Rhinoplasty – Surgeon gives advice

Johns Hopkin’s Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Patrick Byrne gives excellent advice and insight into Rhinoplasty surgery. A few notes from the video that I found interesting:

Are there age restrictions when considering Rhinoplasty?

When asked “when is the best time” to consider Rhinoplasty, he explains that patients want either a better looking nose, enhanced breathing, or both.  Given this, there’s no specific age at which they give consideration for the surgery but it is often done when young (15-17 is not too early)- but it can be done at just about any age.

How long does it take a Surgeon to master Rhinoplasty?

What is unique about Rhinoplasty is that it the results are 3 dimensional, very apparent, subtle details make a big difference and, at the end of it all, the patient has to be able to breathe so there is form mixed with function.  Because of this, Rhinoplasty is often considered the most difficult of the Plastic Surgeries to master – Dr. Byrne’s mentor told him that it would take him seven years to master 70% of Rhinoplasty and, after 15 years of doing it, he tends to agree. Today’s Rhinoplasty benefits from advanced technologies and processes that eliminate almost all of the risk, reduce recovery time and ensure a consistent and natural result.  Importantly, the right surgeon will ensure the work is done so that the nose is a good match for the face.  Using 2D and 3D computer simulations, the surgeon is able to practically perform the surgery in advance of the actual procedure and are able to visualize the process and anticipate the requirements and outcome.

Rhinoplasty Recovery Time

Most patients are surprised by the lack of pain and the short recovery time.  In the majority of cases, patients will take one week of from school or work and then resume their normal schedules.  After that week, most people won’t even know they have undergone Rhinoplasty since today’s methods and technologies result in very little bruising.  In spite of this, to fully heal can take more than a year.  Whereas with plastic surgery on other parts of the body, a lengthy healing process for a scar or cartilage can go mostly unnoticed, on the face it’s much more noticeable and the final product won’t “be ready” for up to a year.

Can Rhinoplasty improve my breathing?

As mentioned before, a good surgeon considers Rhinoplasty a combination of form and function.  The result has to look great but the patient also must be able to breathe.  Some patients request a smaller nose but improved or enhanced breathing which is a contradiction the good Rhinoplasty surgeons are able to overcome.