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Nose Surgery or Rhinoplasty in Birmingham AL

Reshape Your Nose, Balance Your Facial Features

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Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery or nose reshaping, is designed to enhance the appearance and proportions of your nose by bringing it into better balance with the other facial features. Rhinoplasty can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.

Rhinoplasty can dramatically improve the look of your nose by:

  • Making the nose smaller, larger or more symmetrical to restore facial balance.
  • Reshaping the nose bridge by reducing its width, smoothing humps or depressions, or straightening a crooked nose.
  • Changing the size and position of nostrils that are too large, wide or upturned.
  • Reshaping a nasal tip that is enlarged or bulbous, drooping, upturned or hooked.

The Birmingham, Alabama plastic surgeons at Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery have the skills, the experience and the artistic eye to create a more pleasing profile with nose reshaping. For people with functional problems such as a blockage or deviated septum, rhinoplasty is an effective option for clearing the airways and nostrils for improved breathing. Please contact us today to get started with your consultation for nose surgery.

Rhinoplasty Candidates

You may be a good candidate for nose surgery if:

If you desire a more symmetrical nose, keep in mind that everyone's face is asymmetric to some degree. Results may not be completely symmetric, although the goal is to create facial balance and correct proportion.

Your Rhinoplasty Consultation

During your rhinoplasty consultation be prepared to discuss:

Your rhinoplasty surgeon may also:

Rhinoplasty Risks and Safety

Each patient must decide if the benefits of nose surgery will achieve their goals, and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. The risks of rhinoplasty include:

Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with nose surgery. Nose surgery risks will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It's important that you address all of your concerns about risks with your plastic surgeon. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks or potential complications.

The risks of rhinoplasty will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It's important that you address all of your concerns about risks with your plastic surgeon. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure.

Preparing for Rhinoplasty

In preparing for nose surgery, you may be asked to:

Nose surgery procedures are performed at our accredited Outpatient Surgery Facility in Birmingham, Alabama. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and stay with you for at least the first night after surgery.

Rhinoplasty Procedure

Nose surgery is performed using intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your surgeon will recommend the best choice for you.

Nose Surgery Incisions

Rhinoplasty is performed using either a closed procedure, where incisions are hidden inside the nose, or an open procedure, where an incision is made across the columella (the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils).

Rhinoplasty incision location
Open rhinoplasty incision across the columella

Through these incisions, the skin that covers the nasal bones and cartilages is gently raised, allowing access to reshape the structure of the nose.

Once the underlying structure of the nose is sculpted to the desired shape, nasal skin and tissue is redraped and incisions are closed. Additional incisions may be placed in the natural creases of the nostrils to alter their size.

Reshaping the Nose Structure

An overly large nose may be reduced by removing bone or cartilage. Sometimes surgery of the nose may require the addition of cartilage grafts.

Most commonly, cartilage from the septum, the partition in the middle of the nose, is used for this purpose. Occasionally cartilage from the ear or rarely a section of rib cartilage can be used.

Correcting a Deviated Septum

If the septum is deviated, it can be straightened and the projections inside the nose reduced to improve breathing.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

During your rhinoplasty recovery, a splint and/or packing may be placed inside your nose and a splint or bandages placed on the outside to support and protect the new structures during initial healing.

Your plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself after surgery. Following these instructions is essential to the success of your rhinoplasty procedure. The instructions may include:

Rhinoplasty Results

The results of rhinoplasty surgery with Dr. William Hedden, Dr. Stephen Gunn or Dr. Joshua Halka will be long-lasting. While initial swelling subsides within a few weeks, it may take up to a year for your new nasal contour to fully refine. During this time you may notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose as it refines to a more permanent outcome.

Swelling may come and go and worsen in the morning during the first year following your rhinoplasty surgery.

As your body ages, it is natural to have some gradual changes to your face including your nose. But most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.

A healthy lifestyle and life-long sun protection will help extend the results of your new appearance.

Rhinoplasty before and after
Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty) before and after

Rhinoplasty Words to Know

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Hedden and Gunn Plastic Surgery

Nose Surgery, or rhinoplasty, enhances facial harmony by improving the appearance and proportions of the nose.

Birmingham, AL Office & Surgery Suites

Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery
140 Village Street
Birmingham, AL 35242
205-980-1744 or 800-HeddenMD
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Questions About Facial Rejuvenation?

To find out more about Nose Reshaping or Rhinoplasty at Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery, please contact our Birmingham, AL practice today.

To schedule your consultation at the earliest possible date, please call 205-980-1744.

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