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Utah Rhinoplasty – Nose Job

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, provides a powerful way to change your appearance or correct a variety of physical challenges.

In Utah, Dr. Steven Warnock, one of the state’s leading board-certified plastic surgeons, helps patients transform their health, their appearance and their lives through rhinoplasty and other facial plastic surgery procedures.

Dr. Warnock, along with his team of highly trained and experienced medical professionals, takes a highly customized approach with every patient. We work extensively to create the perfect results, whatever your goals may be.

Why Rhinoplasty?

The reason people seek nasal surgery are as varied and unique as our patients.

Some patients have functional or structural issues that make breathing difficult, such as a deviated or misaligned septum. This and related problems can restrict airflow and lead to chronic sinus infections and nasal congestion.

Other patients come to Dr. Warnock for help with a congenital issue or prior trauma to the nose, such as a car accident. For anyone who has felt shame or embarrassment over a nasal deformity, this surgical procedure can be truly transformative.

Finally, many of our patients simply want a more refined facial appearance. We carry our identity in our face and naturally desire to have a more symmetrical, balanced facial structure.

This procedure can correct multiple nasal concerns, such as:

  • Large, wide or upturned nostrils
  • A tip that is hooked, upturned, large, or drooping
  • Visible humps on the bridge
  • The size of the nose in relation to facial proportion
  • Asymmetrical nostrils
  • Deviated septum or other breathing hindrances

During surgery, Dr. Warnock will either make an incision from within the nose or across the column of tissue that separates the nostrils. The underlying framework of the nose is then altered to accommodate the patient’s desired shape and size, and the incision is stitched.

Utah Revision Rhinoplasty

If you previously underwent nose surgery but failed to get the results you’d hoped, Dr. Warnock can help.

Revision rhinoplasty helps improve form and function after prior surgery led to changes or collapsing of nasal tissues. This procedure is also appropriate if you didn’t get the facial appearance you were looking for after your first nose job.

Because this procedure is highly complex and requires an expert cosmetic surgeon’s touch, Dr. Warnock takes the time to evaluate the results of your prior procedure to determine what went wrong.

Whether your previous nose job led to functional issues (such as blockage or breathing problems) or you experienced a visible deformity, contact us today to learn more about how revision rhinoplasty can help.

Utah’s Preferred Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Dr. Warnock is both board certified and fellowship trained. He is also a proud member of the Premier Plastic Surgery Group of Utah, an elite group of surgeons who specialize in reconstructive, plastic and cosmetic surgery.

For more than two decades, Dr. Warnock has been changing the lives of his patients. We serve patients throughout Utah from our convenient, state-of-the-art facility in Draper.

When you come in for your rhinoplasty consultation, you will experience an exceptional level of personalized attention and care. Our expert staff understands how to make you comfortable and put you at ease as we discuss your goals and desires. Dr. Warnock will carefully analyze your nose and facial structure and discuss your medical history to ensure you’re a good candidate for rhinoplasty. Finally, using advanced 3D imaging technology, Dr. Warnock will give you a sneak peek at what your results might look like.

If you would like to learn more about nose surgery and how it could benefit you, contact our office today. We look forward to answering your questions and helping you decide if rhinoplasty is right for you.

For at least the first 24 hours, your face will feel puffy, your nose may ache, and you may have a dull headache. You can control any discomfort with the pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. Plan on staying in bed with your head elevated (except for going to the bathroom) for the first day.

You’ll notice that the swelling and bruising around your eyes will increase at first, reaching a peak after two or three days. Applying cold compresses will reduce this swelling and make you feel a bit better.

A little bleeding is common during the first few days following surgery, and you may continue to feel some stuffiness for several weeks. Your surgeon will probably ask you not to blow your nose for a week or so, while the tissues heal.

Your surgeon will give you more specific guidelines for gradually resuming your normal activities. They’re likely to include these suggestions: Avoid strenuous activity (jogging, swimming, bending, sexual relations-any activity that increases your blood pressure) for two to three weeks. Avoid hitting or rubbing your nose, or getting it sunburned, for eight weeks. Be gentle when washing your face and hair or using cosmetics.

Your surgeon will schedule frequent follow-up visits in the months after surgery, to check on the progress of your healing. If you have any unusual symptoms between visits, or any questions about what you can and can’t do, don’t hesitate to call your doctor.

Rhinoplasty usually takes an hour or two, though complicated procedures may take longer and may depend on anesthesia type. During surgery the skin of the nose is separated from its supporting framework of bone and cartilage, which is then sculpted to the desired shape.

When the surgery is complete, a splint will be applied to help your nose maintain its new shape. Nasal packs or soft plastic splints also may be placed in your nostrils to stabilize the septum, the dividing wall between the air passages.

Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications, and washing your face. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly.

While you’re making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days if needed.

When rhinoplasty is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor. Nevertheless, there is always a possibility of complications, including infection, nosebleed, or a reaction to the anesthesia. You can reduce your risks by closely following your surgeon’s instructions both before and after surgery.

In about one case out of ten, a second procedure may be required-for example, to correct a minor deformity. Such cases are unpredictable and happen even to patients of the most skilled surgeons. The corrective surgery is usually minor.

The best candidates for rhinoplasty are people who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. If you’re physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate. Rhinoplasty can be performed to meet aesthetic goals or to correct birth defects or breathing problems.

Age may also be a consideration. Many surgeons prefer not to operate on teenagers until after they’ve completed their growth spurt-around 14 or 15 for girls, a bit later for boys. It’s important to consider teenagers’ social and emotional adjustment, too, and to make sure it’s what they, and not their parents, really want.

Rhinoplasty, or surgery to reshape the nose, is one of the most common of all plastic surgery procedures. Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip. It may also correct a birth defect or injury, or help relieve some breathing problems.