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Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult surgeries to perform in cosmetic surgery. There are some plastic surgeons that specialize in Rhinoplasty more than any other surgery. One thing to make sure when undergoing a Rhinoplasty is to choose a surgeon who does this procedure frequently and is well versed with all the possibilities and techniques in the procedure. The surgeon must have a great deal of skill specific to Rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty can be life changing surgery as it really does change the appearance of the face dramatically. Having said that, this is exactly why patients must be cautious in choosing the right surgeon since their entire facial appearance is at stake. The look arrived at after the rhinoplasty must have harmony with the rest of the patient’s face. It is therefore very important to understand the credentials of the plastic surgeon before undergoing the surgery. 

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165922019 xs - Rhinoplasty to Improve Nasal Symmetry | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesRhinoplasty can be performed for any number of reasons, whether the goal is to improve the aesthetics of the nose, the function of the nose, or both. Ultimately, what is most important is that the plastic surgeon performing the rhinoplasty has a keen artistic eye along with finely honed surgical skills. Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes is precisely such a plastic surgeon.

Indeed, Dr. Keyes is among the rare surgeons who are certified by two prestigious medical boards: The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. As a specialist in nasal surgery, Dr. Keyes is esteemed by his patients and his peers, alike. He has vast experience and a history of success in performing rhinoplasty surgeries of all types, including rhinoplasty to improve symmetry, both for purely cosmetic purposes and for the correction of injuries to the nose.

At his state-of-the-art office in Los Angeles, rhinoplasty to improve symmetry can be performed both as a first-time procedure and as a corrective procedure for patients who are dissatisfied with the results of a past rhinoplasty performed by another surgeon. Whatever your reason for wanting to undergo rhinoplasty to improve nasal symmetry, you can count on Dr. Keyes to produce results of the highest standard.

About Nasal Asymmetry

Many people are born with some degree of nasal asymmetry. For some, it is a charming trait, part of their natural beauty. Many of Dr. Keyes’ rhinoplasty patients request that he maintain some of their natural asymmetry, even as he, for example, widens the tip or flattens the bridge of a nose.

However, some people are dissatisfied with the appearance of their noses due to congenital asymmetry. Others suffer from asymmetry due to injury. Whatever the case, asymmetry of the nose often results from:

  • Deviation of the septum
  • Misshapen nasal bones
  • Misshapen cartilage

The rhinoplasty technique used to improve nasal symmetry depends on the cause of the asymmetry and the scope of the correction. Dr. Keyes always selects the most conservative approach that will produce the best results given the circumstances surrounding each individual case. Whenever possible, he uses the closed rhinoplasty technique, which allows all incisions to be made within the nose so that any resulting scars will be hidden from view. However, there are cases in which the open technique allows for better access and therefore more dramatic changes to be made to the shape of the nose.

During your initial consultation with Dr. Keyes, he will inform you of all of your options so that you can make the most confident and educated decisions possible regarding your care. He will also discuss the pre- and post-surgical instructions that you will have to follow to ensure the smoothest possible rhinoplasty experience.

Learn More about Rhinoplasty to Improve Symmetry

If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose due to asymmetry, we can help. To find out more about rhinoplasty to improve nasal symmetry, please contact the plastic surgery practice of Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes today.

132023546 xs - Improve the Shape of the Nose with Rhinoplasty and Cartilage Grafts | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesAs a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes commonly sees patients who are dissatisfied with the size or shape of their nose. Rhinoplasty allows the nose to be reshaped so that its proportions are a better fit for the patient’s facial features. By reshaping the nose and addressing imperfections in size or shape, Dr. Keyes can help patients achieve the nose they have always wished for. Often times, for our Los Angeles patients, rhinoplasty and cartilage grafts are both necessary in order to perfect the shape of the nose. Placed during a rhinoplasty procedure, cartilage grafts offer support to the structure of the nose and can rebuild the nose to a more pleasing and proportionate shape.

Are Cartilage Grafts Always Used in Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty surgery does not always involve the use of cartilage grafts. However, it is very common for these grafts to be used. Even in the case of noses that are being reshaped because they are too large, cartilage grafts can be helpful. This is because it is very unusual for a nose to only require a change to its size. Oftentimes the shape of the nose also requires alterations. Whether it is a poorly shaped nasal tip or if the bridge of the nose has areas that are high or concave, reshaping of the nose is likely to be a part of just about all rhinoplasty procedures. In addition, the skin on the nose is not always responsive to size changes, so in order to ensure that the shape of the nose remains attractive, without resulting in loose skin, cartilage grafts may be necessary.

