Rhinoplasty Procedures in Chicago
The nose is one of the most prominent facial features and plays a big role in the overall balance and harmony of the face. If you are bothered by the appearance of your nose, rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery, may be a good option for you. Rhinoplasty is designed to improve the size, shape or features of your nose so it enhances (not detracts from) your facial beauty. Rhinoplasty can also fix structural abnormalities that interfere with breathing through your nose.
The complexity of rhinoplasty surgery requires the skill and experience of a remarkable plastic surgeon like Dr. Robert Galiano. He has been performing rhinoplasty in Chicago for many years and has earned a stellar reputation for his artistic eye and technical acumen.
You may be a suitable candidate for rhinoplasty if you wish to improve any of the following:
- The size of your nose in relation to the rest of your face
- The width of your nasal bridge
- A hump or depression on the bridge of your nose
- Flared or asymmetrical nostrils
- A nasal tip that is enlarged, upturned, droopy or bulbous
You may also be a good candidate if you have breathing problems because of a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates or another internal defect.
Dr. Galiano requires all candidates to meet with him for a consultation, so he can examine the nose in person and discuss the goals of treatment. During your consultation, he can use 3D technology to help you “preview” the predicted results.
Rhinoplasty is usually performed on an outpatient basis, so you can return home to recover shortly after your procedure. Anesthesia is used for your complete comfort during surgery.
There are two approaches to rhinoplasty: open and closed. An open rhinoplasty is performed through a small incision on the columella, the strip of skin separating the nostrils. This enables Dr. Galiano to pull back the skin and access the internal nasal structures. The open approach may leave a small scar that is mostly hidden by the natural creases in the skin. A closed rhinoplasty is performed through incisions inside the nostrils. It does not leave any noticeable scarring.
The surgical techniques Dr. Galiano uses are based on the results you hope to achieve and your nasal anatomy. Depending on your goals, he can add or remove bone or cartilage, shorten or lengthen the nose or reduce or increase the size of the nose. He may smooth a bump on the bridge of the nose, tweak the nostrils or refine the nasal tip. If needed, Dr. Galiano can use a cartilage graft from the septum (internal wall separating the nostrils), bone from the skull, silicone implants, fillers or fat grafts. He can also straighten out a deviated septum to restore normal airflow through the nose.
Recovering from Rhinoplasty
After rhinoplasty, bruising and swelling around the nose and eye area are common. Any pain or discomfort can be controlled with medication prescribed by Dr. Galiano.
You will be advised to keep your head elevated at all times for a few weeks after surgery. You should avoid any strenuous activity or contact sports that could risk injury to your nose during the initial recovery. Dr. Galiano will closely monitor your recovery through follow-up appointments and advise when you can resume work, exercise and other activities.
Although you should be able to see an improvement shortly after your surgery, it can take up to a year for the swelling to completely subside and your results to stabilize.
Schedule a Rhinoplasty Consultation
If you are interested in a more attractive nose that “fits” the rest of your face, Dr. Galiano invites you to schedule a consultation with him to discuss rhinoplasty. Please contact our office to set up an appointment.