what is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty (also referred to as nose reshaping) is a procedure performed for both men and women to alter or enhance the appearance of the nose and create a greater level of facial harmony and a more balanced appearance. Nose reshaping is also performed to correct injured or misshapen noses, as well as improve the shape or breathing function of the nose for those who suffer from nasal problems. Dr. Fernau’s goal during rhinoplasty surgery is to create beautiful, natural-looking results for Pittsburgh area patients. He emphasizes during the consultation that this plastic surgery changes the shape, alters the tip and redefines the overall look of the nose. Each rhinoplasty procedure is fully customized based on the patient’s personal goals.
"My nose has bothered me since I was a young girl . Finally in my 20’s Dr Fernau did a rhinoplasty & septoplasty . It was the greatest feeling in the world to look in the mirror and not hate my nose. I loved it & my confidence was so much better. Later in my 40’s my daughter accidentally broke my nose and ruined my result. I was so upset because now I no longer liked getting my pictures taken and no longer felt confident. I tried just dealing with it since I was older but inside it really bothered me. Luckily Dr. Fernau saw the damage and understood how it made me feel. The reconstruction would be a difficult one but he was feeling up to the challenge. He rebuilt my nose and gave me an amazing result even though it was very complicated. I feel I missed out on so many photos with my daughter but now feel happy and excited to take pictures again with her and my family. I always feel safe with Dr Fernau and his staff. They feel more like family to me. I always know I’m in good hands . I cannot thank him enough for making me happy & confident again!"- S.G. / Google / Mar 22, 2022
"Dr. Fernau, Sheila and his whole staff define what it means to be a consummate professional. I personally came to Dr. Fernau because of his reputation for such quality work and a very high success rate, and he did not disappoint. Dr. Fernau performed a Septoplasty/Rhinoplasty procedure on me and I cannot be any more pleased with the results than I am now, the outcome is even better than I expected. From the first consultation, Dr. fernau explained in detail the process and exactly what this procedure would entail. The follow up, professionalism, and just genuine care and attention that you get from Dr. Fernau and his whole staff are second to none. The results of his work speaks for itself. However, he goes above and beyond to not just create a great outcome, but to make you comfortable and understand that you are in good hands. I would highly recommend that anyone looking to get a top quality doctor and incredible results with a specific attention to your needs and well being to speak with Dr. Fernau. I can testify from experience that you will not be disappointed."- T.M. / Google / Apr 01, 2022
"Dr. Fernau is a great doctor, he removed a mole from my nose, it originally had left a small indentation, but he fixed that by another quick surgery and prescribing laser treatment sessions. Cindy is also fantastic and very professional, nice and kind. She helped with my laser treatment and now my nose looks great and you can hardly see any scars. They are an excellent and kind people that I highly recommend. Thank you Dr. Fernau and to Cindy!!"- J.R. / Google / Jul 13, 2022
"I am one month post-op and I have truly never been happier. My septorhinoplasty experience was so much easier than I could have ever imagined. From the first consultation, Dr Fernau and Sherry were incredibly welcoming and informative about the entire process. Surgery and my post op appointments all went so smoothly with the help of the kind team at Radiance and Sheila and the rest of Dr Fernau's team. I was worried about bruising and pain, but I never had facial bruising and didn't even need the prescription pain medication. It was such a smooth recovery and really a great experience from start to finish. Everyone involved was incredibly kind, helpful, supportive, and caring. My breathing has improved tremendously and made my life 1000x easier. Dr Fernau listened to exactly how I wanted the shape to be and now a month since the surgery, I could not be more in love with my nose. Thank you so so much to Dr Fernau and his team!"- E.C. / Google / Sep 08, 2022
"Dr. Fernau, Sheila, and the rest of the office staff were amazing to work with! They provide excellent care and are incredibly kind and comforting. After years, I have finally gotten a rhinoplasty done. With only being four days post-op today, I am already seeing results and it makes me even more excited to see the final results after the remainder of the healing is done! I could not be any happier with my experience. They have done a wonderful job of taking one of my biggest insecurities and turning it into something that I can finally love about myself!"- N.G. / Google / Jan 21, 2023
what are the types of rhinoplasty?
There are several techniques used for rhinoplasty. The approach taken will be based on the complexity of the surgical case and the overall goal of the patient.
With an open rhinoplasty, the incisions are made on the tissue between the nostrils or on the natural crease of the nose just above the lips. This allows for greater access and view of the confines of the nose. Surgeons prefer this as it is easier to manipulate the bones and cartilage. The skin is peeled back to reveal the internal structure of the nose and redraped once reshaping is completed. The scars associated with this approach are tiny - less than 5mm - so they are not easily noticeable once fully healed.
During a closed rhinoplasty surgery, incisions are made to the inside of the nose through the nostrils. This is a common technique for patients who desire mild reshaping. This approach does not cause visible scarring. For severe reshaping cases, the open technique will be implemented.
Can i get results without rhinoplasty surgery?
For minor reshaping, some patients may opt to try an injectable filler to achieve results. These come in a variety of liquid substances, and sometimes a fat transfer can also be utilized. A filler can help add volume to hide small deformities, such as a bump or a bony appearance. It is important to note that fillers can only do so much in the reshaping process. For most patients, surgery is a better option and will offer a permanent solution.
Am I A Candidate For Rhinoplasty?
Both men and women are candidates for cosmetic nose surgery. If you find yourself frustrated with the overall look of your nose and have areas you hope to correct and enhance, this surgery may be the recommended course of action. Expectations must be understood, as your facial appearance will be altered. In addition, facial growth should also be complete. This will also be assessed during your consultation, especially for adolescents.
how long is recovery from rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is performed in an accredited surgical facility under general anesthesia. The procedure lasts up to 2 hours and is considered outpatient. After surgery, there will be swelling and soreness around the nose area. Bruising is also a side effect of surgery. The nose will be placed in a splint for additional support. During the first 7-10 days following surgery, the side effects will begin to disappear and the splint will be removed. Patients will be able to see their results immediately; however, it may take several months for the full results to appear.
how much does rhinoplasty cost?
A rhinoplasty surgery can run between $6,000 to $10,000 depending on the surgical case. For more complex cases, skin or fat grafting, or even cartilage reconstruction may be performed. If the procedure is purely cosmetic, the expenses are the patient’s responsibility. However, if reconstruction is performed to correct a deformity, trauma or medical condition, insurance may cover a portion of the expense.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,900 - $14,900
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Is It Risky?
All surgical procedures carry some form of risk. These risks can be greatly minimized if an experienced nose surgeon is chosen to perform the surgery. While rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the U.S., surgeon skill is critical so that a beautiful, satisfactory outcome can result.
Around half of all rhinoplasty cases will include some form of nose breaking in order to allow the surgeon to reshape the cartilage and bone. This is primarily intended for patients who have nasal asymmetry. The broken bone or cartilage will be reshaped and reattached, and then supported by splints during recovery.
Nasal packing is done to help with bleeding, especially if the surgery involves the septum. Gauze or cotton packs are inserted into the nasal chamber during this process. Patients find it uncomfortable, but the packing is only in for a short-term during the immediate recovery phase.
Surgical or Nonsurgical?
This depends on the patient’s nose structure and what aesthetic result is trying to be achieved. For significant reshaping, the surgical approach will be performed as this allows the surgeon to manipulate the cartridges and bones. If the patient is looking for a subtle improvement, adding volume to the area may suffice.
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