Your Rhinoplasty Consultation
The first step in determining if rhinoplasty is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lamb. During this consultation, he will expertly discuss the things you do and do not like about your nose and recommend a course of treatment. Dr. Lamb encourages all patient to write down and bring in any questions prior to the consultation so he can spend the necessary time to ensure your comfort with the procedure. After the consultation and a thorough nose examination, Dr. Lamb can determine if rhinoplasty is right for you.
Your Rhinoplasty Procedure
If you decide to have the procedure, it can usually be done on an outpatient basis. Rhinoplasty generally takes between one to two hours for Dr. Lamb to complete. To prepare for your surgery, you should follow all of Dr. Lamb’s preoperative instructions to assure the best outcome. If you have any questions before your rhinoplasty make sure to call the office to get answers.
During the rhinoplasty procedure, Dr. Lamb will generally reshape the nose through what is known as an open approach. This entails a small incision in the collumella, with the remaining incisions concealed inside the nose.. The nose is reduced, or in some cases built up, by adjusting its supporting structures to either remove or add bone and cartilage. The skin and soft tissues then redrape themselves over this new “scaffolding.” Depending on the quality of the nasal airway, septal surgery may be performed at the same time to correct a deviated septum.
After Your Rhinoplasty Procedure
After surgery, some pain and swelling of the nose may occur and is to be expected, but it will subside gradually. Most individuals, although slightly swollen have a smaller and more refined nose immediately post-op. You will wear a splint for approximately a week or longer and can wear cosmetics after it is removed. Your normal daily routine will be severely restricted for only a day or two, but you should curtail activities that raise your blood pressure—such as bending, lifting or exercise—for a few weeks.
Reserve the final judgment on your completed rhinoplasty for several months or maybe even a year because your nose needs sufficient time in order to fully heal and settle into its final appearance. The intention of our rhinoplasty is for your “new nose” to blend in naturally with your face. The proportions of the nose relative to the face have mathematical precision. Dr. Lamb will discuss with you, your existing proportions and the desired ideal dimensions.
Dr. Lamb encourages all prospective patients to review before and after rhinoplasty pictures (link to them here) to see examples of his past work. He also has many other photos in his office for viewing and is glad to review the ones of similar patients like yourself at your consultation.
Can Dr. Lamb Perform Rhinoplasty for Deviated Septum?
In some instances, you may have internal deformity of your nose that can affect breathing also called a deviated septum. This may be due to an irregularity in your septum (the central structure of cartilage and bone that separates the two sides of the nose) or your turbinates (structures protruding internally from the lateral walls of the nose). In these situations, Dr. Lamb can adjust these structures to improve breathing through the nasal airway as well as make surgical alterations to improve the external appearance of the nose.
Who Can Get Rhinoplasty?
The earliest recommended age for rhinoplasty is the late-teens, a time when the nose is near full development. There is no upper age limit for rhinoplasty. For older individuals, health is the primary consideration. Anyone else can have rhinoplasty, including men and women of all shapes and sizes.
How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?
The general range of a rhinoplasty procedure can be anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000. The cost of rhinoplasty is determined by factors such as location, experience of the provider and others. However according to Real Self, the average cost of rhinoplasty is $7,350, and it boasts a 90% “worth it” rating from over 4,000 patients in the last two years. Kansas City enjoys more competitive pricing with a range of $5,200 to $8,000. Click here to learn more about our payment options.
Whatever rhinoplasty technique is used, patients can expect to have some dull aching and headache after the procedure. In the absence of an infection, severe pain is uncommon. Most of our patients are allowed to take some pain medication for the first few days after surgery as needed until they are well enough to switch to an over the counter medication.