Where Do the Grafts Come From?

There are cases in which silicone or artificial grafts can be used, but, in general, Dr. Keyes prefers cartilage grafts. These grafts are composed of the patient’s own natural cartilage or bone, and so are less likely to result in complications or an allergic reaction. There are many options for where the cartilage can be taken from and this includes the septal cartilage (from the nose), ear cartilage, or rib cartilage or bone.

Benefits of Cartilage Grafts

There are a multitude of benefits to using cartilage grafts during rhinoplasty surgery. By carefully placing these grafts, Dr. Keyes can achieve any (or all) of the following:

  • Offer improved support to the structure of the nose
  • Fill out areas of the nose that are flat
  • Add shape to an area of the nose that is too small
  • Keep the airways of the nose stable
  • Improve the shape and strength of the nasal tip

Although not the case for all patients, there are many cases in which cartilage grafts can greatly improve both the functional and aesthetic results of rhinoplasty surgery.

Schedule a Consultation

If your nose seems too small or large for your face, or if there are imperfections that you’d like to correct, rhinoplasty may be the solution. To learn more about the rhinoplasty procedure and how it could benefit you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you.

32646274 xs - Prepare for Rhinoplasty Surgery by Following Pre-operative Instructions | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesAs the central feature on the face, the nose has a significant effect on one’s overall appearance. A nose that appears too small or large, one that has bumps or other flaws present, or one that is too wide or narrow can throw off the entire proportions of the face and negatively affect one’s appearance. Dr. Geoffrey Keyes offers his patients rhinoplasty surgery to improve the size, shape, and overall appearance of the nose. By making just the minimal necessary adjustments, Dr. Keyes can significantly improve the appearance of the nose and the proportions and symmetry of the face, giving patients the ideal appearance they’ve always desired. In order to help ensure the success of surgery, Dr. Keyes provides his Los Angeles patients with pre-operative rhinoplasty instructions that should be carefully followed.

Prior to scheduling surgery, Dr. Keyes will examine the patient and go over their medical history to ensure that he or she is a good candidate for this procedure. If the patient is a suitable candidate, surgery will be scheduled and patients will be asked to prepare for this procedure in the weeks leading up to surgery. While explicit pre-operative instructions will be provided, patients will likely be asked to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Two weeks prior to surgery: Dr. Keyes may ask that patients stop the use of certain medications. Any medications that are used on a regular basis should be discussed with Dr. Keyes. It is especially important to refrain from using any over-the-counter medication that contains aspirin, which can thin the blood. Nicotine products should also be avoided at this point and for the duration of the patient’s recovery from surgery. In order to boost the immune system and prepare the body for healing, patients may want to begin taking Vitamin C up to three times a day.
  • One week prior to surgery: In addition to refraining from nicotine, we do advise patients to avoid alcoholic beverages beginning a week prior to surgery. If it has not been done already, now is a good time for patients to decide who will be available to drive them to and from surgery and stay with them during the first 24 hours of recovery.
  • The night before surgery: The night before surgery it is important to refrain from consuming any food or beverages after midnight. Failure to follow this instruction could result in a cancellation of the rhinoplasty procedure. Patients should shower before going to bed and thoroughly wash the body using an anti-bacterial soap.
  • The day of surgery: On the day of surgery, patients should arrive at the requested time. Patients should arrive clean and free of any make-up, lotions, perfumes, or other cosmetic products, including hair gel or hair spray, as well as jewelry and other accessories. The patient should also be dressed comfortably in loose clothes that do not need to be pulled over the head.

Schedule a Consultation

Prior to rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Geoffrey Keyes consults each patient to discuss their specific goals, create a treatment plan, and go over the details of surgery (including pre- and post-operative care instructions). If you are interested in a rhinoplasty procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Keyes at your earliest convenience to learn more and ask any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

139561268 xs - Rhinoplasty - Surgery for the Nose Tip | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesWhether you are experiencing breathing issues from a deviated septum, or are simply unsatisfied with the shape or proportion of your nose, there are many reasons why you may be interested in plastic surgery. With the progress that plastic surgery has made, rhinoplasty is no longer a one-size-fits-all procedure – skilled cosmetic surgeons are able to perform a variety of finely-tuned procedures to refine your features and enhance your natural beauty.

