There's little that has a greater impact on how people look than the size and shape of their nose. There is no "ideal" nose, so cosmetic surgery of the nose should produce a result that looks natural and harmonizes well with other facial features. With a rhinoplasty or nose surgery (often simply referred to as a "nose job"), a very slight alteration is often all that is needed to achieve a much more attractive and balanced appearance. Dr. Scott Gayner is a double board-certified, face-focused plastic surgeon with years of experience working with the delicate nasal area; he has both the surgical skill and artistic eye to make the fine adjustments that are necessary to create a beautiful nose through rhinoplasty in Lancaster, PA.
Women and men visit Dr. Gayner in Harrisburg for rhinoplasty from Lancaster and other central Pennsylvania communities. To discuss what you would like to change about your nose, request a consultation with Dr. Gayner online or call our office at (717) 728-1700.
"The ideal nose today is a natural-looking nose that fits the face." — Dr. Gayner
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A rhinoplasty surgery is a plastic surgical procedure that can reconstruct and improve the form of the nose, aesthetically enhance it, balance it in relation to other facial features, and restore lost function. It achieves these goals by correcting congenital defects, damage due to previous nasal trauma, breathing issues, aesthetic disproportions, or a failed primary (first) rhinoplasty.
Dr. Gayner performs rhinoplasty to make one or a combination of improvements to the nose, which may include:
Some of the most common requests for rhinoplasty that patients bring to Dr. Gayner include removing a hump or bump in the nasal bridge, narrowing nostril width, balancing the angle between the nose and mouth, as well as correcting birth defects, injuries, or other issues that affect breathing, such as a deviated septum (often referred to as a septoplasty).
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After a careful examination, Dr. Gayner may use computer-simulated imaging to guide a discussion of how you would like your nose to look and how that could be accomplished through rhinoplasty. Using our Vectra 3-D imaging device, Dr. Gayner will mock up a 3-D model to compare what you might look like before and after surgery. This imaging allows Dr. Gayner a clear way to communicate the options and possibilities that can be achieved with nose surgery, and patients with a way to visually represent their concerns and what they would like to improve.
You are more likely to be pleased with your results if you have realistic expectations about what rhinoplasty will accomplish, so it's important to choose a surgeon who will be honest and forthcoming about the procedure. You should also ask your surgeon to provide before-and-after photographs of former patients so you can see the results that they have actually produced.
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Rhinoplasty is an incredibly versatile procedure that can correct a variety of aesthetic and functional concerns of the nose. By using leading-edge techniques, Dr. Gayner can reduce the appearance of a nasal hump, resize the nostrils, or adjust the projection of the nose. There are very few aesthetic concerns that can't be alleviated with surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Gayner reviews your goals with you and helps you determine whether rhinoplasty is right for you.
Dr. Gayner performs rhinoplasty at an ambulatory surgery center using sedation or general anesthetic. Dr. Gayner reshapes the structure of the nose through carefully placed incisions. In most cases, he uses the "open" rhinoplasty technique, which involves an incision between the nostrils at the columella (the fleshy, outer end of the septum), as it provides the greatest access both visually and physically to the internal structures of the nose. An open rhinoplasty is a much easier and reliable method to secure any grafts to the skin, cartilage, or bone.
Once he has made the incisions, he removes and repositions the nose by manipulating the underlying bone, cartilage, or both.
After the surgery is complete and Dr. Gayner has closed the incisions, a splint is applied to the outside of the nose to provide support and help it restructure and recover itself. All patients are able to return home the day of surgery.
Expect to feel stuffy and wear the nose splint for about a week after rhinoplasty. Sleeping in a recliner or propped up in bed with pillows will help minimize swelling and bruising. Pain is usually minimal but depends on the extent of your surgery. Most patients are ready to return to work after a week.
Although you may see some slight changes in the appearance of your nose for up to a year, your new look should be visible when initial swelling subsides in the first few weeks after your surgery. If the rhinoplasty was performed properly, people will not be able to tell you had surgery (besides the aesthetic improvements). The results should look natural and harmonize well with the rest of the face.
Dr. Gayner advises most of his rhinoplasty patients to wait at least two weeks before attempting any exercise that might elevate their blood pressure or heart rate, as it could cause the nose to swell or bleed. Depending on the extent of the surgery and individual healing rates, most patients are able to return to more vigorous exercise after about a month.
If you're considering rhinoplasty, you probably have a lot of questions. To learn more about what you can expect from your experience at Stratis Gayner, check out our Rhinoplasty FAQ.
If after your initial consultation you decide that you are not ready for surgery, you might consider a non-surgical facial procedure to refresh your appearance.