It’s easy to see why nose reshaping or “rhinoplasty” is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures in people of all ages. The nose can dominate the character of the face, and one that is excessively large or unfavorably shaped can significantly detract from an otherwise attractive face. Some people can blame genetics on an unfavorably shaped nose, but others suffered a traumatic injury and are left with a misshapen nose that oftentimes can lead to breathing problems. Dr. Gerstle is skilled in the latest techniques in rhinoplasty and has an artistic vision which when combined, results in a more attractive look for you.
To find out more about Rhinoplasty at Lexington Plastic Surgery, PLLC, request a consultation or call (859) 279-2111.
Sculpting a nose to a more attractive size & shape
Straightening the airway passages to help with breathing
Providing you with a whole new look
During your private, thorough consultation with Dr. Gerstle, the two of you can discuss your medical history, physical exam and goals. He wants to know about your cosmetic goals and also any issues with your breathing. You will undergo imaging with our state of the art “Mirror imaging” system that can help you and Dr. Gerstle have a clearer picture of the result you want. Once the two of you have developed a surgical plan, you will have the procedure performed in about 2-3 hours at one of our outpatient surgery centers. Any incisions are placed discreetly in the skin folds or inside the nose, so unless people knew what your old nose looked like, no one will ever know. The procedure can be done under local or general anesthesia depending on the extent of the surgery. Once the procedure is complete, you will spend a few hours in the recovery area before going home.
It is very normal for patients to experience swelling, stuffiness, bruising and headaches after nasal surgery. You will have a splint over the nose and likely packing inside the nose. You will receive pain medicine for the discomfort.
Patients usually follow up with Dr. Gerstle in the office within a few days after the surgery. They spend a few days taking it easy and usually return to work in 7-10 days. Vigorous activity should be avoided for 2-4 weeks after your surgery. You should also avoid the sun, as well as hitting or rubbing your nose. Of course, Dr. Gerstle is always available via cell phone and email for any questions or concerns you may have.
When will the swelling go down and for my new nose to look normal?
Bruising and swelling are very common during the first week. It is normal for people who were so excited to have the surgery to feel disappointed after they are then sore, bruised and swollen. As time goes on and the tissues heal, people generally start feeling much better. Most people start feeling better and more pleased within a month or so after the surgery and the satisfaction just improves from there. Healing is a slow and gradual process, so we suggest not judging the final result until about a year.
Are the results permanent?
The results of a rhinoplasty are generally permanent.
Does insurance cover rhinoplasty?
It depends. Dealing with insurance companies can be a frustrating, time-consuming process. Depending on the carrier and the issues you are experiencing with your nose, your insurance might cover all or part of the cost of surgery. If the results you seek are purely cosmetic, then it is highly unlikely any insurance carrier will help with the cost of the surgery. However, if your nasal issues are a result of trauma or are the cause of significant breathing issues, then you have a higher chance of having your insurance company reimburse for some, if not all, of the procedure.
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