Nose Surgery / Rhinoplasty Portland OR

Nose Surgery / Rhinoplasty Portland OR

If you are unhappy with the shape or size of your nose, or if you have difficulty breathing due to a structural issue within the nose, Dr. Waldorf can help you by performing a cosmetic and/or functional rhinoplasty – nose surgery.

This surgery can:

  • Reduce the width or length of the nose
  • Remove a hump on the bridge of the nose
  • Reshape the tip of the nose
  • Narrow wide nostrils
  • Straighten a crooked nose
  • Change the angle between the nose and the upper lip
  • Correct a deviated septum or other breathing obstruction within the nose
  • Correct birth defects and nasal injuries

With 20 years of experience in the field, Dr. Waldorf is an expert at rhinoplasty. Every nose surgery is highly customized for you based on your anatomy and how you wish to look.

Your Nose Surgery Consultation

We believe you need to be well-informed about rhinoplasty so that you can make an informed decision about your procedure and your surgeon. This includes the results you can expect, the processes of preparing for the surgery, and the recovery period. Dr. Waldorf will meet with you about your concerns and personal goals, and she will use the Vectra 3D Imaging System to give you an idea of what your nose will look like post-surgery.

She will examine you and tell you what she can accomplish for you. She will also advise you what the rhinoplasty will involve in terms specific to your case.

Choosing a surgeon is an intensely personal decision. We encourage you to ask questions of Dr. Waldorf and our team. We want you to feel comfortable with us and your decision to have surgery at Waldorf Center.

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Your Nose Surgery

As noted above, rhinoplasty is customized for each patient. Incisions are usually made either inside the nostrils or across the bottom of the nose so that the bone and cartilage within the nostrils can be easily accessed and restructured for either cosmetic reasons or improved breathing function. The scar is well hidden.

In cases where an area of the nose needs to be built up, such as in the case of making wide nostrils smaller, cartilage grafts will be used. For this process, cartilage is removed from one area of the nose and grafted to the area where the tissue is needed.

The procedure typically takes 1-2 hours and is performed using general anesthesia. After recovery from the anesthesia, you can return home to be cared for by family or friends.

Illustration depicting balanced nasal proportions
Illustration depicting balanced nasal proportions
Cosmetic medical specialists have found over the centuries that there are certain constant proportions and angles behind an aesthetically balanced nose. The idealized nose possesses a straight dorsum, a tip with moderate projection, and a slight dip in its vault, along with the angle ranges shown above that are relative to the other structures of the face. During a rhinoplasty, our Portland, OR, surgeons carefully consider these factors to produce a nose that better harmonizes with the rest of a patient’s face.

Recovering from Rhinoplasty

In most cases, patients can return to work within 1-2 weeks. There will be significant swelling, bruising, tenderness, and discomfort, but these symptoms can be managed with pain medication and ice packs. You must sleep on your back for a period of time, and elevating your head while sleeping will help to reduce swelling. Avoid strenuous activity for 4-6 weeks.

A splint is usually formed to the nose to help it maintain its new shape as it heals. Dr. Waldorf will remove the splint and sutures during a follow-up visit, and she will provide you with full post-operative instructions.

Contact The Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery in Portland, Oregon

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