Nose Surgery Mobile, AL
Plastic Surgery to Reshape the Nose
Rhinoplasty is a procedure that can improve your facial balance. Even a small change performed in nose reshaping can improve one’s appearance dramatically. Here in Mobile, Alabama, Dr. Proffitt performs rhinoplasty for men and women who are bothered by a large, crooked or disproportional nose.
According to the ASPS, rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in America, with more than a quarter million procedures performed in 2010.
Who’s the Right Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
People have many reasons for considering rhinoplasty. Most are concerned about the size or shape of their nose, while for others the goal is to correct breathing problems.
Rhinoplasty is often used to address conditions such as:
- Large nose
- Small nose
- Bumpy nose
- Crooked nose
- Droopy nose
- Nasal breathing difficulty
When it comes to size of the nose, remember that it can appear large or small only in relation to other features. For example, a person with a small chin may appear to have a large nose. Likewise, a person with a large nose may appear to have a weak chin. Rhinoplasty is all about bringing those features into proportion. Frequently a chin implant is done at the same time as a rhinoplasty to help accomplish this.
Good candidates are realistic in their expectations, and they are capable of understanding the risks and benefits involved with rhinoplasty.
Your Rhinoplasty Consultation in Mobile
During a consultation at our Mobile Alabama practice, Dr. Proffitt can educate you about the risks, benefits and expected outcome of rhinoplasty.
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You can also review our rhinoplasty before and after photos, to obtain a better understanding of the expected results. If you have questions or concerns, remember to write them down and bring them to your consultation.
How Nose Reshaping Works
Rhinoplasty typically requires 1 to 3 hours under a local anesthetic with sedation or general anesthesia. Anesthesia is administered under the supervision of a board certified anesthesiologist.
There are two different techniques for rhinoplasty—the open technique and the closed technique. If the open rhinoplasty procedure is chosen, Dr. Proffitt will lift the skin of the nose to reshape the underyling structure. In closed rhinoplasty, an incision is made inside the nose through which the doctor accesses and reshapes the underlying structure.
Most patients can benefit from the closed rhinoplasty procedure, but Dr. Proffitt can recommend the technique appropriate for your rhinoplasty goals. After the nose reshaping is complete, Dr. Proffitt closes the incision with sutures. He will then apply a special packing in the nasal cavity, often in combination with a nasal splint.
After Your Rhinoplasty
After rhinoplasty, it’s common to experience swelling and discomfort, which may be managed with medication for up to a week. In two weeks, you can return to your routine, but you should continue to avoid activities that put your nose as risk for impact or injury. Swelling should completely subside in three to six months, at which point you can fully appreciate the results of your rhinoplasty.
To learn more about rhinoplasty procedures performed by Mobile, Alabama plastic surgeon Dr. Randy Proffitt, we encourage you to contact our office by phone (call 251-344-0322) or email to inquire about a consultation. Our practice is conveniently located at 6317 Piccadilly Square, Mobile, AL 36609.