Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure offered by an expert facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte, NC. While rhinoplasty can improve the function of the nose, cosmetic rhinoplasty only concerns its form and shape. The first step of rhinoplasty is to have your surgeon evaluate your nose. If you decide to procedure with surgery, it will likely not be covered by your insurance, as it is cosmetic. Because general anesthesia is involved, you will also be responsible for a fee to the medical center, in addition to the surgeon. Surgery is performed at the Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery, a state-of-the-art medical facility in Charlotte, NC. Recovery takes 7 to 10 days, with moderate bruising, numb skin, and swelling. Minor swelling and temporary numbness can persist for weeks or months.
There are various techniques used to alter the shape and size of the nose. In a closed procedure, the cartilage or bone in the bridge of the nose can be decreased, increased, or reshaped. In an open procedure, the tip of the nose and nostrils can also be reshaped. If cartilage is needed for any part of the procedure, it can be harvested from the back of the ear with nose visible blemish. Sutures may be along the edges of the nostrils or on the skin between the nostrils.
Dr. M. Sean Freeman is Charlotte’s most experienced rhinoplasty specialist. He is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Freeman has been performing plastic surgery for nearly three decades.