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Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)

Your nose… the most important central feature of the face, affects the overall balance, harmony, and aesthetic appeal of your face. Is it too large, too small, too flat, and/or too pointed? Do you have trouble breathing from one or both sides of your nose? According to Dr. Paul Blair, an aesthetically pleasing nose is one that fits your face with harmony, and is in the correct proportions.

Cosmetic nose surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, has become one of the most sought after plastic surgical procedures and Dr. Blair at his practice in Hurricane, West Virginia sees many cases. Cosmetic surgery can change the shape of the whole nose or just a small part, making it fit more harmoniously with the rest of your face. Dr. Blair is highly skilled in making these changes while preserving and enhancing the function of the nose so that breathing is free and comfortable.

There are structures within the nose, namely the septum and turbinates, which affect the airflow through the nose. Dr. Blair will carefully examine the internal structure of your nose at the time of your consultation and provide information about possible improvement. Also during your initial consultation, he will first listen to your desires and goals. During the examination, he will make suggestions for nasal improvement based on his assessment, your facial features and your desires, bringing extensive surgical experience and artistic sensitivity into the discussion so that together a final surgical plan will be adopted to achieve optimum results for your rhinoplasty.

Dr. Blair will evaluate your entire facial structure, with emphasis towards improving not only the nose, but its relationship to other parts of the face. The goal is to blend your nose aesthetically, thereby providing balance and harmony to your facial features. Many cultures wish to have cosmetic nasal surgery yet retain their ethnicity. These cultures have certain noses which patients may desire to retain. Dr. Blair will discuss with you openly and will make every effort to retain the ethnic features that you desire. Schedule your initial consultation today and let Dr. Blair show you how nose contouring can greatly benefit your overall facial appearance.

The Surgery

Cosmetic surgery of the nose usually takes 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours and may be done either with you asleep under general anesthesia or awake under sedation. Most incisions are placed inside the nostrils, but in some cases, a small incision may be made in the natural creases along the sides or near the base of the nose. These heal quickly and leave scars that are nearly invisible. At the end of surgery, a cast will be place on your nose. If bleeding occurs, a light dressing may be placed inside the nostrils and removed either the same or the next day. If any sutures were placed in a natural crease, they are removed in several days. The cast is usually removed in one week.

The Recovery

Most people are amazed at how little pain there is after nasal surgery! The most uncomfortable part of the recovery is the inability to breathe through the nose for several days due to swelling, which usually improves within one to two weeks. Expect some swelling around your eyes for several weeks, and as this swelling subsides, you will start to see the improvements from your surgery. There are a few special precautions during recovery: bending or lifting can prolong swelling, therefore this is not recommended for three weeks after surgery. Dr. Blair will meet with you to discuss any restrictions he recommends.

If you have been considering some type of nose enhancement, now is the time to call our office and set up an appointment to meet with Dr. Blair in a personal, private consultation. Call today at 304-201-3223 or contact us online now.

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