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Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty Overview

Dr. Keyes has been perfecting Rhinoplasty procedures as an expert in Rhinoplasty with over 30 years experience. Rhinoplasty, which is also commonly called a “nose job” or nasal reshaping surgery, can be performed to achieve aesthetic enhancement, or to correct health conditions such as a deviated septum, which can impair normal breathing. During rhinoplasty, Dr. Keyes may remove excess cartilage or place grafts to achieve your desired results. Dr. Keyes will determine which techniques are best suited to your needs based on your nasal anatomy and desired results.

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Nasal Structure

Your nose is comprised of bone and soft cartilage. The bridge forms the main support structure of your nose. Underneath the bridge are the upper and lower lateral cartilages. Your septum is the wall of soft tissue that separates the two airways. The anatomy of your nose not only affects your appearance; it also plays an important role in breathing, as well as smell and taste. Dr. Keyes is a board-certified ear, nose and throat specialist. This, along with his credentials as a plastic surgeon, gives him a comprehensive understanding of the nasal structure, and how it affects your appearance and health.

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Surgical Techniques

Dr. Keyes is skilled in various rhinoplasty techniques. He will carefully examine your nasal and facial structure, and you will discuss your goals for treatment to determine the technique that best suits your needs. His usual approach is closed, which means he does not make an incision on the outside skin of the nose. Everything is done from within the nostril. He is able to perform rhinoplasty using this technique because of his dual board certification in Otolaryngology or Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Rarely, an open rhinoplasty technique is performed when necessary because of severe problems related to a previously performed nasal operation by another surgeon.

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Corrective Procedures

With rhinoplasty, Dr. Keyes can make a number of cosmetic improvements. He can reduce the size of your nostrils, fill in a depression on your nasal bridge, refine the tip, and more. He can also change the overall size of your nose. These cosmetic corrections can have enormous benefits for your self-confidence. Additionally, Dr. Keyes can correct congenital defects, such as a deviated septum, to improve your breathing.

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Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Dr. Keyes can treat patients of diverse racial backgrounds while still maintaining their unique beauty. Often, patients of a particular ethnicity desire certain types of enhancements. For example, Caucasian patients often want Dr. Keyes to reduce the overall size of their nose, while African American patients often desire a refinement in the base of their nose. Dr. Keyes will create a treatment plan for each patient, taking skin quality and natural structure into consideration.

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Before Surgery

Dr. Keyes will conduct an in-depth consultation to determine your candidacy for rhinoplasty and establish your goals. He will review your medical history, and examine the structure of your nose to determine the best approach to your surgery. Video imaging is performed to alter the appearance of your nose on a computer. This allows you to communicate with Dr. Keyes about the changes that you are interested in seeing as a result of your surgery.

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During Surgery

Your rhinoplasty will be performed in an accredited surgery center operating room that is equipped with the latest technology in surgery. Most surgeries are performed under general anesthesia, placing you completely asleep. During this time, Dr. Keyes will carefully sculpt your nose to achieve the desired results. As president of the Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc., Dr. Keyes is able to provide results in a safe, comfortable environment.

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After Surgery

Rhinoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home the day of your surgery. Dr. Keyes and your anesthesiologist will personally call you that night to check on your progress. Your first follow-up appointment, which will take place the day after your surgery, additional post op appointments will be scheduled according to the type of surgery that you have had.

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