Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) or surgery to reshape the nose, is a procedure designed to make the nose more aesthetically pleasing. Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of the nose, refine the tip, straighten the bridge, narrow the nostrils, or change the angle between the nose and the upper lip. It may also correct a birth defect or injury. At the time the Rhinoplasty is performed, Dr. Wolf can also perform related procedures such as chin augmentation or surgery to straighten a deviated septum in order to relieve airway obstruction may be performed.
The skin of the nose makes little, if any contribution to the shape of the nose. It is the bone and cartilaginous framework beneath the skin that gives the nose its shape and proportion. In Rhinoplasty, the shape and size of the nose is changed by altering the bone and cartilage framework. The skin simply shrinks to conform to the new underlying architecture.
Rhinoplasty is performed in a Marin County Outpatient Surgery Center under a superficial plane of general anesthesia administered by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist. Because the procedure is performed from within, there are no visible scars on the skin of the nose. Following surgery, a splint conforming to the shape of the nose is applied for a period of seven days. The nose is generally not packed following Rhinoplasty. Pain and discomfort are modest, and bruising and swelling are generally resolved by the time the splint is removed. Return to work is generally within one week.