The nose is a major facial focal point; when the nose is out of proportion with the rest of our facial features, it can stand out. In reality, an attractive nose is really one that is balanced and symmetrical with the rest of the face. Rhinoplasty can help patients achieve a more balanced, proportional nose; it’s also known as one of the most sophisticated Plastic Surgery procedures around. When done by an experienced surgeon with artistry and immense grasp of facial aesthetics, Rhinoplasty can help you achieve a more harmonious nose that looks natural and refined.
Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj is a Double Board Certified, experienced Facial Plastic Surgeon renowned for his Rhinoplasty in NYC. Patients seeking a Rhinoplasty in NYC choose Dr. Slupchynskyj because of his incredible artistry and his expertise in advanced Rhinoplasty techniques.
Rhinoplasty in NYC – Defined
Rhinoplasty, also known as a Nose Job or Nose Surgery, is a surgical procedure that refines the shape of the nose. It should be stressed that, even though the main goal of Rhinoplasty is to enhance the nose’s appearance, a skilled Plastic Surgeon should also be able to preserve or improve a patient’s ability to breathe.
Dr. Slupchynskyj plans each Rhinoplasty with incredible detail using a wide variety of references to help shape the nose into an aesthetically pleasing shape. To plan each Rhinoplasty, Dr. Slupchynskyj thoroughly measures the angles and landmarks on the nose, but he also views the entire shape and geometry of the nose and how it relates to the rest of the face.
In general, Rhinoplasty is meant to remove irregularities, bumps, and uneven areas to create a smaller, smoother nose. Before, Rhinoplasty often over-dissected the nose, leading to a pinched and “scooped out” nose. For his Rhinoplasty NYC patients, Dr. Slupchynskyj will refine and shape the nose in a way that fits with your unique face and doesn’t compromise function.
Here are some of objectives of Rhinoplasty Surgery:
- Adjust angle between nose and lip.
- Decrease width of nostrils or tip.
- Improve nose projection (distance between the lip and tip of nose).
- Correct nose tip rotation.
- Remove or blend bumps.
- Straighten a crooked nose.
A combination of these nasal adjustments is frequently used to accomplish the desired outcome.
Functional Rhinoplasty is designed to correct breathing issues caused by physical trauma or congenital defects:
- Deviated Septum: This is when the septum, the division between the nostrils, is uneven or crooked. This condition damages soft tissue, blocks airflow, and constricts breathing. The process Dr. Slupchynskyj uses to correct this issue is Septoplasty.
- Enlarged Turbinate: A turbinate is an internal structure on each side of the nose that projects into the nasal passages. These ridges help to moisten the air as it travels through the nose, but an enlarged turbinate can block the airflow and constrict breathing.
- Nasal Fractures: This issue usually occurs because of trauma. It can occur anywhere along the bony ridge that projects from the skull to just beneath the eyes. Without correction, fractures can result in a crooked nose and obstruct breathing.
As we’ve mentioned before, the nose is a complex structure; it’s composed of cartilage, bone, and tissue, and a change of a few millimeters is enough to give you a completely different appearance. Because of the incredible complexity of Rhinoplasty, Dr. Slupchynskyj performs a Rhinoplasty technique called Open Rhinoplasty.
Open Rhinoplasty is when the surgeon creates a small incision on the columella (the area right under the nasal tip between the nostrils) on the external part of the nose. This technique allows for better access to the interior by opening the nose and allowing a direct view of the nasal structures such as the tip, bone, and cartilage.
The improved visibility inside the nose provided by Open Rhinoplasty allows for optimal precision, even in the more difficult cases involving thick cartilage and wide nasal tips. An Open Rhinoplasty also allows Dr. Slupchynskyj to dissect the right tissue planes in the nose; by dissecting the right tissue planes, Dr. Slupchynskyj can properly elevate the soft tissue from the cartilage and bone which will then decrease the amount of bleeding and scarring. By allowing the nose to heal correctly, an Open Rhinoplasty allows for more predictable results.
Any scarring from the Open Rhinoplasty will be imperceptible because the incision is small and located on the bottom of the nose. Dr. Slupchynskyj will also take great care to reduce tension on the incisions to reduce the thickness of the scar.
With over 20 years of experience with Open Rhinoplasty, Dr. Slupchynskyj can deliver optimal results while avoiding such dramatic changes like the scooped out or pinched look. The outcome will be natural yet subtle, with few people realizing you had Nose Surgery.
Disadvantages of Closed Rhinoplasty
Because Closed Rhinoplasty is a procedure where the incisions are made inside the nose, this technique proves difficult for the surgeon when it comes to visualizing the internal structures of the nose. The correct tissue planes would be hard to spot, and there’s a higher chance that the surgeon creates more bleeding and scar tissue. This runs the risk of the tissues becoming distorted.
Dr. Slupchynskyj offers a stress-free and informative environment in his office to keep patients comfortable. When you visit our office for a Rhinoplasty consultation, you should be prepared to share:
- Any previous surgeries.
