Are you have trouble breathing through your nose? The rhinoplasty procedure is offered at Ogden Clinic offices throughout Utah for patients who need corrective nose reshaping surgery. The nose is made up of skin, cartilage, and bone, and a rhinoplasty procedure can correct one area or a combination of the three. Ogden Clinic doctors complete the rhinoplasty procedure for patients who have broken their nose, suffered birth defects, or experienced breathing problems. The procedure can change the size, shape, and proportions of the nose, or a combination of these.
Unlike other surgical procedures at Ogden Clinic, a rhinoplasty has no set steps during the procedure itself. The procedure will be customized for each patient based on his/her goals and facial anatomy. A rhinoplasty can be done inside your nose or through a small external excision on the base of your nose, between the nostrils.
Depending on your case, your rhinoplasty procedure will either be performed with local anesthesia or general anesthesia. Local anesthesia is most often used in outpatient procedures in conjunction with sedation. For this version of the procedure, the doctor will inject a pain-numbing medication into the nasal tissues and sedate you with medication through an IV (intravenous) line. Sedation will relax you and make you groggy, but you will not completely be asleep. In contrast, general anesthesia will make you unconscious for the duration of the procedure and is either inhaled or given through an IV line.
Your doctor will then adjust the bone and cartilage of your nose under the skin. Depending on how much cartilage is needed, it will be harvested from deeper in the nose, from the ear, or from a rib or other part of your body.
Following your procedure, you should avoid strenuous activities, refrain from blowing your nose, and eat high-fiber foods to avoid constipation and straining. Your doctor will give you more specific instructions for recovery, depending on how the procedure goes.
If you are interested in getting rhinoplasty, please contact Ogden Clinic to schedule a consultation at one of our Utah offices.