Rhinoplasty in Tampa, FL and Atlanta, GA
Dr. Mang is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is greatly admired by his many patients for his compassionate care and outstanding natural-looking results. Mang Plastic Surgery is one of the most successful cosmetic rejuvenation centers in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as Atlanta, Alpharetta, and the neighboring communities in Georgia for rhinoplasty surgery and other facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Mang and his expert team are dedicated to enhancing your overall appearance, and ultimately helping you to feel and look your very best.
What Happens During The Rhinoplasty Procedure?
Not everyone will achieve the same results with rhinoplasty. However, your surgeon’s goal is to obtain the best possible results for you. The surgeon takes between one to three hours, but many factors may prolong it. There are two main methods for rhinoplasty. You and your surgeon will decide whether open or closed rhinoplasty will be best suited for you and your needs.
The first incision is made at the base of the nose between the two nostrils, while the other incisions will be made inside the nose. The skin is then lifted to allow the structure of the nose to be examined. Bone and cartilage are then reduced and/or contoured to provide a new shape for your nose. The skin is finally re-draped over the newly shaped area and a splint is placed. Soft, absorbent material may be used inside the nose to maintain stability along the dividing wall of the air passages. If your nostrils were worked on, you may have nasal packs or soft plastic splints placed inside to stabilize the septum. Swelling can last longer with this method than the alternative closed procedure.
In this procedure, all incisions are made inside the nose, thus reducing swelling and recovery time. Due to limited visibility, your surgeon may not be able to achieve some changes using a closed procedure. After incisions are made, certain amounts of underlying bone and cartilage are reduced, added to, or contoured to provide a newly shaped structure. The skin is finally re-draped over the newly shaped area. Once the procedure is complete, a splint will be placed to help your nose keep its new shape. Soft, absorbent material may be used inside the nose to maintain stability along the dividing wall of the air passages.
Asian Nose Reshaping
Many Asian patients wish to augment the bridge of their noses with silicone implants or transplanted tissues. Many also undergo rhinoplasty to narrow the nostrils, or have the tips of their noses made smaller and more defined. The goal of an Asian rhinoplasty is to build a natural-appearing structure that blends harmoniously with the face. To do this, Asian noses usually require augmentation of the nose, in contrast to Caucasians who usually require reduction.
What is the Cost of Rhinoplasty?
Dr. Mang is conscious of his patients’ budgets and keeps his prices competitive. Plastic surgery procedures can range depending on the needs and goals of each patient, therefore, it is important to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mang to discuss pricing. At Mang Plastic Surgery, we believe that a cosmetic procedure is an investment in your self-confidence, which will be beneficial for years to come. Sometimes that may be costly, and that is why we offer financing through CareCredit®.
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- Stop smoking. It is important to discontinue the use of cigarettes and other nicotine products as they constrict blood vessels and slow the healing and recovery process.
- Avoid alcohol. This is not long term, but alcohol use should be discontinued for at least two weeks before surgery and two weeks after surgery.
- Vitamins and other OTC drugs. Discontinue the use of these for at least two weeks before surgery.
- Pain medication. Dr. Mang. may prescribe you pain medication to alleviate any discomfort. It is important to fill these prior to surgery and bring them to the procedure.
- Drink water. Water is a very helpful tool both before and after surgery. It is important to drink plenty of water before surgery and after. Water helps flush out toxins.
- Aspirin and Ibuprofen. Discontinue the use of both of these for at least two weeks before and after surgery. These products thin your blood and can interfere with your body’s ability to heal.
- Getting home. After surgery driving is prohibited. Arrange for transportation home.
Prepare For Rhinoplasty Surgery
The preparation for your surgery starts during your consultation. Your needs and desires are unique and the consultation is a time for us to get on the same page as well as discuss your expectations and answer any questions you have about your surgery. In the consultation we will ask about your medical history and require a list of medications you are currently taking.
What To Expect After Surgery
Work: Most patients are back to work one week after surgery.
Swelling and Bruising: Bruising generally improves after a week if your nasal bones are not repositioned. If they were repositioned, bruising may last at least two weeks. Bruising under the eyes is not uncommon after a procedure such as this. Swelling improves between a week to six weeks after a closed rhinoplasty and a month to six months after open rhinoplasty. Sleeping with your head elevated for two weeks following surgery will help reduce swelling. Numbness on the tip of your nose may last several weeks and is to be expected. Bandages and splints may be removed after five to 10 days. Stitches inside your nose do not need to be removed, but the ones outside your nose may be removed after four to seven days. If you have nasal packing, they may be removed after a few days. At the end of two weeks, all splints and stitches will be removed.
Contact Lenses: You will be able to wear contact lenses when you feel you are ready. Patients who wear glasses will need to have them taped to the forehead or propped on their cheeks for about four to six weeks following surgery.
Makeup: You can wear makeup after a week or two. Bruises can be covered using common makeup techniques.
Showering: You may shower after surgery as long as you keep your dressings dry.
Discomfort: Discomfort is moderate. Pain medication will be prescribed by your surgeon, however, if you begin to have severe pain, contact your surgeon immediately.
Recovery: It may take several weeks to get back to your regular routine. Sports and other strenuous activity should not be performed several weeks after surgery. Be careful not to take part in any activity that may result in a blow to the nose for about four to six weeks. Airline travel is not recommended for the first few weeks after surgery. Don’t expose your nose to direct sunlight. For open rhinoplasty, there will be a small permanent incision mark along the columella.
Results: Each patient heals and scars differently. It is vital to keep in mind that the results of this procedure vary from patient to patient. However, most patients will enjoy their final results within 12 to 24 months.
Brandon-Dzung Mang, M.D., can help create a natural and beautifully shaped nose through rhinoplasty surgery. He serves patients in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as Atlanta, Alpharetta, and the neighboring communities in Georgia. Contact us today.