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Rhinoplasty in Baltimore, MD

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Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Theda C. Kontis offers rhinoplasty to the residents of Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, DC, and the surrounding areas.

Rhinoplasty, more commonly called nose surgery, is a popular plastic surgery procedure that has been performed successfully for many years. Given that the nose is a central feature of your face, its size and shape can be a significant factor in the development of your self-esteem and confidence. If you are unhappy with how your nose looks, rhinoplasty surgery can have a dramatic and beneficial effect on your life. The surgery can also correct breathing problems.

What is rhinoplasty surgery?

Rhinoplasty surgery can involve a number of procedures, depending on your individual needs and desired results. Nasal contouring can reshape the nose and alter the size, correct birth defects, repair nose injury, fix unwanted or unattractive features, and alleviate breathing issues. During surgery, cartilage is trimmed and bone shaved. A flat bridge can be rebuilt and reshaped and a crooked nose straightened. Nostril size can be reduced, and the balance between the nose and face made more symmetrical.

How is rhinoplasty surgery done?

Dr. Kontis and her team perform nose surgery under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Two main incision techniques are used, depending on your individual situation and desired results. The closed technique involves incisions inside the nose, leaving no visible scars, while the open technique requires a small incision between the nostrils. The latter leaves a small scar which completely fades with time. Dr. Kontis works through the incision to restructure and sculpt your nose into the desired new shape. Cartilage and bone may be trimmed and shaved, and the skin is adjusted over the new nasal structure. Depending on the individual patient, the surgery can last 1 or 2 hours. Once complete, the area is stitched, a splint is applied, and the nose is bandaged.

How do I recover from rhinoplasty surgery?

Minor puffiness and swelling of the nose post-surgery are common, along with some bruising and swelling around the eyes. Patients may experience a slight headache and minor discomfort, which is easily managed through prescription pain medication. Stitches are removed one or two weeks after the surgery. Most noticeable swelling will dissipate within a few weeks, although some patients report minor swelling that lasts for several months or more. Surgery results are not completely apparent until all swelling has been resolved. Within one or two weeks after rhinoplasty surgery, the majority of patients can resume normal activities, although more strenuous movement should be delayed for several weeks.

Prior to nose surgery, Dr. Kontis will perform an extensive consultation with you to determine the ideal look that you hope to achieve. She will answer your questions and explain the surgery, helping you map out your aesthetic goals and make the decision that is right for you. Before and after photos will give you an idea of the results you can hope to achieve. Most patients who choose rhinoplasty surgery are extremely pleased with the outcome. Not only does rhinoplasty surgery improve the appearance of the nose and ease any breathing difficulties, it creates a more harmonious overall facial balance. Contact our office today and learn how nose surgery can increase your self-confidence and make you feel more attractive.

Board certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Theda C. Kontis specializes in surgical and nonsurgical procedures that achieve youthful and natural results for the residents of Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, DC, and the surrounding areas.


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