Nose Surgery, or rhinoplasty, is the medical term that describes the operation used to improve nasal breathing and, in most cases, to improve the appearance of the nose. The operation is performed through carefully placed incisions inside the nose to remove or reshape any excess or malpositioned cartilage or bone, resulting in improved breathing through the nostrils. It is rare to need skin incisions for rhinoplasty thus there should be no external scarring. Dr. Paul Howard is renown for his "closed rhinoplasty" operations that do not require incisions to be made outside of the nose.
We see many patients who have had previous nasal surgery. In general, we ask that patients who have had previous nasal surgery to wait at least six months, if possible, before a second operation is recommended. A consultation can be obtained at any time to discuss possible problems and solutions that are available.
Rhinoplasty can be one of the most enjoyable plastic surgery procedures when performed by an experienced surgeon. The challenge is to find a surgeon that has the skill and mastered the wide variety of techniques used to reshape a nose. The ultimate goal is to have a nose that breathes well and adds refinement to the overall facial appearance. The attractive nose is always straight, symmetric, and is of the proper size to accentuate the attractive face.
Recovery from cosmetic nose surgery can be between 6 to 10 days off work. Most patients have a surgical dressing applied in the operating room which must remain in place until Dr. Howard removes it during one of your post operative visits. Dr. Howard usually removes this dressing after 5-7 days. Swelling and bruising can persist for longer than one week. Patients are allowed to resume almost all regular activities after one week, and may resume strenuous physicial activity after 2 to 4 weeks.
Risks are associated with any surgical procedure whether cosmetic or non-elective. Some risks are numbness, swelling, infection, and bleeding.
Dr. Howard performs rhinoplasty surgery as an outpatient procedure at Grandview Hospital Outpatient Surgery Center on Highway 280 Birmingham, Alabama.
All patients are not created equal and all noses rquire individual sugical plans to achieve an aesthetically pleasing and realistic result. During your consultation, Dr. Howard will discuss your cosmetic surgery needs to achieve the result you desire. With the use of digital imaging, Dr. Howard will be able to help you visualize your potential surgical result. Cosmetic nose surgery is considered cosmetic by insurance companies and therefore is not a covered medical expense. There are few instances when this procedure is considered reconstructive such as adult cleft lip rhinoplasty surgery. The cost for cosmetic nasal surgery can range between $5900 to $8000.
Dr. Howard accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance. Most Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plans cover septoplasty, a procedure to correct a deviated septum. Please refer to your insurance policy for specific information regarding coverage of septoplasty or other reconstructive nasal proedures such as cleft lip rhinoplasty.