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How do you know if you might need to have surgery on your nose, or a rhinoplasty procedure? The Northwest Herald offers some advice in a recent article titled “Are You A Candidate For Rhinoplasty?

Denise Freese of the Northwest Herald writes, “Although the word ‘rhinoplasty’ conjures up images of large-horned beasts in Africa, the term actually refers to a surgical procedure that reshapes the nose; it can improve both its appearance and proportion, and in many cases can also correct breathing issues associated with the nose. Candidates for rhinoplasty surgery may desire the procedure due to aesthetic concerns. These patients are unhappy with their nose, claiming it is too large, too wide or has a large bump. Some don’t like their profile, or believe the tip of their nose isn’t defined enough (too bulbous). Some feel their nose has a ‘boxy tip’, where the cartilage configuration is spread too far apart. The surgery addresses these issues, enhancing facial harmony along with correcting the proportions of the nose in relation to the face. Rhinoplasty surgery can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose, according to Dr. Robert Paresi, Plastic Surgeon. ‘The bone and cartilage between the two sides of the interior of the nose, called the septum, may be deviated, which obstructs or narrows the nasal airway,’ said Dr. Paresi. ‘This can cause snoring or situations where the nose collapses with deep breaths.  Adjusting the nasal structure in these cases helps produce better alignment to relieve breathing difficulties.’ While rhinoplasty for functional reasons is usually covered by insurance, cosmetic surgery is typically not.”

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.