Rhinoplasty Surgery in Maryland
If you are looking for cosmetic or functional changes to your nose, rhinoplasty surgery in Maryland offers various methods that can help you contour your nose into your desired shape. You may choose a rhinoplasty to correct or remodel certain features, or to correct structural anomalies that impair breathing. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Somenek specializes in nasal surgery and is an authoritative voice on rhinoplasties. He can restore facial balance with a rhinoplasty procedure by correcting various conditions such as nostril asymmetry, a deviated septum, and smoothing out bumps and prominent bridges.
What Issues Can Rhinoplasty Treat?
A rhinoplasty can treat several issues related to the nose, including those listed below:
- Correct nasal asymmetry
- Correct nose size to restore facial balance.
- Correct wide, large, or upturned nostrils
- Correct bumps or depressions on the bridge of the nose
- Correct a nasal tip that is enlarged, prominent, or hooked
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 200,000 rhinoplasties are performed each year in the U.S., making it one of the most prevalent types of facial plastic surgery.
Qualified candidates for rhinoplasty surgery in Maryland are generally in good health, do not smoke, and have a general idea of what they are looking for in correcting their nasal structure. For those who have breathing difficulties and have tried other avenues of treatment, surgery may be the next logical step. Thin-skinned and thick-skinned individuals may require extra caution while the surgery is being performed.
Nasal Septum Surgery
A deviated septum occurs when a section of cartilage running between the right and left sides of the nose is crooked. In some cases, Dr. Somenek will straighten the bone and cartilage that bisects the space between the two nostrils (septoplasty), which can correct a deviated septum. However, if your septal deviation is severe, a complete rhinoplasty using cartilage grafts might be performed to remodel breathing areas.
You can choose a cosmetic rhinoplasty for several reasons, including to smooth out or reduce a nasal bump, correct nostril asymmetry, or to remodel the tip of the nose. All local rhinoplasty surgeries are performed under general anesthesia, and Dr. Somenek makes a tiny incision at the nose’s base. He can then make incisions inside of the nose, reducing the chance of visible scars, wherein the bone and cartilage around the nasal passageways is reshaped. For cosmetic patients, issues such as nasal bumps or bulbous tips can be addressed and re-contoured, creating a straighter profile or a gentler curve.
You can also elect to have a blepharoplasty or chin augmentation done in order to harmonize the appearance of your entire face. Non-surgical rhinoplasties are also an option.
How Long is the Recovery Process?
Depending on the surgery, patients typically take up to a week off from work, and during that time, it is recommended that they apply ice, rest often, and take proper cleaning measures. There is often swelling and some bruising that will occur, but these side-effects typically disappear after a couple of weeks.
Dr. Somenek may prescribe pain medications, and if you have had a nasal septum procedure, splints are inserted inside the nose to keep the septum straight. These splints are eventually removed after one week and you will likely be able to resume normal activities after two weeks. While most patients heal quickly without any complications for the first month, full healing may take longer depending on the surgery.
Come to an Expert for Rhinoplasty Surgery in Maryland
If you are interested in rhinoplasty to improve your facial features or to correct functional issues, schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Somenek. He will work with you to formulate an individualized plan that leads to your ultimate satisfaction. Call now to learn more about rhinoplasty surgery in Maryland and how it can help you achieve a more attractive nose.