At the Keyes Surgery Center, Dr. Geoffrey Keyes performs a wide range of rhinoplasty procedures, including nose tip rhinoplasty, for patients at his Los Angeles cosmetic surgery practice. But what is nose tip rhinoplasty, and how does it differ from general rhinoplasty?

What Is Nose Tip Surgery?

No doubt you have heard of rhinoplasty before – whether by that name or its more common nickname, the nose job, it’s a procedure that seems common in Los Angeles.

A “tip rhinoplasty,” also known as “tiplasty” or surgery for the nose tip, is a more specific subset of rhinoplasty that deals specifically with the nasal tip. The surgery can also sometimes extend to a reshaping of the septum itself, in which case the procedure may be referred to as septoplasty.

Tip rhinoplasty and septoplasty are unique in that they do not deal with the hard bone structure of the nose bridge, instead dealing only with the soft cartilage of the nasal tip, septum, and nostrils. Because the bone structure remains untouched, this procedure is considered less invasive while still achieving significant results.

Why Choose Nose Tip Surgery?

Unlike a more thorough rhinoplasty procedure, which aims to dramatically alter the shape of the nose, the goal of tip rhinoplasty is a more subtle refinement of a patient’s features.

What Can I Expect During My Recovery from Nose Tip Surgery?

Compared to other types of rhinoplasty, the recovery period following nose tip surgery on its own is quick and uncomplicated due to the fact that no work is done to the bone structure of the face. Because of this fact, in most cases a patient is able to go without hard splints or gauze packing and use simple bandage dressings. The visible bruising and swelling that is normally associated with rhinoplasty, due to breakage and resetting of the nasal bones in a traditional procedure, is also absent following tip rhinoplasty.

With that said, it can still take months for swelling in the cartilage and soft tissue to fully subside, and so it may take some time before you will see the final outcome of your procedure.  

Learn More about Rhinoplasty Surgery for the Nose Tip Today

If you are considering rhinoplasty, your choices for treatment are only limited by your imagination. The right procedure can lead to an improvement in self-esteem and confidence, as you blossom into the self that you always envisioned. Contact facial plastic surgery specialist Geoffrey R. Keyes, MD, FACS, at Keyes Surgery Center, to schedule a consultation and learn more about your nose tip surgery options today.

NBNewsletter - Facelifts Versus Necklifts | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesWhat Is the Difference Between a Lower Facelift and a Neck Lift?

Depending on the plastic surgeon, you’ll receive different definitions of lower facelifts and neck lifts. Some doctors don’t distinguish between the two and they conclude that a neck lift also addresses the lower face. Meanwhile, other doctors separate the two procedures. The lower face starts at the cheekbone and ends at the jawline, while the neck starts at the jawline and ends at the clavicle.

 

The difference between a lower facelift and neck lift may be subject to debate, everyone agrees that the neck and the lower face are closely related, which explains why definitions become subjective.

Is It Time for a Full Facelift?

During the facelift consultation, we discuss the different types of facial procedures before explaining what would be the best solution to address their individual concerns.

Many women in their 40’s start to notice changes in their skin such as fine wrinkles and deepening furors that cause them concern.  Although they might not benefit from a lift, they appreciate the opportunity to address their concerns with a plastic surgeon to discuss their options.  The consultation demonstrates how a lower facelift or neck lift might improve their appearance when they are ready to have something done.

Rejuventation of the face can be achieved by focusing solely on a patient’s neck, jowls, and jaws in some cases. This is especially the case if a patient regularly receives botox or fillers such as collagen, hyaluronic acid, hydroxylapatite, and fat.

However, in other cases, patients may need to undergo a full facelift to achieve their goals. Many of my full facelift patients, both male and female, are in their 60’s. It is not uncommon for patients who have previously had a lift to undergo a revision as the aging process continues.

Regardless of the specific procedure undertaken, all plastic surgery operations should be taken seriously. Complications can occur and it is important to know what they are before undergoing any elective surgery.

The difference in terminology used by surgeons is often confusing to patients, but a thorough explanation can clarify the issue.

Your consultation is designed to uncover the best procedure and approach for you.   Although you may not know the difference between a full facelift, a neck lift, and a lower facelift, by researching ahead of time, you’ll be better prepared to ask informed questions, which will contribute to the overall success of your facial plastic surgery procedure.

