Rhinoplasty

Vivian M. Hsu, MD -  - Plastic Surgeon

Best Impression Cosmetic Surgery

Vivian M. Hsu, MD

Plastic Surgeon & Cosmetic Surgeon located in Blue Bell, PA

If you are interested in improving the appearance of your nose, rhinoplasty can give you better balance and symmetry to your face. At Best Impression Cosmetic Surgery in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, Vivian Hsu, MD, performs rhinoplasty to reshape your nose according to your preferences and what appears most harmonious with your face overall. To consult with Dr. Hsu about rhinoplasty, call Best Impression Cosmetic Surgery, or book an appointment online today.

Rhinoplasty Q & A

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery to reshape your nose that can be performed at Best Impression Cosmetic Surgery‚Äôs private outpatient surgical center. At the same time as rhinoplasty surgery, you can also have a septoplasty surgery performed to improve your breathing if you have a deviated septum.    At Best Impression Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Hsu personally plans your rhinoplasty surgery with you according to your goals. During your consultation, you will be able to visualize your new nose using our Vectra 3D imaging machine. Together, you and Dr. Hsu will design the changes to your nose that you would like to see. 

During rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Hsu makes small incisions at the underside of your nose and inside your nose to minimize visible scarring. She will reshape your nasal bone and cartilage to create your ideal nose shape. To minimize the amount of swelling you experience postoperatively, Dr. Hsu places a splint that needs to stay in place for 1 week.  While you will notice a change right away, it takes at least 3 months for you to start to see your ultimate results and usually a full year to see your final results.

What changes can I make with rhinoplasty?

Your customized rhinoplasty surgery will reshape your nose according to your desires, and Dr. Hsu can help plan your rhinoplasty to give you a nose that appears balanced with your other facial features. 

Common characteristics of noses that patients often discuss with Dr. Hsu include:

  • Decreasing the size of your nose
  • Narrowing the width of your nose
  • Smoothing out bumps or indentations in your nose's side profile
  • Altering the shape of the tip of your nose
  • Making your nose more symmetrical
  • Changing the size or shape of your nostrils
  • Repairing a deviated septum
     

What should I expect during the rhinoplasty recovery period?

Patients usually have stitches and a splint that are in place for 1 week. In the first 1-2 weeks after surgery, you should keep your head elevated and avoid motions like bending over or lifting heavy objects. It may be temporarily difficult for you to breathe clearly because of the swelling, but your breathing improves quickly as the swelling subsides.

You might also have bruises around your eyes that you can treat with a cold compress.  Although you will see a difference in your appearance right away after the splint is removed, the healing from rhinoplasty surgery takes nearly a full year for you to see your final results. 

To set up a consultation for rhinoplasty surgery, call Best Impression Cosmetic Surgery, or book an appointment online today.