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Rhinoplasty, otherwise known as nose reshaping surgery, corrects cosmetic imperfections or physical deformities that affect normal breathing function. For the best rhinoplasty results, the plastic surgeon performing the procedure must be sufficiently skilled, experienced and knowledgeable. Dr. Guyuron has had a passion for rhinoplasty for more than three decades. Dr. Guyuron is an internationally renowned Cleveland rhinoplasty surgeon with more than 30 years of experience producing pleasing and natural-looking results. Dr. Guyuron also teaches fellow nose surgeons about the intricacies and techniques of rhinoplasty across the globe through article, presentations, book chapters and his text book on rhinoplasty.

The Rhinoplasty Consultation

The rhinoplasty consultation is the prime opportunity for Dr. Guyuron to meet with potential patients, evaluate them as candidates and explain the surgery in greater detail.

The first step of the consultation is to determine the patient’s reason for wanting nose surgery. Rhinoplasty candidates typically complain of one or more of the following:

  • Oversized nose
  • Wide nose
  • Asymmetrical, crooked or off-center nose
  • Nose that is not proportionate to the rest of the face
  • Bulbous, drooping or upturned tip
  • Large or flared nostrils
  • Residual flows from the previous surgery
  • Short noses
  • Deviated septum

In addition to establishing the reason for rhinoplasty, Dr. Guyuron will also inquire about the candidate’s general health and medical history. There is no exact age requirement for rhinoplasty candidates, and Dr. Guyuron does work with teenage patients.

During the consultation Dr. Guyuron also makes a point of discussing a candidate’s expectations of rhinoplasty. The best rhinoplasty candidate can describe his or her desired results, and has reasonable goals. Rhinoplasty can change the size and shape of the nose, but educated patients understand that it will not completely transform their lives. Moreover, as with any surgery, it does have a small risk of complications.

Please note: If you are an out-of-town patient, Dr. Guyuron offers phone, FaceTime and Skype consultations. He has worked with patients from many countries seeking gratifying results, with the initial consultation taking place through one of the above means. Please contact our office to inquire about these options.

To assure that Dr. Guyuron and the patient have a mutual understanding about the outcome of the surgery, Dr. Guyuron and his photographer analyze the life-sized photographs or morph them to demonstrate the intended changes, having an understanding the result can never be guaranteed. He also offers computer simulation of the surgery when the patients request it.

Dr. Guyuron instructs his patients to refrain from consumption of aspirin, NSAIDs and herbal products for three weeks before and one week after the surgery.

Rhinoplasty Surgery

Rhinoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis at Dr. Guyuron’s state-of-the-art medical facility. Dr. Guyuron will take an open or closed approach to rhinoplasty. During open rhinoplasty, he makes an incision across the small strip of skin separating the nostrils. During closed rhinoplasty, Dr. Guyuron keeps the incisions within the nostrils. Open rhinoplasty does have the potential to leave minor scarring, but it allows better access to the underlying structures.

Through the incision, Dr. Guyuron can remove and reshape cartilage, smooth out any bumps, refine the nasal tip, narrow the nose, straighten a deviated septum and/or make other modifications to the nasal structure as indicated by the treatment plan.

Surgery generally takes one to two hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure. After the procedure, patients rest in a recovery suite and then are released to go home, to a condominium adjacent the office facility, or a hotel room.

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Rhinoplasty Recovery

The eyelids and the nose could be bruised, sore and swollen for several days after nose surgery. Patients need to sleep with their heads elevated and get as much rest and relaxation as possible to minimize the risk of complications. Dr. Guyuron recommends his patients take eight to 10 days off from work, but this depends on the case. He prescribes pain medication to soothe any discomfort, and he schedules follow-up appointments to check the healing progress the day after surgery and in eight days, when the bandages and internal nose tubes are removed.

Rhinoplasty recovery is very gradual. It can take up to a year or longer for swelling to fully resolve and the final results to appear. However, patients often notice and enjoy their new appearance within weeks of surgery.

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