A crooked or disproportionately large nose can affect the overall appearance of your face and impact your confidence. Rhinoplasty by Dr. Frank W. Shagets in Joplin, MO, can improve the balance of your face, enhancing your natural beauty. It involves removing or augmenting cartilage and bone to correct aesthetic concerns, functional issues, or both. Dr. Shagets has decades of experience and can help you achieve your cosmetic goals while providing natural-looking results.
Dr. Shagets opened his practice in Joplin, where he grew up, in 1988. His fully accredited office-based surgical center is the only one of its kind in the four-state area, and he works with several certified registered nurse anesthetists who can provide safe, effective sedation options for your comfort.
Is Rhinoplasty Right for You?
If your nose is uneven or disproportionate, it can negatively affect other facial features. Even minor adjustments can make a significant difference in your overall appearance. Rhinoplasty can be tailored to address your unique 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 such as:
- Crooked bridge
- Asymmetrical, flared, or pinched nostrils
- Bulbous tip
- Upturned tip
- Long, projected nose
- Hump on the bridge
Candidates for cosmetic rhinoplasty should have realistic expectations about the types of results the procedure can deliver. Remember, there is no such thing as the “perfect” nose. During your consultation, Dr. Shagets will explain the results you can expect.
Dr. Shagets has decades of experience and can help you achieve your cosmetic goals while providing natural-looking results.
In some cases, rhinoplasty can be medically necessary to restore normal function to the nose. For patients who have difficulty breathing properly due to a deviated septum (the strip of cartilage that separates the nasal passages), for example, this procedure can provide invaluable health benefits. Other medical reasons rhinoplasty may be needed include:
- To address trauma, such as a broken nose
- To correct a congenital defect
- To remove a tumor
- To address a nasal deformity
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Preparing for Rhinoplasty
Before your surgery is planned, Dr. Shagets will determine if you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty. This discussion will cover your personal goals and reasons for seeking surgery. Dr. Shagets will examine your medical history records. He may inquire about medications you are taking or have recently taken. Certain medical conditions, such as hemophilia, can affect your candidacy.
Your exam will include a physical evaluation of the skin inside and outside of your nose. Blood tests or other lab tests may be performed. Dr. Shagets may also suggest other surgeries that can enhance the results of your rhinoplasty. Chin augmentation, for example, is commonly performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty. The remainder of your initial exam and consultation may include:
- Photographing your nose from various angles
- Discussions about the cost of surgery
- Discussions about preparing for surgery
Smokers experience longer healing timelines than non-smokers. If you use tobacco products, Dr. Shagets recommends that you refrain from using those products for a period before surgery and during recovery. Ideally, you should stop using them altogether.Many of our patients benefit from preparing a recovery room in the days or weeks before surgery. A recovery room is typically set up in the patient’s bedroom. A properly stocked recovery room has clean linens, healthy foods, plenty of liquids, pre-stocked medications, and books or other leisure materials to pass the time following surgery.
What to Expect during the Surgery
Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure, so you will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from our surgical center. The lingering effects of general anesthesia can cause temporary memory lapses and slow reaction times. If possible, have a trusted friend or relative stay with you the first night after surgery.
Rhinoplasty can be performed using open or closed techniques, and the type performed will depend on the severity of your concerns. 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 the desired 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.
Recovery and Results
Immediately after surgery, Dr. Shagets may place a splint on your nose. Splints help your nose retain its refined shape while it heals. Sometimes, splints are placed inside the nose.
For the first few days after surgery, your nose and surrounding tissue will be sore and bruised, and you will experience swelling. It is not uncommon to experience bleeding and drainage. A piece of gauze taped below your nostrils can absorb these liquids. Resting with your head elevated, taking pain medications as advised, 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 Dr. Shagets determines it is safe to resume. Bruising and swelling should begin to subside within two to three weeks. Most patients can return to work one to two weeks after surgery, but it can take six months to a year before the final results are achieved. Follow-ups are important for proper recovery. Notify Dr. Shagets if you have any questions or concerns at any point during your recovery.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose, you may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty surgery. For patients experiencing breathing or snoring issues related to the structure of the nose, rhinoplasty by Dr. Shagets may also be the right solution.
If you wish to work with an esteemed plastic surgeon who offers the same facial plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures as metropolitan surgeons but at an affordable price, we welcome you to contact our office online or call (417) 623-5111 today. Our office gladly offers CareCredit®, Prosper Financing, and Alphaeon Credit financing options to help patients afford treatment.
“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