Procedures > Rhinoplasty (Surgery of the Nose)
At Dr. Peter Schwartz’s Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Office of Woodbury, Long Island, the goal of nose surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, is to improve the appearance and proportion of a patient’s nose. A person’s nose may be shaped as the result of heredity or the nose may have been altered as a result of an injury or from a prior nose surgery. Dr. Schwartz performs nose surgery (rhinoplasty) to enhance facial harmony and improve a patient’s self confidence. Dr. Schwartz may also recommend rhinoplasty in order to correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.
Dr. Schwartz is adept at performing surgery of the nose to correct a variety of issues. Among the aspects of the nose that a rhinoplasty can alter include reduction in the size of a person’s nose. The purpose of reducing the size of a person’s nose is to create facial balance. Nose surgery may also be performed to alter the width of the nose at the bridge. Surgery of the nose is chosen to alter the size and position of the nostrils. Dr. Schwartz can perform rhinoplasty to improve the profile of the nose by reducing or eliminating visible humps or depressions on the bridge of the nose. Nose surgery can also improve the look of the nasal tip by correcting several different issues including nasal tips that are enlarged or bulbous, drooping, upturned or hooked. Dr. Schwartz has also performed rhinoplasty to improve the look of nostrils that are large, wide or upturned. Surgery of the nose can correct nasal asymmetry and improve a person’s self confidence.
During nose surgery, Dr. Schwartz carefully hides incisions at the nostril base as well as inside the nose. This allows the cosmetic plastic surgeon access to reshape the underlying cartilage and bone.
It is important to remember that like many cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, nose surgery is a highly individualized procedure. Dr. Schwartz reminds patients that they should only choose to have nose surgery to fulfill their own desires and not at the request of others.
At Dr. Schwartz’s Woodbury, Long Island Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Office, prime candidates for nose surgery should have complete facial growth. Rhinoplasty candidates should be physically healthy, non-smokers with realistic goals in mind.
In summary, rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed on Long Island. Surgery of the nose is performed to reshape, reduce or augment a person’s nose, remove a hump, narrow nostril width, change the angle between the nose and the mouth, or to correct injury, birth defects, or other problems that affect breathing. Rhinoplasty is generally an outpatient procedure performed under either local or general anesthesia and lasts one to two hours unless more extensive work needs to be done. Insurance may cover rhinoplasty if it is done for reconstructive or medical reasons, but likely not for cosmetic purposes.