- Any current medications or herbal supplements.
- Any drug, tobacco, or alcohol use.
- Any previous medical treatments, allergies, and medical conditions.
Dr. Slupchynskyj will:
- Discuss any risks or potential complications.
- Discuss realistic expectations.
- Recommend a surgery plan.
- Discuss your Rhinoplasty options.
- Take photos.
- Assess your facial structure and take measurements.
- Evaluate pre-existing conditions, risk factors, and general health.
It’s vital to understand everything about your Rhinoplasty Surgery, so feel free to ask questions and state any concerns.
Digital Computer Imaging
Dr. Slupchynskyj utilizes Digital Computer Imaging during consultations to provide a realistic simulation of your possible Rhinoplasty results. By manipulating a digital photo of your face, we can present an image that will be very close to your expected outcome.
Dr. Slupchynskyj will discuss your healing time and recovery process with you during your Rhinoplasty consultation. There are no firm rules about Rhinoplasty recovery because everyone’s body is unique and heals in its own time. In general, patients return to work about 7 – 10 days after the surgery. We recommend taking a break for about 2 weeks from exercising and other physical activities.
The road to your Rhinoplasty recovery begins immediately after surgery with a small splint placed on your nose. The splint is there to keep your nose stable and protect it for at least the first week. Dr. Slupchynskyj does not use nasal packing to help reduce bleeding and swelling because many surgeons consider it unnecessary and uncomfortable. Bruising should dissipate 5 – 7 days after your Rhinoplasty.
Some slight to moderate discomfort may occur in the early stages, but you can control the pain with prescribed medication. Most patients stop taking pain medication within 2 days after Rhinoplasty. Nausea is common following Rhinoplasty due to the Anesthesia. We can also control this problem with medication.
You may have a stuffed-up nose and should resist the temptation to blow your nose. Decongestants may help, and we can suggest the best type to use.
Swelling and Bruising
You can expect some swelling and bruising during recovery; some patients even experience black eyes. Cold compresses will bring relief as will keeping your head elevated when you rest or sleep. You will also be instructed to sleep on your back for a few weeks after Rhinoplasty to avoid any pressure on your nose.
As we previously mentioned, patients should avoid strenuous activities for around 2 weeks. They should also be careful around children and pets.
You may be able to return to work within 7-10 weeks after Rhinoplasty. For patients who wear glasses, you should refrain from wearing them until we remove your dressing. We will give you instruction about how to wear your glasses after your Rhinoplasty.
Some time ago, surgeons regularly used nasal packing, which is when the nasal passages were packed with gauze or cotton after surgery. The packing was sometimes left in the patient’s nose for up to 2 weeks. As technology and techniques have advanced, surgeons like Dr. Slupchynksyj have moved on from nasal packing. Many considered it to be wildly uncomfortable, and it often increased the risk of blood clotting and prevented patients from breathing freely.
For close to two decades, Dr. Slupchynskyj has performed Rhinoplasty after Rhinoplasty in NYC that resulted in minimal bleeding. Thanks to his advanced techniques, Dr. Slupchynksyj’s patients could undergo a successful recovery without the use of packing or tissue glue.
Rhinoplasty in NYC – FAQs
What are the Potential Risks of a Rhinoplasty in NYC?
Although complications are uncommon, Dr. Slupchynskyj always informs patients of all potential risks associated with Rhinoplasty during your consultation. Complications may arise when a surgeon is too aggressive in removing bone or cartilage, or when the surgeon places the wrong implant for augmenting the nasal bridge. Dr. Slupchynskyj values preserving function as well improving the nose’s aesthetics.
What is the Chance of Infection After Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty has a less than one percent risk of infection, and antibiotics are often unnecessary after surgery.
When Can I Return to Work After Rhinoplasty?
Patients can return to work approximately 7 – 10 days after a Rhinoplasty. You should, however, avoid any strenuous activity for at least 2 weeks. Remember, everyone heals at their own pace so be careful, and when in doubt, rest.
Can I Smoke After Rhinoplasty?
No. Smoking will slow down the healing process by negatively affecting the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the nose tissue. Smoking should be avoided at all times, but especially in the weeks before and after any surgery.
What is a Graft?
A graft is when a piece of cartilage is taken from another part of the body like the septum, ear, or ribs to strengthen and define the nose. A graft is usually performed for bridge elevations, dorsal augmentation, and more. Sometimes, customized artificial implants are used as well.
How Will I Look After Rhinoplasty?
The goal of Rhinoplasty will be to make your nose fit your unique face in a way that improves your appearance. Computer imaging will give you a good idea of the finished product.
What is the Type of Anesthesia Used During Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure which may use General Anesthesia or sedation. The Anesthesic chosen will depend on the complexity of the surgery and the patient’s preference.
How Long Does the Rhinoplasty Surgery Last?
Most Rhinoplasty procedures are completed within 1 – 3 hours.