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Rhinoplasty Fort Lauderdale

Dr. Moon commonly recommends that patients wait until they are at least 14 or 15 years old before undergoing rhinoplasty, as the nose may not be fully developed at a younger age.

If you’re a teen, Dr. Moon will want to be certain that you’ve thought carefully about Rhinoplasty surgery and that the desire to change your appearance is based on your own feelings rather than those of your parents or friends.

Assuming you’re in good health, there is no upper age limit for having your nose reshaped. Rhinoplasty is sometimes performed in conjunction with a facelift or other rejuvenating surgery to correct aging changes of the nose such as a drooping tip.

Sometimes certain breathing problems related to the internal nasal structures can be corrected at the same time as nose reshaping is performed. Dr. Moon will help you determine whether these structures should be modified along with reshaping your nose.

Who is a good candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Some of the indications that you may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty are:

It's important that you have a clear idea of how you would like your nose to look and, at the same time, realize that there are limitations to the procedure. Patients with sufficient physical and emotional maturity who undergo rhinoplasty because they want to enhance their self-image are usually very satisfied with their decision.

What can I expect?

In evaluating you for rhinoplasty:

Dr. Moon will also take life-size photographs of your nose and face and using special paper, produce drawings representing his artist impression of what your new nasal shape will look like. This usually takes a few days for him to do the drawings and when completed, he will meet with you again to go over them and answer any questions.

The goal of rhinoplasty is a nose that looks natural and blends harmoniously with your other facial features. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait up to one year to see the final results of your rhinoplasty. You are likely, however, to begin enjoying your new look within weeks of your surgery.

In most instances, the results of rhinoplasty are permanent, except for possible changes associated with the normal aging process. Occasionally, a touchup may be desired to further improve the results. If this is the case, the additional procedure is usually less extensive than the original operation.

It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals. The first couple of days after surgery, you should restrict your activities and sleep with your head elevated. This will help to minimize swelling and reduce the possibility of minor bleeding, which is not uncommon. Remember, you must not take aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications.

Generally, bruising around the eyes and cheeks is most apparent during the first three days following surgery. Most discoloration will disappear within a week. A few days after surgery, you can begin to use makeup as a concealer, if desired. Noticeable swelling may last for several weeks. Minor residual swelling, most frequently affecting the nasal tip, may continue for many months, but generally this should not be apparent to others. If packing was used, it will either dissolve by itself or be removed three to seven days after surgery. Stitches may also be removed at that time. You may need to continue wearing the nasal splint for up to a week, during which time you should avoid getting it wet.

What is the procedure?

The surgical techniques employed will depend primarily on the goals established by you and Dr. Moon. Through small incisions, work is done on the cartilage and bone that form the framework of your nose.

Sometimes, the position of certain bones may need to be altered slightly in order to make your nose look narrower and straighter. If your nose needs to be built up in some areas, this can be done using nasal cartilage, or perhaps bone or cartilage from another site. The skin and soft tissues then redrape themselves over this new "scaffolding."

In many instances, all of the incisions will be placed inside your nose, where they will not be visible. If the base of the nose is narrowed or the nostrils reduced, small wedges of skin at the base of the nostrils will be removed. Incisions are hidden in the natural crease where the nostril joins the cheek.

Sometimes, a very short incision is made across the vertical strip of tissue that separates the nostrils, called the columella. This technique is called an "open rhinoplasty." Whatever incisions are used to reshape your nose, they will ultimately be very inconspicuous.

Dr. Moon will review this in detail with you. Alterations may also be made to increase or decrease the nasal bridge, reduce the size or width of the nose, narrow the nostrils, change the angle between the nose and upper lip, or reshape the tip.

Are there risks?

Some of the potential complications that may be discussed with you include:

You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of Dr. Moon and his staff, both before and after your surgery.

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