131921447 xs - Rhinoplasty Surgery for the Nostrils | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesThe nose is an often overlooked facial feature, but there are many nuances and variables that go into an attractive nose. From the width and curvature of the bridge to the angle and size of the tip, a few millimeters can be the difference between a nose that complements the face and one that is a distraction. This is especially true with regard to the nostrils, which can garner unwanted attention for a number of reasons. If you are unsatisfied with the appearance of your nostrils, you may benefit from rhinoplasty surgery at our Los Angeles office.

Common Problems with Nostrils

There are numerous reasons why patients may be dissatisfied with the shape of their nostrils. Typically, one or more of the following issues are present:

  • Large nostrils: When nostrils appear too large, it is often a result of them being flared out horizontally, as opposed to being narrower and more vertical.
  • Narrow nostrils: One or both nostrils can be too narrow, resulting in not just a strange appearance, but breathing difficulties as well.
  • Asymmetry: When nostrils appear differently sized or shaped, it can make the entire nose and face seem unbalanced.
  • Upward notch: Nostrils can have upward facing notches along the edge, appearing uneven and revealing too much of the inside of the nose.
  • Hanging columella: The bottom of the septum, called the columella, may hang below the nostrils, resulting in an overly rounded appearance.

Candidates for Rhinoplasty

Patients who are looking to adjust their nostrils in relation to the rest of their nose may be good candidates for rhinoplasty surgery. Although rhinoplasty can produce results that are precise and natural looking, it’s important for all patients to have realistic expectations about the procedure. Specific changes can be achieved to suit one’s preferences, but at no point should patients expect perfection.

As with other plastic surgery treatments, rhinoplasty requires that patients are in good health. The more medical complications and risk factors a patient has, the riskier any procedure will be. This includes factors such as tobacco use, systemic disease, and a weakened immune system. Good candidates should also be well into adolescence or older, as it’s important for a nose to be mostly done growing before undergoing cosmetic surgery.

Techniques for Nostril-related Rhinoplasty

Just as rhinoplasty encompasses any cosmetic surgery of the nose, there are also multiple ways for nostrils to be modified. After learning about your goals for surgery and assessing the shape of your nose, Dr. Keyes will recommend a specific technique:

  • Correcting large nostrils: To create narrower or smaller nostrils, one of two techniques may be utilized. One possibility is to remove a small strip of tissue from the surface of the nostril, near the crease, before suturing it closed. Another possibility involves the removal of tissue from the nasal floor and using sutures within the nostril, thus creating less noticeable scars.
  • Correcting narrow nostrils: To open up nostrils, cartilage can be taken from the nose or ear and grafted onto the nostril to extend it. Alternatively or in conjunction with this, the opening can be expanded through the removal of exterior tissue.
  • Correcting a notch: The orientation of a nostril can be rotated to change its shape, with the possible addition of a tissue graft for severely notched or receded nostrils.        
  • Correcting asymmetry or a columella: When nostrils appear crooked, differently sized, or too round near the bottom, they can often be corrected by adjusting the columella. For severe asymmetry or a deviated septum, a septoplasty can provide significant improvement.

When meeting with your doctor, discuss what you would like to accomplish with rhinoplasty and any concerns you may have regarding treatment. In addition to the nature of your problem, personal preferences such as the subtlety of your results and the possibility of scarring may impact your recommended surgery. 

What Can Rhinoplasty Do for You?

Our facial plastic surgery center is ready to help you achieve the look you deserve. For more information on rhinoplasty or to set up an appointment with us, contact our office today.

130564979 xs - Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty Techniques | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesPeople may seek rhinoplasty for a variety of reasons: a nose may appear too large, too wide, or asymmetrical, for example. For this reason, every procedure is tailored specifically to meet an individual’s cosmetic needs. At our Los Angeles facial plastic surgery clinic, we offer multiple techniques to accommodate the personal goals and preferences of each patient.

When it comes to nose surgery, one particular difference in technique is open v. closed rhinoplasty. While neither option is inherently better, some surgeons or patients may prefer one over the other, due to their inherent advantages and disadvantages. Before undergoing treatment, take a moment to learn how each of these techniques is employed. 

Closed Rhinoplasty

Although some surgeons may be equally comfortable and proficient in either technique, closed rhinoplasty tends to be a more traditional and conservative procedure. First, incisions will be made from inside the nostrils, resulting in no external scars. Through these incisions, pieces of cartilage and bone are removed or positioned to redefine the overall shape of the nose. Once finished, the incisions are closed, ultimately leaving little if any hint of surgery.  

