetic Deformities or Abnormalities
Genetic deformities or abnormalities of the nose include any physical characteristics that are considered defective, deformities, or undesirable. Rhinoplasty can correct these features to improve the appearance of the nose and enhance facial balance and harmony. As examples, rhinoplasty can refine the nasal tip, alter nose size, reinforce the nasal bridge, smooth out humps, reduce nostril size, and more.
Traumatic Injuries
A traumatic injury such as a broken nose may permanently alter the appearance of the nose if left uncorrected. Dr. Schmidt can perform surgery to restore your natural nasal appearance. If the injury was within the last two weeks, Dr. Schmidt can push the nasal bones back into position and place a cast to ensure proper healing. If an old nose injury healed in a crooked fashion, he can perform rhinoplasty to improve its appearance.
Nasal Breathing
In many cases, Dr. Schmidt can not only improve how your nose looks but also your breathing. Many rhinoplasty patients have a deviated septum, where the wall of cartilage that separates the left and right nostrils is crooked. This leads to a perpetual obstruction of airflow on one side of the nose. During rhinoplasty, Dr. Schmidt can perform a septoplasty to straighten the septum. This will improve your ability to breathe through your nose.

Rhinoplasty Techniques

Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis at a local hospital or surgery center.

Closed Rhinoplasty

With closed rhinoplasty, Dr. Schmidt hides the incisions inside the nose. This technique is reserved for less invasive rhinoplasties that require simpler adjustments, such as minimizing a nasal bridge hump or straightening your septum. Through these internal incisions, Dr. Schmidt manipulates the nasal tissues to refine the appearance of the nose.
Actual Patient

Open Rhinoplasty

Some noses require more extensive adjustments, even rebuilding the external nose using septal cartilage. If required, Dr. Schmidt may make a small external incision at the base of the nostrils for better access to the internal structures of the nose. This technique facilitates more significant adjustments to the appearance of the nose than closed rhinoplasty.

Septoplasty (Can Accompany Rhinoplasty)

A septoplasty may be performed alongside a rhinoplasty to improve nasal breathing. During the procedure, Dr. Schmidt straightens the septum between the nostrils, thereby correcting a deviated septum. He then continues with other aesthetic improvements as needed. After the procedure is over, the nose will look more attractive and will also allow the patient to breathe more easily.

After Your Surgery

Recovery

Bruising and swelling are normal and expected, and the amount of each varies with the type and amount of work required. Stitches and a splint are typically removed about a week after surgery. Swelling is often very noticeable for the first two weeks and slowly resolves over a period of months. Breathing is relatively unaffected because Dr. Schmidt does not use the outdated practice of placing nasal packing. At most, nasal swelling may cause some congestion that interferes with breathing for the first few days after surgery. Patients who get a septoplasty with their rhinoplasty will often notice an immediate improvement in their ability to breathe through their nose. Overall, patients are usually ready to go back to work in just one week when the external cast comes off. Dr. Schmidt will follow you closely in the weeks and months following your nasal surgery to monitor and support your healing progress.

Pain

Pain after a rhinoplasty with Dr. Schmidt is generally minimal. Some may need prescription pain medicine for a few days, but many experience relief with acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Dr. Schmidt does not use nasal packing, which saves patients from the painful experience of having their packing removed. Most patients feel that rhinoplasty is less painful than they imagined it would be.

Scars

Many rhinoplasties leave no external scars. For more extensive procedures that require external incisions (open rhinoplasty), there is a risk of scarring. This scar is discreetly placed and generally becomes imperceptible as the body heals over time.

Results

As bruising and swelling subside during the first few weeks after recovery, you will immediately notice a difference in the appearance and function of your nose. Nasal breathing will be improved for those who had their deviated septum straightened. Your nose will appear more balanced and natural with its previous flaws now eliminated. You will observe subtle changes while the internal swelling gradually subsides, but it can take up to a year before the final result is achieved. The results of rhinoplasty are permanent.

Actual Patients and Testimonials

"I can breathe so much better!"
"It looks like how my nose was meant to look! I love it!"

Frequently Asked Questions

Rhinoplasty could be right for you if you would like to improve the appearance of your nose. Candidates may also have trouble breathing through their nose. Most importantly, candidates should have realistic expectations and good general health.
A deviated septum does not always have to be corrected. Many people have a deviated septum and it does not affect their quality of life. Dr. Schmidt often identifies a deviated septum but leaves it as is if the patient wishes. However, if your deviated septum is significantly affecting your breathing or causing sinus problems, you should consider getting a septoplasty with your rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty can correct a wide variety of nasal defects. Some of these include:
  • Crooked nose
  • Balance of the nose with other facial features
  • Nasal breathing
  • Bumps, humps, or depressions
  • Tip issues (shape, angle, etc.)
  • Width
  • Size
  • Length
  • Projection
  • Profile
  • Nostril size and shape
People of different ethnicities have physical differences in many nasal characteristics. It is important to seek out a rhinoplasty surgeon who understands these differences and has experience working with different ethnic noses. Dr. Schmidt has expertise in performing rhinoplasties on patients of all different ethnicities.
Dr. Schmidt specializes in revision rhinoplasty for patients whose primary rhinoplasty did not go as desired. Variations in the healing process or a secondary injury can lead to less than desirable results. Frequently, breathing is affected. Revision rhinoplasty is a secondary procedure that can be performed to improve the results of a previous rhinoplasty.