The specialty of facial plastic surgery includes surgical and non-surgical solutions for improving the appearance of the face. Aesthetic or cosmetic facial plastic surgery includes procedures and treatments to counter the effects of aging or to change something that you do not like about your face. Reconstructive facial plastic surgery includes procedures to improve nasal breathing, to change or remove birth defects, and to correct defects caused by trauma, skin cancer or more serious conditions.
A large percentage of all facial plastic and reconstructive surgery is performed by board-certified Otolaryngologists, such as those at Advanced ENT, whose rigorous training in the complicated head and neck area includes extensive experience with facial plastic surgery techniques. Many otolaryngologists are also certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery which is the only board that sets standards, examines and certifies surgeons exclusively in this specialty. Fellowship training and board certification are benchmarks of excellence, indicating that a surgeon has received extensive training in the specialty and has passed an exhaustive battery of written and oral exams. The physicians at Advanced ENT can answer your questions related to facial plastic surgery and guide you in your decisions about surgical or non-surgical options.
Rhinoplasty is an operative procedure that is used to reconstruct the external nose. Deformities of the external nose may be congenital or acquired usually by nasal trauma. In either case, the procedure aims to make the appearance of the nose conform better to the face as a whole creating a more aesthetic appearance.
The procedure is usually performed in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia. In most cases incisions are made within the nose so that no external scars are visible. In some cases, especially those that require simultaneous reconstruction of the nasal septum, a small, nearly invisible, incision is made at the base of the nasal columella. Post operatively, there is always a certain amount of swelling (edema) of the nose especially in the area of the tip that may take several weeks to subside. The nose may not reach its final appearance for six months or more.
To determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, we recommend making an appointment with one or our surgeons trained in facial plastic surgery.