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Rhinoplasty in Dartmouth , MA

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About Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is an aesthetic procedure performed to enhance the shape and size of the nose. In addition, rhinoplasty can help improve breathing function in some patients. Dartmouth, MA plastic surgeon Dr. Caroline Plamondon is a seasoned cosmetic facial surgeon who offers rhinoplasty, taking a subtle approach to create the most natural outcomes. Even though rhinoplasty consists of slight changes, results can be impressively dramatic. This surgery at Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery is performed to make a nose look smaller or improve a nose that is large, protrudes outward, or is of an irregular shape. The goal is to create a more aesthetically pleasing nose that meets your goals and functions properly. Learn more about cosmetic rhinoplasty and then contact Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in Providence, RI to schedule your consultation.

Ideal Candidates

Both men and women are candidates for rhinoplasty. If you are unhappy with the size and shape of your nose and have areas you would like to correct and enhance, this treatment may be the appropriate solution. It is important that realistic expectations are discussed, as your facial appearance will be changed. In addition, facial growth should also be complete. This will all be assessed during your consultation, especially for teens.

Surgical Technique

Rhinoplasty is performed with the patient under general anesthesia and is usually an outpatient surgery. There are various surgical techniques, depending on the specific patient case. Dr. Plamondon performs nose surgery with either an open or closed technique. The goal during treatment is to reduce excess cartilage, tissue, and bone, or to improve and add cartilage for a new shape. The nose is repositioned while the skin is redraped over the newly improved framework. Sutures are implemented either inside the nose or along the natural external crease.

What to Expect

Following your rhinoplasty, you will be carefully monitored in the recovery room and then be released to heal at home. The nose will be bruised and swollen for a few days. In most cases, there is bruising and discoloration under the eyes as well. Ice packs and pain medication can help with these effects. Your follow-up appointment with Dr. Plamondon will take place within a day or so following surgery to check your healing process. It generally takes about 2 – 4 weeks to recover from rhinoplasty. During this recovery phase, strenuous activity should be avoided.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of nose reshaping surgery varies based on the technique used and the complexity of the procedure. Before estimating costs, Dr. Plamondon will listen to your needs and goals to help create your custom treatment plan. Once this is done, she can go over costs for the facility, anesthesia, and more. To get your best results, it's better to focus on choosing an experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Plamondon, instead of the cheapest cost. To help make your surgery easy to afford, Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods and we can help you find low-interest medical financing.

Will my insurance cover functional nose surgery?
While rhinoplasty to improve your appearance is not covered by insurance, if your nose reshaping surgery is considered medically necessary to improve your breathing, some of your costs may be covered by insurance. If you are considering using your insurance, please tell Dr. Plamondon during your consultation. Our office will help you submit the needed paperwork and information to your insurance to properly process your claim.

Are there nonsurgical options to change my nose?
To smooth the appearance of lumps and bumps on your nose, a hyaluronic acid-based wrinkle filler (like Juvéderm or Restylane) may be an option. An injectable filler can temporarily correct minor imperfections on your nose, which may help you decide if you want to proceed with rhinoplasty. Nose surgery is better for long-lasting results, larger changes, and to improve the internal structure of the nose for better function. During your consultation, Dr. Plamondon will let you know if you may be a candidate for nonsurgical nose reshaping.

What about ethnic rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty focuses on improving the appearance of the nose while still maintaining your cultural identity. This may be a consideration if you are Asian, African-American, or Middle Eastern. During your consultation with Dr. Plamondon, you can discuss what you like about your nose and what you would like to change. This will allow her to customize your treatment plan so you get your best results.

Can I combine nose surgery with other facial surgeries?
Many patients consider combining nose surgery with another cosmetic procedure, like chin augmentation. Combining surgeries for a more dramatic result can be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Plamondon. Once she understands your concerns and goals, she can help you decide what procedures should be in your treatment plan. Nose reshaping surgery can often help make your whole face look more balanced so you should wait to see your results before considering another procedure.

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Rhinoplasty is a simple solution to address the displeasure you may feel when looking at your facial profile. If you are unhappy with the look of your nose or if you are experiencing breathing issues, rhinoplasty may help. Rhinoplasty is a very common cosmetic treatment with great success rates. Dr. Plamondon aims to reshape your nose so your whole face looks more proportionate and attractive. Even small tweaks can make a huge difference. We invite you to call Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in Dartmouth, MA to schedule a consultation.

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