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Colorado West Otolaryngologists

Facial Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology Practice & Allergy Clinic located in Grand Junction, Montrose, and Gunnison, CO

If it’s becoming increasingly difficult to breathe out of your nose because of a deviated septum, you may be a candidate for rhinoplasty. At Colorado West Otolaryngologists, PC, with offices in Gunnison, Grand Junction, and Montrose, Colorado, the otolaryngologists offer comprehensive and customized surgical plans for rhinoplasty procedures. They focus on correcting structural issues to improve your breathing. If other treatments aren’t working for your nasal issues, find out more about the benefits of rhinoplasty. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Rhinoplasty Q & A

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, which is sometimes called a nose job, is a surgical procedure to correct structural issues in your nose. You may need to have this type of surgery if you have breathing difficulties due to injuries or structural issues like a deviated septum.

The otolaryngologists can determine if you’re a candidate for rhinoplasty by reviewing your medical history, your existing health, and the medical issues you want to address.

What happens during rhinoplasty?

The surgeons at Colorado West Otolaryngologists can determine the best surgical techniques to use during a rhinoplasty based on your individual needs. You may need light sedation or general anesthesia depending on the complexity of the surgery.

Your provider focuses on making incisions in specific areas of your nose to minimize the risk for scars. Through these incisions, they can correct issues in the bone or cartilage of your nose, such as repositioning the bone or removing excess cartilage.

If you're having rhinoplasty to enhance the appearance of your nose, your Colorado West Otolaryngologists surgeon designs a surgical plan based on your goals and on the overall shape and natural contours of your face.

How long does it take to recover from rhinoplasty?

Following your rhinoplasty procedure, you should be able to return home on the same day to begin your recovery. It’s normal to experience bleeding and swelling in the surgical area that eventually resolves without further treatment. You may also experience persistent nasal congestion in the early stages of healing that makes breathing uncomfortable.

Your Colorado West Otolaryngologists provider places clean dressings inside your nose following surgery and may use tape to protect your nose. They show you how to care for your dressings during your recovery to reduce your risk for infection and other complications.

As everyone heals differently, you can ask your surgeon how long it will take to see the optimal results of your rhinoplasty. Generally, it can take six weeks or longer for swelling and bruising to diminish before you can see and feel the benefits of rhinoplasty. You can expect to avoid strenuous activities for several weeks to allow your nose to heal fully.

To find out if you’re a candidate for rhinoplasty, call the Colorado West Otolaryngologists, PC, office nearest you or book an appointment online today.