Open Rhinoplasty

Like the closed technique, open rhinoplasty utilizes intranasal incisions to readjust bone and tissue within the nose. The chief difference, however, is that open surgery also utilizes a single incision in the columella – the skin and cartilage that divides the nostrils. By temporarily separating and lifting the skin of the septum, surgeons have additional access to the nose’s tip and bridge. Although this does require an external incision, this skin tends to heal incredibly well, often leaving little or no permanent scarring.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Each Technique

Both closed and open rhinoplasty have the potential to create similar results, but the advantages of each are largely dependent on the patient’s needs and the surgeon’s experience. For example, if a patient has a deviated septum and needs it to be repositioned, a septoplasty will always require an external incision in order to move the skin and cartilage of the septum. Additional considerations for each technique include: 

  • Closed rhinoplasty: The primary advantage to a closed rhinoplasty is the lack of visible scarring. While some patients may opt for this, especially those with a history of problematic scarring, it may also be recommended due to a surgeon’s personal experience with the technique. However, closed rhinoplasty requires additional skill and precision by a surgeon to adjust tissues within the nose.
  • Open rhinoplasty: By providing access near the tip of the nose, an open rhinoplasty allows surgeons greater ease in the modification of bone and tissue. Consequently, the open technique can more easily produce superior results. While some patients may not like the idea of having an additional incision that can potentially leave a scar, the surgical benefits still tend to outweigh the risk of more difficult technique.

Which Technique Is Right for You?

Surgeons who are comfortable with the open rhinoplasty technique will generally find it more desirable, and may recommend it for a majority of patients. However, some patients may not benefit as much from the open technique. A closed rhinoplasty may be equally efficient if the nose is not very long, does not over- or under-protrude from the face, is not crooked, and if the tip requires little or no work. Essentially, the less work required, the better a surgeon can work without an incision at the columella. 

Still, the best way to determine the right surgical technique for you is to speak with your doctor. After assessing the shape of your nose and predicting your results, a procedure can be recommended that is medically and aesthetically preferable.   

Schedule a Consultation with Us

Meet with Dr. Keyes for an in-depth consultation to determine your candidacy for rhinoplasty. Contact us to schedule an appointment or to inquire about our alternative plastic surgery treatments.

Ways to Reduce Swelling after Rhinoplasty 300x265 - Ways to Reduce Swelling after Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesLike any plastic surgery procedure, rhinoplasty requires time for the body to heal. During this time, patients should expect certain side effects, such as bruising, tenderness, and swelling, during the recovery process. Although these effects should mostly subside during the early recovery period, many of our Los Angeles patients hope to further decrease the severity and duration of their swelling. To help our current and prospective patients with their rhinoplasty treatment, we offer the following tips on reducing post-operative swelling.

 

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Why Does Swelling Occur?

There are essentially two types of swelling that occur after rhinoplasty surgery. The first is a result of the procedure itself and its temporary damage to the nasal tissues. This swelling tends to be the most obvious, beginning immediately after the procedure and lasting through the first week, as the cartilage and soft tissues begin to heal.

Once initial swelling has diminished, the nose will begin to look far more normal. However, it may still appear slightly inflamed or puffy for months afterward, due to fluid retention beneath the skin. Although this prolonged swelling may not be particularly noticeable to others, many patients must wait for it to fully subside until they can gain an accurate assessment of their final results.

CHECK LIST: Reducing Early Nose Swelling

Swelling will be most prominent in the first few days after surgery. Oftentimes, the precautions taken by patients early on will carry positive effects throughout their recovery. It is therefore crucial to follow your doctor’s instructions regarding general post-operative care. In addition, the following steps may help reduce the onset of swelling:

  • Avoid anti-inflammatories before surgery: While anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin and ibuprofen can alleviate pain and swelling after surgery, these drugs should be avoided in the week prior to treatment. This will reduce bleeding and the risk of complications during surgery, thereby reducing the risk of excessive swelling.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption: Abstain from alcohol in the week prior to and following surgery, as the consumption of alcohol inhibits the natural healing processes.
  • Apply an ice pack: An ice pack is one of the most effective ways to curb swelling in its early stages. Over the first 24 to 48 hours, apply the cold (but not wet) compress near the swollen area for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, with the same time in between applications.
  • Keep your head upright: Bending over or engaging in strenuous activity can worsen swelling in the first couple of weeks. It can also raise blood pressure and therefore the risk of complications.
  • Avoid heat and moisture: In the first week of recovery, avoid getting the bandages wet. Once removed, you may gently wash your face with lukewarm water, but your nose should not be directly washed until directed by your doctor. Similarly, heated environments such as a spa or hairdresser’s dryer should be avoided for at least two weeks.
  • Avoid hot water showers: We generally tend to take bath in hot water after a surgery as it is known to heal wounds faster. However, for inflammation, taking a hot water bath is not advised as it can cause the swelling to get aggravated.

