Sarasota's Nose Surgeon
Rhinoplasty reshapes the nose and is one of the most common of all plastic surgery procedures. Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip. It may also correct a birth defect or injury, or help relieve some breathing problems.
If you’re considering a nose surgery, a basic understanding of the procedure and how it’s performed and what results you can expect is important. Be sure to ask Dr. Lacerna if there is anything you don’t understand about the procedure.
The Best Candidates for Nose Surgery
Rhinoplasty in Sarasota can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them female plastic surgeon Dr. Lacerna. The best candidates for rhinoplasty are people who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. If you’re physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate.
Planning For Your Surgery
In your initial consultation, Dr. Lacerna will ask what you’d like your nose to look like, evaluate the structure of your nose and face, and discuss the possibilities with you. She will also explain the factors that can influence the procedure and the results. These factors include the structure of your nasal bones and cartilage, the shape of your face, the thickness of your skin, your age, and your expectations. She may also recommend other procedures to complement the results of rhinoplasty, such as Juvéderm, Restylane or other dermal fillers.
Preparing For Your Surgery
Dr. Lacerna will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly. While you’re making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery, and to help you out for a few days if needed.
The Surgery Itself
Rhinoplasty usually takes an hour or two, though complicated procedures may take longer. During surgery the skin of the nose is separated from its supporting framework of bone and cartilage, which is then sculpted to the desired shape. The nature of the sculpting will depend on your problem and Dr. Lacerna’s preferred technique. Finally, the skin is redraped over the new framework.
After The Surgery
After surgery, Dr. Lacerna will probably lubricate your eyes with ointment and may apply a bandage. Your eyelids may feel tight and sore as the anesthesia wears off, but you can control any discomfort with the pain medication prescribed by your Dr. Lacerna. If you feel any severe pain, call your surgeon immediately.
Your New Look
In the days following surgery, when your face is bruised and swollen, it’s easy to forget that you will be looking better. In fact, many patients feel depressed for a while after plastic surgery-it’s quite normal and understandable. Rest assured that this stage will pass. Day by day, your nose will begin to look better and your spirits will improve. Within a week or two, you’ll no longer look as if you’ve just had surgery.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed each year. Dr. Melinda Lacerna has performed hundreds of nose surgeries and is pleased to help patients enhance their appearance and self-confidence through this procedure. If you would like to learn more about this procedure, or other facial plastic surgery procedures available such as Vampire Facelift, eyelid surgery or necklift, contact Dr. Lacerna today. Call 941-584-8425 in Sarasota or 941-954-4500 in Bradenton for your consultation.