Chapin Aesthetics – Rhinoplasty Surgery (Nose Surgery)
Serving Philadelphia, Doylestown, Bucks County and Montgomery County
If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and felt dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose, you are not alone. Many people feel the same as you do — and many choose to have their nose surgically corrected. Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping, is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the United States. Last year, more than 126,000 patients opted for rhinoplasty surgery, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Rhinoplasty is a complex procedure that should only be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience.
Dr. Scott Chapin is a highly skilled Doylestown, Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia rhinoplasty surgeon who offers his patients the opportunity to achieve facial symmetry and beauty at his state-of-the-art plastic surgery Philadelphia area offices.
Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
People with aesthetic and/or functional problems with their noses are typically good candidates for rhinoplasty. Suitable rhinoplasty candidates have oversized, wide or crooked noses, upturned or drooping nasal tips or nasal deformity. Dr. Chapin often works with patients who have a bump on the bridge of the nose or an off-center nose. Other rhinoplasty candidates include people with breathing problems stemming from a deviated septum or another problem with the internal nasal structure.
Individuals considering rhinoplasty should be at least 14 to 15 years of age before undergoing the procedure, as the nose may not be fully developed at a younger age. Candidates should be in good health. Smokers are not good candidates for rhinoplasty.
What Is Involved in Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty surgery takes several hours and is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Anesthesia is administered so that patients do not feel anything or remember anything from the procedure.
Dr. Chapin can take one of two approaches to rhinoplasty: open or closed. During an open rhinoplasty, he makes a small incision in the columella (the strip of skin separating the nostrils); during a closed rhinoplasty, he makes incisions within the nostrils. Through the incisions, Dr. Chapin makes the necessary surgical alterations to sculpt the underlying structure of the nose. He may increase or decrease the size of the nose, change its shape, narrow the nostrils, refine the nasal tip, smooth a bump on the nasal bridge or correct a deviated septum or other deformity that causes breathing problems.
When Dr. Chapin is finished with the surgical alterations, he closes the incisions with stitches or sutures and places surgical dressings around the nose.
What Is the Recovery Period for Rhinoplasty?
In the first couple of days after surgery, it’s important to keep the head elevated at all times and avoid bending, heavy lifting or strenuous activities. Dr. Chapin can prescribe pain medications to alleviate any discomfort. He will remove the stitches three to seven days after surgery. Recovery varies amongst patients, but most are able to return to work or school within 7 to 10 days. Swelling can take up to a year to completely disappear.
If you are interested in improving the appearance of your nose, or treating a breathing problem stemming from a deviated septum, please contact Philadelphia rhinoplasty surgeon Scott Chapin. Call our office at (267) 880-0810 or send us an email today.