Minneapolis Rhinoplasty Surgery with Dr. George Landis

Even a small surgical adjustment made to the size or shape of your nose can result in a significant improvement in overall facial harmony. With nose surgery or rhinoplasty in Minneapolis, Dr. Landis can help to balance your facial features, so they complement one another. A nose job is more than simply making a large nose smaller – our skilled cosmetic nose surgeon creates natural results and does not make you look like a different person. The goal is to improve confidence and overall aesthetics. As your most prominent facial feature, an out-of-proportion nose can negatively impact your self-image. Beautiful results are about creating a balance of size, width, and angles.

If the width and size of your nose have always made you feel less confident about your appearance, contact Dr. Landis today for your consultation. Our plastic surgeon and team are committed to patient education and compassionate care, for excellent results.

What Can Rhinoplasty Do for You?

Your cosmetic surgery is highly individualized. Determining whether the tip of your nose should be upturned or if the bridge should be smoothed is entirely dependent on your concerns, overall facial shape, and what will create the best aesthetics. The changes made to the nose during surgery can include:

  • Reduction or elimination of bumps on the nose bridge
  • Raising or lowering the bridge with grafts
  • Narrowing a wide bridge or nostrils
  • Reducing, enlarging, or upturning the nose top
  • Changing nostril position

In general, nose surgery helps patients feel confident about their appearance. For women, it means less time spent applying makeup to detract from a large nose. In some cases, cosmetic changes can also make it easier to breathe freely, helping you sleep better and preventing snoring. Your treatment has wide-reaching benefits, both medical and emotional.

Are You Qualified for a Rhinoplasty?

The earliest recommended age for a rhinoplasty is in the mid-teenage years when the nose is fully developed. If your facial features have finished growing and developing, you can receive cosmetic surgery to change the shape of your nose. If treatment is sought before this time, results of your procedure can change. Patients see best results if they are non-smokers who are in overall good health and who have the right expectations for surgery.

Candidates understand that they won’t achieve a particular celebrity’s nose or a stereotypical small, button nose. Treatment is intended to provide a nose shape that beautifully matches the rest of your facial features, as opposed to having a nose that stands out for being the wrong size.

The best way to determine whether this procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Landis. Our Minneapolis rhinoplasty surgeon thoroughly educates patients on how he can improve their facial profiles. We help you make a confident and informed decision about your surgical treatment plan.

Comprehensive Rhinoplasty Surgery in Minneapolis

Your cosmetic nose surgery is completed based on the features that will be changed during the course of treatment. Minor to moderate alternations can be provided with a closed rhinoplasty, while extensive changes are completed with the use of the open technique. Read more about these procedures below:

Incisions are placed inside the nostrils, making them completely invisible. The closed technique involves making changes to the cartilage under the skin, as no incisions are made on top of the nose bridge. This process can provide benefits for improved blood supply to support the viability of any grafts provided.

While this process involves placing a small incision on the columella, the skin that separates the nostrils, it also allows for a completely unobstructed view of the nasal structures and cartilage. Precise changes may be easier to control in this method, depending on your needs. Some patients are hesitant about this approach, but the truth is that the incision in this area heals quite well and is almost invisible to the naked eye.

As an experienced nose surgeon with decades of treatment to his credit, Dr. Landis achieves excellent results with either technique. Making a choice about your surgery is less about the method used and more about the skill of the practitioner. Dr. Landis encourages new and returning patients to visit his before and after photo gallery to see what results are possible with his skill in cosmetic surgery.

If you have any questions about nose surgery, Dr. Landis encourages you to call today and schedule a consultation. He understands that any surgical procedure can be intimidating, but his compassionate approach to treatment puts patients at ease. During your consultation, you are welcomed to ask any questions about your procedure and air your concerns, so Dr. Landis can provide educational information and help you feel confident about your rhinoplasty decision.

The Day of your Rhinoplasty: What to Expect

Dr. Landis typically performs your procedure under general anesthesia at an outpatient surgical center; treatment does not require an overnight hospital stay. After treatment is complete, dissolving sutures are used internally, and dissolving or removable sutures close are applied to external incisions (open rhinoplasty). You will wake up with a splint covering your nose and nasal packing inside nostrils to support internal nasal structure. The packing will only be in place for a day, and you will return to have it removed at a follow-up appointment. Your splint is worn full time for the next week to support ideal healing.

The results are immediately visible in the operating room but will be hidden by splints and bandages that promote proper healing. Swelling will also obscure results, but this inflammation gradually subsides as you continue to heal and take prescribed medications. Within two to four weeks, you will see the results of treatment become apparent, but your nose shape will continue to refine itself over the next following year.

Recovering from Nose Surgery At-Home

Following your procedure, you will need to have a caregiver drive you home and stay with you until you have had your first post op appointment with our office. During the first 24 hours, it’s normal to experience swelling, some bruising, and general stuffiness. You will have a drip pad placed at the end of your nose which can be changed as needed to ensure you feel comfortable; however, no nose blowing is allowed, as this may affect the sensitive nasal structure.

In addition to following all instructions for pain medication and cool compresses for the first 48 hours, Dr. Landis recommends a soft food diet. You may have a mild headache and will want to sleep with your head elevated on a few pillows. As you will be breathing through your mouth, we recommend drinking extra fluids, sucking on candies as needed, and using lip balm – all of which prevent dry mouth and keep soft tissue moisturized. If you wear eyeglasses, keep them in their case for a couple of days. Contact lenses can be used as tolerated. You should be back to your basic, normal routine within a week and back to regular exercise within three to six weeks. Before resuming any contact sports or an activity that can cause injury to your nose, please talk to Dr. Landis.

Cosmetic vs Functional Rhinoplasty: Will Insurance Cover your Procedure?

When patients hear nose surgery can have medical benefits, they often get excited that insurance may fund some or all of their treatment. While this can certainly be true, patients should have realistic expectations about the cost of rhinoplasty and how to effectively manage the fees for their procedure. A true, functional rhinoplasty, where structures of the nose are altered to clear airways and improve breathing, may be covered by your health insurance. This can also apply to surgery that corrects a previously broken nose or a deviated septum, which can lead to breathing problems, chronic stuffiness, snoring and post nasal drip. Insurance may pay for a correction of a documented deviated septum (septoplasty).

However, most patients who seek nose surgery do so for cosmetic reasons, and elective procedures are not included in medical benefit plans. Dr. Landis speaks to many patients interested in this treatment because of cosmetic problems. The best way to consider your treatment plan is to note that aesthetic changes can sometimes create better breathing, but a functional procedure covered by insurance will not provide the cosmetic enhancement you were hoping for.

Ask our Minneapolis rhinoplasty surgeon for more information about financing your procedure by calling our office.  Our front office staff is highly experienced in walking patients through the financing process and creating a payment plan that matches their expectations.

Call Today for your Minneapolis Rhinoplasty Consultation!

The first step to looking your best and feeling confident is scheduling a consultation with our cosmetic facial surgeon, Dr. George Landis. During your appointment, our surgeon sits with you to better understand why you are seeking treatment and what results you are hoping to achieve. Dr. Landis takes a consultative approach to all patient meetings, so you can understand why we recommended certain procedures.

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