Reducing Long-term Swelling

It typically takes months for swelling to completely resolve after rhinoplasty – as long as six months for the bridge of the nose and a year for the nose’s tip. To both hasten and minimize this residual swelling, we suggest the following:

  • Avoid sodium: Foods that are high in sodium may prolong or worsen swelling. While it is difficult to avoid sodium completely, be conscious of your diet, avoid salty snacks, and avoid adding salt to meals. A good goal to aim for is 1500 mg or less of sodium per day.
  • Elevate your head when resting: While sitting or lying down, keep your head as elevated at possible. In bed, opt for two pillows as opposed to one. The more elevated your head is, the more easily your body can slowly drain fluids from the nose.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure: When possible, avoid direct exposure to sunlight, as your skin will be hypersensitive. If you plan on being outside for a prolonged period, apply sunblock diligently. This routine should be followed for at least the first four months.
  • Consider anti-inflammatorymedicines: Arnica gel and Bromelain are two natural remedies for swelling and inflammation. However, speak with your doctor before using any non-prescribed medications or herbs.

Learn More about Rhinoplasty Aftercare

If you are considering rhinoplasty, septoplasty, or any other of our cosmetic techniques, we will gladly address all of your questions and concerns. Contact our office to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Keyes.

shutterstock 13944358 xs - Reducing Pain after Rhinoplasty | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesAt his facial plastic surgery center, Dr. Geoffrey Keyes specializes in rhinoplasty surgery. Through this procedure, Dr. Keyes makes subtle changes to the size and/or shape of the nose in order to create dramatic results that improve the overall appearance of the nose and face. Dr. Keyes has a very positive reputation among patients because he works with patients’ individual needs and desires rather than creating a “cookie cutter” nose for everyone. When patients do come to Dr. Keyes to learn about rhinoplasty surgery, a common concern is the amount of pain that will be experienced as a result of the procedure. For most of our Los Angeles patients, rhinoplasty pain is less severe than they had anticipated. Prior to surgery, Dr. Keyes offers each of his patients useful tips for reducing whatever pain is present during recovery.

Reducing Rhinoplasty Pain

Dr. Keyes is very careful in the work he performs and does his best to ensure that each patient has a smooth recovery with minimal pain. While post-surgical pain is often not as severe as patients fear, there will be some discomfort after rhinoplasty surgery. The most significant pain is likely to be experienced during the first few days after surgery but some degree of discomfort may remain throughout the first week or two of recovery.  The following steps can be taken by patients in order to reduce rhinoplasty pain during recovery:

  • Use pain medication: Dr. Keyes will prescribe pain medication that can be used as directed to reduce the pain of rhinoplasty surgery. As pain becomes less severe, patients can use over-the-counter pain medication as necessary to manage discomfort.
  • Apply cold compresses: The application of cold compresses can be useful in reducing swelling as well as reducing pain and discomfort during recovery.
  • Keep the head elevated: Swelling can put pressure on the nose and contribute to pain after rhinoplasty. Keeping the head elevated while resting can reduce swelling; therefore reducing pressure and decreasing discomfort.
  • Avoid putting pressure on the nose: Any pressure on the nose should be avoided during recovery in order to reduce pain following rhinoplasty surgery. Simple activities such as blowing the nose and wearing eyeglasses can put pressure on the nose and cause pain or discomfort.
  • Use nasal spray: It is common for the nose to feel dry and stuffed up beginning two to three days after rhinoplasty. This condition is a cause of discomfort for many patients. Saline nasal spray can be used to keep the inside of the nose moist, which should reduce discomfort for patients.

By following these tips and adhering to post-surgical care instructions, patients should be able to reduce pain so that the discomfort experienced following rhinoplasty surgery is minimal. These tips are also useful to patients recovering from septoplasty surgery, a procedure that reduces nasal blockage to correct breathing problems for patients.

Schedule a Consultation

No cosmetic procedure is free of side effects. However, with the care of a skilled surgeon such as Dr. Geoffrey Keyes and the adherence to proper post-surgical care, a patient can recover from rhinoplasty surgery with minimal pain and no complications. To learn more about caring for the nose during rhinoplasty recovery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Keyes at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you.