Nose surgery that’s done to improve an obstructed airway requires careful evaluation of the nasal structure as it relates to airflow and breathing. Correction of a deviated septum, one of the most common causes of breathing impairment, is achieved by adjusting the nasal structure to produce better alignment.
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. Your choices include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Rhinoplasty 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. Through these incisions the skin that covers the nasal bones and cartilages is gently raised allowing access to reshape the structure of the nose to the desired shape.
An overly large nose may be reduced by removing bone or cartilage. Sometimes surgery of the nose may require the addition of cartilage grafts. Most commonly, cartilage from the septum is used for this purpose. Occasionally cartilage from the ear or rarely a section of rib cartilage can be used.
Once the underlying structure of the nose is sculpted to the desired shape, nasal skin and tissue is redraped and incisions are closed. Additional incisions may be places in the natural creases of the nostrils to alter their size.
If you are interested in a rhinoplasty, or want to learn more about the procedure, feel free to call us at 631-237-3392.
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