Nose surgery (rhinoplasy)

NOSE SURGERY (Rhinoplasty)

Nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, can be performed in patients wishing to address the contours of the nose. Undesirable nasal contours may be congenital, acquired through trauma, or developed as a result of other changes that occur with aging. The size or width of the nose can be reduced using different techniques. The surgery is highly specialized and designed around an individual's needs.

Dr. McKane performs nose surgery through a very small incision made underneath the nose. This gives him full exposure to the bones and cartilages, allowing very precise surgical manipulation to achieve the patient's goals. Cartilage can be trimmed and sutured with meticulousness to optimize the external appearance of the nose. A dorsal hump can be shaved and the nasal bones brought together to create a fine bridge with an excellent profile. The tip cartilage can be reshaped to make the nose more refined in contour. The angle between the lower portion of the nose and the upper lip can be improved by elevating or lowering the tip. In patients who have a disproportionately wide base; this can be narrowed by excising small skin wedges. Dr. McKane makes fine incisions in the bones using a special instrument for greater control of the postoperative results. This is done instead of "breaking" the nose during surgery.

Rhinoplasty causes the patient little discomfort, which can be relieved with pain medication. Mild bruising and swelling in the orbital region is typical after surgery and usually subsides within two weeks. Swelling of the nasal skin resolves gradually and the final result may not be fully apparent for a period of time, even up to a year. A small nasal splint will be used after surgery to help protect the nose and to control swelling of the nasal skin, as it is rarely necessary to pack the nose after surgery. Activities that may elevate the blood pressure are recommended to be avoided during the first two weeks. Heavy lifting is not permitted during this time period, and glasses should not be allowed to rest on the bridge of the nose for the first six weeks after surgery.

Nose surgery is a well-suited procedure for an accredited outpatient SurgiCenter. This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or with general anesthesia. Patients with more significant surgical needs or with other medical problems will need to undergo their surgery at a hospital.

Each year, thousands of nasal surgeries are successfully performed. Nevertheless, it is important to be aware of the potential hazards of surgery and understand the specific risks associated with rhinoplasty. When performed primarily to improve the patient's appearance, postoperative complications such as infection and bleeding are rare. Poor healing may necessitate a second operation, and smokers should know that smoking is strongly discouraged the four weeks before and after surgery. If a patient continues to smoke, problems will arise more frequently. Risk of complications during your healing process can be minimized by closely following Dr. McKane's instructions.

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DR. BRICE W. MCKANE

Texas Plastic Surgery Associates

7777 Forest Lane, Suite C-504
Dallas, TX 75230

Office:  972-566-3939
Fax:      972-566-3999