Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to balance the nose among the facial features, refining the bridge, nostrils, and tip to produce a personalized and aesthetically pleasing outcome. When performed by leading NYC board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Olivia Hutchinson, nose surgery can elevate your self-esteem and improve your self-confidence.
Rhinoplasty Surgery Details
Rhinoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Hutchinson may use one of two techniques to access the different nasal tissues when performing nose surgery: “open” or “closed” rhinoplasty.
In a closed rhinoplasty, incisions are hidden inside the nose within the nostrils. In an open rhinoplasty, the incision is made across the columella (the tissue between the nostrils). With both methods, Dr. Hutchinson will gently lift the soft tissues covering the nose. She will sculpt the bone and cartilage to the desired shape. Any additional cartilage needed to augment the nose can often be taken from the septum.
If the patient desires nostril reshaping, usually to narrow the nostrils or improve symmetry, this is done as the final stage of rhinoplasty.
The entire rhinoplasty surgery procedure usually lasts one hour, with revision rhinoplasty or more complex surgeries requiring additional time.