Find Symmetry and an Enhanced Look with Rhinoplasty
A crooked or disproportionately large nose can affect the overall appearance of your face and impact your confidence. Rhinoplasty surgery, offered at our Joplin, MO, office, can improve the balance of your face, enhancing your natural beauty. Dr. Frank W. Shagets has decades of experience and can help you achieve your cosmetic goals while providing natural-looking results.
Is Rhinoplasty Right for You?
Rhinoplasty surgery, also known as nasal surgery or a nose job, involves removing excess cartilage and bone to reshape and correct both structural and aesthetic concerns. Candidates for cosmetic treatments such as rhinoplasty should be in good overall health and able to undergo general anesthesia. This procedure can address a variety of issues, including:
- Crooked nose
- Asymmetrical, flared, or pinched nostrils
- Bulbous tip
- Upturned tip
- Long, projected nose
- Hump on the bridge
If your nose is uneven or disproportionate, it can negatively affect other facial features. Even minor adjustments can make a significant difference in overall appearance. Rhinoplasty can be personally tailored to address your unique concerns. For patients who have health issues related to nasal structure, such as difficulty breathing during the night or snoring, a septoplasty can be performed to correct a deviated septum.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Because of the anesthesia involved, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from our surgical center. Rhinoplasty can be performed using open or closed techniques, and the type performed will depend on the severity of your concerns.
Even minor adjustments to the nose can make a significant difference in a patient’s overall appearance.
During a closed rhinoplasty, incisions will be made inside the nostrils. Although this results in no visible scarring, it is typically only used for minor adjustments. With an open technique, an incision will be made at the base of the columella, the tissue that separates the nostrils, allowing Dr. Shagets to gain better access to the inside of your nose. Incisions will be made carefully to minimize visible scarring.
Once the incisions are made, Dr. Shagets will begin modifying the underlying cartilage and bone to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing result. If necessary, he can perform bone or tissue grafting to enhance the nasal tip or bridge. Once the procedure is complete, sutures will be placed. A splint will be applied to the outer nose for added support and stabilization.
Recovery and Results
Following the procedure, you will be provided with post-operative instructions. For the first few days after surgery, your nose and surrounding tissue will be sore and bruised and you will experience swelling. Resting with your head elevated, taking pain medications, and applying ice packs can help minimize any discomfort.
It is vital that you avoid blowing or bumping your nose during the entire recovery process. Physical activity should be kept to a minimum until directed by Dr. Shagets. Bruising and swelling should begin to subside within two to three weeks. Most patients can return to work two weeks after surgery, but it can take six months to a year before the final results are achieved.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose, you may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty surgery. In addition, for patients experiencing breathing or snoring issues related to the structure of the nose, Dr. Shagets can perform a septoplasty. To learn more, contact our office online or call (417) 623-5111 to reach our office today.
“My results are fantastic. Dr. Shagets is a profectionist, which I love. He is very gentle and thorough. He even came in on a Saturday to check out a concern I had... it was only a stitch! I would highly recommend Dr. Shagets.” P.H. - verified patient