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rhinoplastyRhinoplasty is a term we hear thrown around all the time. How much do people really know about the procedure? Yahoo News explores rhinoplasty procedures in a recent article titled “New Jersey Plastic Surgeons Shed Light on Recovery From Rhinoplasty.”

The author of the article writes, “Immediately following rhinoplasty, Dr. Cozzone notes that stitches are used to close all incisions, and a temporary splint will be placed to help the nose hold its new shape. The nose may then be packed with gauze to help control any potential bleeding, he says, as well as to stabilize a repaired septum, if necessary. At this time, the majority of individuals are typically able to return home under the care and supervision of a close friend or family member. During the next few days, Dr. Zapiach explains that some degree of bruising and/or swelling can often be expected, though keeping the head elevated for at least the first 24 hours may be able to help limit these postoperative symptoms. Any pain or discomfort that might be experienced throughout the initial stages of healing can generally be diminished or even eliminated with medication, he adds, and most patients feel well enough to return to non-strenuous work and normal daily activities after about one week. Ultimately, the two plastic surgeons stress that the recovery process from rhinoplasty is unique to every individual. For this reason, they recommend prospective patients consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who can provide a personalized outline of what they may be able to expect following nose surgery based on a thorough assessment of their specific needs and goals.”

If you are considering rhinoplasty, you need a surgeon you can trust. Rex E. Moulton-Barrett, M.D. is internationally known and acknowledged. He is board certified with The American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

With Dr. Moulton-Barrett, rhinoplasty is usually done as an outpatient procedure, meaning there is no overnight stay. When you come in, you’ll get general or local anesthesia. If you get general anesthesia, you’ll sleep through the operation. Otherwise, if you go with local anesthesia, you will be sedated and your nose will be numbed so you are relaxed and unable to feel the pain. When Dr. Moulton-Barrett is conducting the operation, he makes cuts within the nostrils. When he has more difficult cases, he may also make cuts across the base of the nose. Then Dr. Moulton-Barrett reshapes the inner bone and cartilage to produce a more pleasing appearance. By making these incisions, it allows access to the nasal framework so that the rhinoplasty can be performed to add, remove, adjust or reshape existing nose tissue.

If you are considering rhinoplasty, contact our office for a consultation.