Achieve Picture Perfect Facial Harmony
An overly large or misshapen nose can disrupt your facial symmetry, make you feel self-conscious, and even cause difficulties breathing.
Fortunately, a rhinoplasty or nose reshaping surgery can enhance your appearance and restore normal function as needed.
Dr. David A. Sherris specializes in rhinoplasty. Only a small number of facial plastic surgeons excel in this area.
A Nose Job Can Transform Your Appearance
So how does a rhinoplasty work?
A Rhinoplasty is a Detailed Procedure
Do a lot of patients undergo rhinoplasties?
Rhinoplasty can correct a diverse range of issues...
Patients Trust Us with Revising Their Results
Many patients who have undergone rhinoplasty in the past and are unhappy with their results also trust Dr. Sherris with delivering the results they want. Dr. Sherris not only specializes in rhinoplasty. He is a renowned revision rhinoplasty surgeon who has helped many patients achieve the look and feel they always wanted.
Find out if you qualify for surgery...
Are You a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty can be used to:
- Change the overall size of the nose
- Narrow the span of the nostrils
- Remove a hump
- Change the angle between the upper lip and the nose
- Change the shape of either the tip or the bridge of the nose
- Straighten a crooked nose
- Improve a collapsed (saddle) nose
- Relieve breathing problems
Men and women who are physically healthy, realistic in their expectations, and who are looking to improve the appearance of the nose may be good candidates for rhinoplasty. Age is an important factor, however. We generally recommend postponing rhinoplasty until the nose has finished growing, which is typically around age 16 for boys and girls.
What if you have a sensitive nose? Is rhinoplasty still an option?
A Comfortable Procedure
According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, patients who undergo rhinoplasty typically describe their discomfort as minimal to moderate. Surgery feels like a stuffy head cold.
In most cases, discomfort subsides within three to six days. Additionally, Dr. Sherris can prescribe pain medication to ease any discomfort during this time.
Can a rhinoplasty really make that much of a difference?
What does the treatment process entail?
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Rhinoplasty surgery typically takes one to two hours to perform and may take place in an outpatient surgery center or a hospital. Dr. Sherris usually recommends undergoing the procedure with general anesthesia to protect your airway and make the procedure safer.
Take a closer look at what happens during a rhinoplasty...
Careful Alterations Are Made to the Nose
As with all types of surgery, there is a risk of complications during and after surgery, including infection and adverse anesthesia reactions. However, in Dr. Sherris' hands, these short-term complications are extremely rare. He will walk you through all the potential risks during your consultation so that you can make a fully-informed decision before committing to surgery.
What should I expect after surgery?
Although it can take up to a year for the results of your rhinoplasty to finalize, your final outcome can last a lifetime. While the natural effects of aging may affect your nose somewhat, any changes should be very minor overall.
Dr. Sherris has performed over 5000 rhinoplasty surgeries, improving both the appearance and the function of the nose. He can plan your treatment according to your desired outcome and help set realistic expectations for the best possible experience.
What if you need revision surgery?
Trust Your Nose To A Specialist in Revision Rhinoplasty
Revision rhinoplasty, sometimes referred to as secondary rhinoplasty, is specialty at our Buffalo-based Clinic of Facial Plastic Surgery. Revision rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to revise or repair the results of previous rhinoplasty surgery.
Both aesthetic and functional problems of the nose may be addressed with revision rhinoplasty. Men and women who are physically healthy, realistic in their expectations, and looking to improve the results of a previous rhinoplasty surgery may be good candidates for revision rhinoplasty. The procedure can take two or more hours to complete and may be performed in an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital. Dr. Sherris usually performs this more complex procedure under general anesthesia to protect the patients airway and well being during surgery. If you have previously undergone a "nose job" and have considered secondary rhinoplasty, please contact our Buffalo, New York plastic surgery practice today to schedule a personal, one-on-one consultation with Dr. Sherris.
Revision Rhinoplasty Overview
There are two incision options for revision rhinoplasty. In what's known as 'closed rhinoplasty', the incisions are solely made on the inside of the nose. 'Open rhinoplasty', on the other hand, involves incisions made on the inside of the nose as well as a small incision made on the underside of the nose between the nostrils. Once the incisions are made, the skin is lifted to reveal the underlying bone and cartilage which are then sculpted to the desired shape. The skin is then replaced and stitched into place. General anesthesia is usually used.
Compared to primary rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty is more complex and may result in more swelling and bruising. Sometimes grafts from other areas of the body, like the ear or rib may be used in revision rhinoplasty to provide structure that is missing from a previous surgery. While the nose takes a full year to heal, much of the swelling will resolve within a few months post surgery. Patients often find that they can return to work within about a week after revision rhinoplasty, though more strenuous activities should be avoided for two to three weeks and risking injury to the nose should be avoided for six weeks. As with all types of surgery, there are potential risks associated with revision rhinoplasty and these may include bleeding, adverse anesthesia reactions, infection, hypertrophic scars, prolonged swelling, deviation, septal perforation or hematoma, permanent or temporary loss of smell, and the need for further surgery. Dr. Sherris will care for you and your needs throughout the entire healing phase until the desired, realistic outcome has been obtained.
Learn More about Revision Rhinoplasty - Contact Dr. Sherris
We invite you to contact Dr. Sherris today if you would like to discuss secondary rhinoplasty. Our Buffalo practice is built on patient care and we would be happy to help you achieve the appearance of your dreams.
