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How Rhinoplasty Is More Than Just Plastic Surgery

Rhinoplasty is typically associated with getting a “nose job” by a plastic surgeon despite its many health benefits. The surgery is often used to resize and reshape the nose, but the surgeons at Specialty Surgical Center may use rhinoplasty to treat diseases of the ear, nose and throat, a specialty called otolaryngology. Due to the cosmetic nature of the surgery, you may want to ask your insurance provider if they offer coverage if rhinoplasty is needed for medical reasons instead of cosmetic purposes.

A surgeon may use this nose surgery in conjunction with septoplasty to treat a deviated septum, where the cartilage and bone separating your nostrils gets crooked and makes it hard to breathe. Patients who have nasal polyps may need rhinoplasty too. Nasal polyps, which are typically due to repeated inflammation from allergies or infections, could be painless. However, if they become larger, you could have a difficult time breathing. Surgery is usually only used after medication treatments fail. Children with birth defects like cleft palates may need rhinoplasty to help them eat.

Aside from nasal abnormalities and diseases, rhinoplasty is commonly used to treat injuries from sports like fractures if the nose needs to be reconstructed.

There are a number of conditions that require rhinoplasty, but they can also be performed at the same time as other surgeries. For example, a patient having sinus problems could also request rhinoplasty to reshape their nose at the same time.

Before the procedure, the patient is given general or local anesthesia. How the surgeon enters the nose depends on the surgeon. Some may go through the nostril and some may make an incision at the base of the nose.

Surgeries performed at Specialty Surgical Center are outpatient surgeries, so when you have rhinoplasty, it will be on the same day and you will be able to leave a few hours after the procedure. Recovery time depends on the procedure, but you may need to wear a splint to keep everything in place as you recover. Be gentle with your face when smiling, brushing your teeth or putting makeup on.

Specialty Surgical Center is located in Sparta, New Jersey and our staff consists of board certified surgeons and anesthesiologists performing procedures in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Spinal Care, Podiatry, Urology, Pain Management, ENT, Hand Surgery, Lithotripsy, Brachytherapy, GYN and Laser Surgery.

For more information about Specialty Surgical Center, call 973-940-3166 or visit our Contact Page.