Changing the shape of the nose is one of the most frequently requested procedures at the Stella Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. The nose is a prominent facial feature, and it is quite common to meet patients who have been concerned with their nasal appearance for most of their lives. A rhinoplasty procedure in Seattle performed by Dr. Stella Desyatnikova can have a profound effect on your appearance and may boost confidence and self esteem.
Dr. Stella understands that no two patients are the same, and customizes each rhinoplasty procedure to individually fit the patient's needs. With her training and board certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Stella provides the knowledge and experience necessary for beautiful results.
To learn more about nose surgery in Seattle, or other procedures offered at the Stella Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, request a consultation or call our office at 206-682-3223. We look forward to helping you with any questions or concerns you may have, and getting you on your way to looking and feeling your best!
Stella Desyatnikova, M.D.
Meet Dr. Stella, a board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon and Otolaryngologist who is committed to enhancing natural beauty and creating an appealing, harmonious look.
What can rhinoplasty improve?
The objective of most of our Seattle rhinoplasty patients is to create a harmonious, natural-appearing balance between their nose and other facial features. It is extremely important for you to communicate your desires to your surgeon, so that an exact plan is developed. Dr. Stella will perform an evaluation, and communicate to you what can be achieved through surgery. Computer imaging may be utilized during the consultation, as it is helpful to see how changing the shape of your nose will change your appearance.
Many surgical techniques can be used to change nasal shape, making it smaller or shorter, making the tip narrower, straightening it out, taking down the hump, etc. In modifying the shape of the nose, however, the function should not be sacrificed. The complexity of this procedure requires utmost concentration for the several hours it is performed.
One of the reasons to consider rhinoplasty or nasal surgery is to alleviate breathing problems, and sometimes it is necessary to straighten your septum or address your turbinates at the same time. At your initial consultation, Dr. Stella will perform a thorough diagnostic evaluation, occasionally including an examination with a small telescope. Other diagnostic tests can be performed, depending on the severity of the problem, but they are seldom required.
What is involved in this procedure?
Rhinoplasty, sometimes referred to as a "nose job" in Seattle, is usually performed under general anesthesia or deep sedation in a surgical center setting to provide maximum comfort. The procedure is complex and can take several hours to complete. The majority of incisions are made inside the nose, but occasionally a small incision will be made between the nostrils. The skin is then separated from the underlying bone and cartilage, which are then reshaped according to the desired silhouette. A little plastic splint is typically applied to the outside of the nose and needs to stay for a week.
Dr. Stella will see you in the office the day after surgery to ensure proper healing, and to clean out your air passages, so as to ease your breathing. Some swelling is expected after the surgery, and you may need to use medications or nasal spray to keep your nasal passages open. Keeping the head elevated and applying cold compresses helps to reduce the swelling. Pain is usually minimal, but you will be prescribed pain medications to take as needed. The splint and the sutures will be removed in a week. The majority of the swelling resolves during the first month, but your nose will continue to adjust its shape over the next several years.
Additional procedures can be combined with rhinoplasty, such as a chin implant. If you desire, this can be performed at the same setting as your nasal surgery.