If you’re dissatisfied with your nose now, it’s unlikely that your perception will change in the future. Dr. Wyatt To, Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, is a Rhinoplasty specialist and can assist you in your journey to change the appearance of your nose.
Rhinoplasty, or reshaping of the nose, is one of the most popular facial plastic surgery procedures in the U.S. Despite its popularity, however, Rhinoplasty is recognized as one of the most difficult plastic surgery procedures to perfect. Careful preoperative consultation and analysis, complete with meticulous technique, are required to deliver results that are beautiful, natural-looking and functional.
With more than a decade of experience in private practice and as the co-author of the textbook Open Structure Rhinoplasty–A Case Study Approach, Dr. To is uniquely qualified in Rhinoplasty and cosmetic nasal surgery.
The structure of your nose provides support to the overlaying skin and muscle. These components are unique to you. Therefore, Dr. To will address the best outcome for your result in your initial consultation. He’ll particularly discuss how excessive reduction of the nose and its supporting structures are an error he won’t make. You’ve probably seen ‘nose jobs’ like this in the media: ‘operated noses’ that look too thin or have a collapsed appearance. Dr. To’s Rhinoplasty results are consistently beautiful and truly ‘fit your face’.
What are the goals of Rhinoplasty surgery?
Our goal should match yours: Create a well-structured, functional, attractive and natural-appearing nose that ‘fits’ your face.
What is the “down time” for a Rhinoplasty?
You’ll experience bruising and swelling around the operated area for up to a week. Most patients are able to return to work approximately 4-5 days after the surgery.
How painful is Rhinoplasty surgery?
You’ll likely experience little discomfort after your Rhinoplasty. Medication is prescribed; however, some patients require nothing more than Tylenol for their healing period.
What sort of anesthesia is used?
Your Rhinoplasty will be completed under general anesthesia. Your safety and comfort are our primary consideration, so be sure to discuss this topic with Dr. To at your initial consultation.
What sort of pre-operative evaluation will I need?
Routine medical clearance from your primary care physician and standard laboratory tests are required. It will also be necessary for you to avoid certain medications: aspirin, herbal remedies and alcohol for 10 days prior to your surgery.
Will I have incisions after my Rhinoplasty?
Most of the incisions are hidden within the nose. If necessary, you may have a small external incision on your columella, the structure at the base of your nose, between the nostrils. This incision typically heals very well and soon becomes almost unnoticeable. Dr. To will show you examples of the incision during your consultation.
Will I have a cast after my Rhinoplasty?
After surgery, tape and a small external cast will be placed on your nose. Internal splints may be placed if Dr. To determine they’re necessary. Nasal packing is usually not required. Your stitches will be removed 3-5 days after your surgery and your cast will be removed after 6-8 days.
What sort of results can I expect from my Rhinoplasty?
Realistic expectations about what can be achieved with Rhinoplasty are of utmost importance. You’ll have an open line of communication with Dr. To throughout your consultation and planning process. The goal should be improvement rather than perfection.
It should be noted that extreme changes in the appearance of your nose are typically not recommended or achievable. Dr. To will address your concerns and goals during your consultation.
Is Rhinoplasty covered by insurance?
Surgery that is done for purely cosmetic reasons is typically not covered by insurance; however, if Rhinoplasty is performed for obstruction of your nasal airway due to an anatomical problem or trauma, insurance may cover a portion of the cost of your surgery. Be sure to ask our Billing Coordinator for more details about your specific insurance coverage.
Call today to schedule your Rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. To: (301)698-2424.