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Q&A: Rhinoplasty

Whether you are looking to have Rhinoplasty done for cosmetic reasons, or if you are needing it done to improve nasal airflow and breathing, Dr. Becker with Triangle Facial Plastic Surgery has a wealth of knowledge, training, education and expertise when it comes to performing Rhinoplasty surgery in their Raleigh, North Carolina office.

Whether you are looking to have Rhinoplasty done for cosmetic reasons, or if you are needing it done to improve nasal airflow and breathing, Dr. Becker with Triangle Facial Plastic Surgery has a wealth of knowledge, training, education and expertise when it comes to performing Rhinoplasty surgery in their Raleigh, North Carolina office.

Question: Dr. Becker, what type of specialized training did you receive for Rhinoplasty, and can you share your experience with past patients? 

Answer from Dr. Becker: I completed fellowship training in advanced Rhinology and nasal surgery at Stanford University, as well as a 1 year fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.. Through training and extensive experience, I understand the complexities of the supporting structures of the nose. I have achieved outstanding surgical results by using a vast array of techniques to improve the appearance of the nose, and also help patients improve nasal air flow and breathing. These surgeries take careful planning, adhering to fundamental principles of maintaining or enhancing nasal structure, and meticulous surgical technique which is where my in depth understanding of the anatomy and experience is extraordinarily necessary.

Question: What is Rhinoplasty surgery like? How is it done?

Answer from Dr. Becker: Rhinoplasty can be done two different ways, either endonasally, or more frequently, an open approach. The approach taken depends on a number of factors that differ from patient to patient. We will discuss it in depth during the consultation. 

The endonasal approach to rhinoplasty uses incisions inside the nostrils without a visible external incision. In my opinion, this approach is best reserved for situations where  subtle changes are desired. The open approach which combines incisions made inside the nose with, in most cases, a small incision in an area called the columella. This additional incision generally heals extremely well and is hard to see after it matures. The advantage is superior visibility of the nasal structure and ability to apply a variety of techniques precisely with the best possible symmetry.  The small skin incision is hidden in a shadow along the underside of the nose. It’s important to note that individual results, of course, vary from patient-to-patient. 

Question: If I decide that this is the right surgical option for me, what is my recovery time like? 

Answer from Dr. Becker: Bruising and swelling vary from one person to another; However, if bruising is present in a patient, it usually will occur around the lower eyelids and will typically resolve within one to two weeks. Patients are sent home with supportive tape on their nose and sometimes an external nasal splint. These are removed after one week. The great news is that splints or packing inside the nose can usually be avoided. Overall, patients can typically return to light activities immediately but should hold off on strenuous exercise until about two weeks after surgery. Any type of contact sport should be completely avoided for at least six weeks after surgery to ensure no injury to the surgical site. Again, individual results may vary from patient-to-patient. 

Question: If I’m ready for a consultation, what’s next?

Answer from Dr. Becker: Give our staff a call at (919) 706-4900 and schedule a personal consultation. When you come in for your appointment, we will go over the procedure in full, examine you, and answer any questions or concerns you have. I look forward to meeting you!

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