"For revision rhinoplasty, you really must find an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon."
Still have questions about the procedure?
Make an Informed Decision Regarding Cosmetic Surgery - Reference Our FAQ
At the Clinic of Facial Plastic Surgery, we specialize in facial procedures, including rhinoplasty. Our FAQ is a resource for our Buffalo-area patients interested in rhinoplasty, and can assist them in providing answers to any questions they may have regarding the procedure. If you are interested in rhinoplasty and have additional questions not addressed below, please feel free to contact our plastic surgery practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sherris. Our team has extensive experience with rhinoplasty, and is committed to our Buffalo patients' needs.
What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery or a "nose job," is a surgical procedure which can alter the size and/or shape of the nose, as well as relieve some breathing problems. There are many changes to the nose that can be achieved through rhinoplasty, including a reduction or increase in size, a reduction of the nostrils, removal of a hump, reshaping of the tip or bridge, or an alteration in the angle of the nose and upper lip.
What makes someone a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
Individuals who are looking to improve the appearance and/or function of the nose may be good candidates for rhinoplasty, though they must also be physically healthy and realistic in their expectations.
Can rhinoplasty be performed at any age?
Rhinoplasty should not be performed on younger patients until their nose has finished growing. The nose tends to be finished growing around age 16 for both boys and girls.
What will take place during a consultation for rhinoplasty?
During a consultation for rhinoplasty, your nose will be thoroughly examined and your medical history taken. Dr. Sherris will examine both the inside and outside of the nose to make sure he addresses both cosmetic and functional concerns completely at surgery. The doctor will discuss your goals, your options, and all details of the surgery.
What type of facility is rhinoplasty performed in?
The rhinoplasty surgery can be performed in an outpatient surgery center, or as an outpatient at a hospital.
What type of anesthesia will I receive for my rhinoplasty procedure?
In most cases, rhinoplasty patients receive either a combination of local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia. General anesthesia is safest, as it allows the doctor to protect the patients airway during surgery.
What happens during the surgery for rhinoplasty?
During the rhinoplasty surgery, incisions are made either inside of the nose (closed rhinoplasty) or inside of the nose along with a small incision made on the underside of the nose between the nostrils (open rhinoplasty). With the incisions made, the facial plastic surgeon will separate the skin from its underlying framework. The bone and cartilage will then be sculpted to achieve the desired shape. The skin is then re-draped and the incisions are closed.
How much time does rhinoplasty surgery take?
In most cases, rhinoplasty surgery can be completed within one to two hours at our Buffalo practice. Sometimes the procedure takes longer in revision or the most difficult cases.
Where will the incisions be located for my rhinoplasty procedure?
There are two locations for the incisions and they are referred to as open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty. For closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are located on the inside of the nose. For open rhinoplasty, incisions are made on the inside of the nose as well as one small incision which is made between the nostrils on the underside of the nose.
Will I have noticeable scars after rhinoplasty?
If you are undergoing closed rhinoplasty, in which the incisions are located on the inside of the nose, you will have no noticeable scarring. If you are undergoing open rhinoplasty, you will have a small scar that is well-concealed as it is located between the nostrils on the underside of the nose.
How much pain can I expect from rhinoplasty?
Patients may expect some discomfort as the head and nose may ache during the first few days after surgery. However, pain medication can be prescribed. The rhinoplasty typically causes nasal congestion for a week or so after surgery, and feels like a head cold.
What sort of recovery is there with rhinoplasty?
Swelling and bruising is common, and patients may experience some discomfort. Some bleeding can also occur. Stitches, dressings, and splints are usually removed within one week. Though some subtle swelling of the nose can take as much as a year to fully fade, the majority of swelling will clear up in about three weeks. Because Dr. Sherris closes the inside of the nose with sutures he almost never needs to use nasal packing. This dramatically reduces postoperative discomfort.
How much vacation time will I need to take off at work after rhinoplasty?
Most rhinoplasty patients find that they can return to work in about seven days. Patients should, however, avoid very strenuous activities for two to three weeks.
When will the stitches be removed after my rhinoplasty procedure?
Stitches are usually removed in about one week after the rhinoplasty procedure.
What sort of risks or complications can occur with rhinoplasty?
Some of the potential complications that can occur with rhinoplasty are as follows: bleeding, infection, adverse anesthesia reactions, septal perforation or hematoma, incomplete improvement, scarring, redeviation, and the need for additional surgery. Dr. Sherris will oversee your care until complete healing has occurred and satisfactory, realistic results have been obtained.
Is the cost of rhinoplasty covered by insurance?
Though some amount of coverage may be available for rhinoplasty procedures performed for reconstructive purposes or to correct a deformity or breathing problem, most rhinoplasty procedures are considered cosmetic and are not covered by insurance. Patients should check with their own insurance company.
Can a rhinoplasty procedure be financed?
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Learn More about Rhinoplasty
To schedule a rhinoplasty consultation at our Buffalo, New York plastic surgery practice, please feel free to contact Clinic of Facial Plastic Surgery today.
"I had revision rhinoplasty to fix an issue with my previous surgery. I was unable to breathe properly and one side of my nose was visibly collapsed. Dr. Sherris did a fabulous job with both my sinus and appearance issues. I am extremely pleased with the results and ongoing care and follow up..." M.D.