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Rhinoplasty Los Angeles

One of the most common types of plastic surgery, rhinoplasty (“rhino" is the Greek word for nose) is used to reduce or (far less often) increase the size of the nose, change its shape or angle, remove a bump, correct a deviated septum, narrow the span of the nostrils, or correct a birth defect or injury. It can be performed on persons of any age (though the minimum is usually 14 or 15, when the growth spurt is concluded), and sometimes more than once. Candidates for rhinoplasty include men and women who are looking to improve the appearance and/or function of the nose. It also important

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that patients have realistic expectations since perfection is not always possible. Surgery can be particularly beneficial for individuals suffering from a deviated septum, birth defect or injury to the nose. An initial consultation with Dr. Kapoor in his Beverly Hills office will help to determine if a “nose job" is right for you.

Dr. Kapoor performs the rhinoplasty surgery onsite at the state-of-the-art AAAHC-certified facility, The Beverly Hills Wellness Surgery Center. While surgical times will vary depending on the complexity of the case, rhinoplasty generally takes one to two hours to complete. Local anesthesia combined with intravenous sedation may be used or, in other cases, general anesthesia may be preferred.

Dr. Kapoor is regarded for providing one of the best plastic surgery Beverly Hills has to offer, so you can trust him with your rhinoplasty procedure.

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The Procedure

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Rhinoplasty can be performed from the inside, with all incisions confined to the inside of the nose. This is often referred to as a Once the incisions have been made, Dr. Kapoor will separate the skin of the nose from the underlying framework of bone and cartilage. This framework will then be reshaped to achieve the desired result. Once the nose has been remodeled, the skin will then be re-draped over the new framework and sutured into place. After the surgery is complete, a splint will be applied to the outside of the nose and cotton or soft plastic splints may be placed in the nostrils.

What To Expect

Patients can expect the face too look and feel puffy for the first twenty-four hours after surgery. During this time, the nose may ache and patients may also experience a mild headache. It recommended that patients remain in bed with the head elevated during their first day after surgery. Discomfort can be controlled with medication. If nasal packing was applied after surgery, it will be removed within a few days. bed with the head elevated during their first day after surgery. Discomfort can be controlled with medication. If nasal packing was applied after surgery, it will be removed within a few days. Some bleeding may occur for several days and stuffiness can occur for several weeks. Patients will need to avoid blowing the nose for at least a week to allow the tissues to heal. Swelling and bruising, particularly around the eyes, are common and may increase during the first two or three days after surgery. However, the majority of swelling and bruising will fade within about two weeks though some minor, unnoticeable swelling may remain for several months. Applying cold compresses can help to minimize the swelling. Dressings, splints and sutures are removed after one to two weeks.

Post-Operation & Recovery

Most patients are moving around and feeling pretty good within about two days after surgery. Work or school may be resumed after about one week. Strenuous activities which increase the blood pressure should be avoided for about eight weeks. During this time, it also important to avoid sunburn, rubbing or hitting the nose, and washing the face or hair too vigorously.

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Common Rhinoplasty Questions

Q. Who can benefit from rhinoplasty?
Men and women who would like a better-looking or better-functioning nose, and who realize that perfection is not always possible. Certainly, a “nose job" has helped make millions of women and a lesser number of men more attractive, but it’s not for everyone. However, it can be of vital importance if one’s nose has been seriously damaged due to an injury or, since birth, has not looked “normal." For those with a deviated (out of place) septum (the structure separating the nostrils), rhinoplasty can facilitate breathing-and thereby make it easier to sleep, run, swim or engage in other activities-and it may even enhance the sense of smell.

Q. What are the risks?
When rhinoplasty is performed by a highly skilled aesthetic surgeon, such as Dr. Kapoor, the risk is rare. Still, as with any surgery, there may be complications, such as infection, nosebleed, or a reaction to the anesthesia. In certain instances after surgery, small blood vessels may burst and appear (temporarily or permanently) as tiny red spots on the surface of the skin.

Q. What’s the first step?
An initial consultation with Dr. Kapoor in his Beverly Hills office. You’ll be asked what you’d like your new nose to look like, and you’ll be shown pictures of various sizes and shapes, as well as before-and-after photos of patients who have undergone the procedure. However, there are limitations to what rhinoplasty surgery can achieve. The structure of your nasal bones and cartilage, the size and shape of your face, the thickness and color of your skin, your age and height-all can influence the procedure and the results you can realistically expect.


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