Rhinoplasty – nose surgery to improve your appearance or correct health problems – requires an experienced surgeon like Dr. Felix Bopp at Bopp Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery. From helping patients with a structural defect or nose injury, to making cosmetic changes that make you happy with the way you look, he has the expertise and artistic eye you can count on to deliver optimal results. If you’d like to learn more about rhinoplasty, call his office in Metairie, Louisiana, or book an appointment online for a consultation.
What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is surgery performed on your nose. Dr. Felix Bopp offers reconstructive rhinoplasty to improve breathing that’s impaired by structural defects, repair damage from an injury, remove polyps, fix a fracture, or treat other health problems. However, rhinoplasty is most often requested for cosmetic reasons.
Cosmetic rhinoplasty can change issues you don’t like about your nose, including:
- Reduce its size
- Straighten a crooked nose
- Adjust nose width at the bridge
- Change the position of nostrils
- Correct nostrils that are too large, wide, or upturned
- Eliminate visible humps or depressions on the bridge
- Change the tip of the nose when it’s too large, drooping, upturned, or hooked
- Correct nasal asymmetry
Who is a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
Dr. Felix Bopp can consider rhinoplasty for all adults and for most adolescents older than 16 because that’s when facial structures are fully developed. Performing surgery before then can interfere with normal nose growth.
One of the most important considerations is making sure that you have reasonable expectations and that you have a good idea what you’ll look like after nose surgery. To be sure you’re confident about your decision to have rhinoplasty, you’ll meet with Dr. Bopp for a consultation. During that appointment, he will evaluate your nose and talk with you about all the factors that influence the outcome of your surgery.
What happens during and after surgery?
Dr. Bopp may perform an open or closed rhinoplasty, depending on the extent of work being done. During open surgery, an incision is made between the two nostrils. In a closed procedure, the incision is inside the nose. Dr. Bopp uses a closed technique whenever possible to avoid visible scarring, but in some cases an open rhinoplasty can’t be avoided.
When will you see results?
You’ll be able to see results as soon as your swelling goes down, which usually takes a few weeks. You may continue to see gradual changes as your new nose continues to heal and develop, a process that can take up to a year.
When you decide to undergo plastic surgery like rhinoplasty, you need an expert like Dr. Bopp. His surgical skills and experienced, artistic eye for aesthetics are valuable for procedures like nose surgery that require very small surgical changes.