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SURGERY OF THE NOSE


Dr. Saieh usually recommends that patients wait until they are at least 17 or 18 years old, and possibly older for boys, before undergoing rhinoplasty. This is because the nose may not be fully developed at a younger age. If you are a teen, Dr. Saieh will want to be certain that you have thought carefully about surgery and that the desire to change your appearance is based on your own feelings rather than those of your parents or friends. Assuming you are in good health, there is no upper age limit for having your nose reshaped. Sometimes certain breathing problems related to the internal nasal structures can be corrected at the same time as nose reshaping is performed. Dr. Saieh will be able to help you determine whether these structures should be modified along with reshaping your nose.

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BEFORE & AFTER PICTURES OF A NOSE SURGERY PERFORMED BY DR. SAIEH



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INDICATIONS THAT YOU MAY BE A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR RHINOPLASTY:


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* Your nose appears too large for your face
* There is a bump on the nasal bridge when viewed in profile
* Your nose seems too wide when viewed from the front
* The nasal tip droops or plunges
* The tip is thickened or enlarged
* Your nostrils are excessively flared
* Your nose is off-center or crooked
* Previous injury has made your nose asymmetrical
It is important that you have a clear idea of how you would like your nose to look and, at the same time, realize that there are limitations to the procedure. Patients with sufficient physical and emotional maturity who undergo rhinoplasty because they want to enhance their self-image are usually very satisfied with their decision. During your initial consultation, you may be asked to look in a mirror and point out exactly what you would like to see improved. This will help Dr. Saieh understand your expectations and determine whether they can realistically be achieved.

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YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY IS VERY IMPORTANT


You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include: information about any medical conditions you may have, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries including repair of nasal injuries, and medications that you currently take. Dr. Saieh will also ask whether you have difficulty breathing through your nose, suffer from allergies that may cause nasal stuffiness, or are a chronic user of nasal spray. It is important for you to provide complete information.

In evaluating you for rhinoplasty, Dr. Saieh will conduct a routine and painless examination of your internal nasal structures. Your skin quality, as well as the size and shape of your nose and its relationship to your other facial features, will be carefully studied. In some instances, Dr. Saieh may recommend surgery of your chin, making it either more or less prominent, to improve facial balance. This procedure can be done at the same time as your rhinoplasty.

Please stop, at least two weeks before surgery, all prescription and non-prescription herbal-like vitamins, diet pills, energizers, stimulants and appetite suppressants either bought in the USA or a foreign country, i.e. Mexico, etc. Bring them to the office and tell Dr. Saieh about them. Do not take Aspirin or Ibuprofen or any other related anti-inflammatory products for a period of three (3) weeks prior to surgery and four (4) weeks after surgery, because they can cause increased bleeding. To take Tylenol (Acetaminophen) is okay. If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery.

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THE COST OF SURGERY


It is understandable that you would like to have information about the cost of surgery as soon as possible. Dr. Saieh must first complete a thorough evaluation before your individualized surgical plan can be developed. Following this, the fees required for your surgery will be discussed with you.

While most insurance plans will not pay for aesthetic nose reshaping, they frequently will cover surgery performed on the internal structures of the nose to improve breathing problems. Dr. Saieh can discuss this with you at the same time of consultation.

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HOW THE RHINOPLASTY SURGERY MAY BE PERFORMED


nose surgery Alterations may be made to increase or decrease the nasal bridge, reduce the size or width of the nose, narrow the nostrils, change the angle between the nose and upper lip, or reshape the tip. The surgical techniques employed will depend primarily on the goals established by you and Dr. Saieh. In some instances, all of the incisions will be placed inside your nose, where they will not be visible . If the base of the nose is narrowed or the nostrils reduced, small wedges of skin at the base of the nostrils will be removed. Incisions are hidden in the natural crease where the nostril joins the cheek.

Sometimes a very short incision is made across the vertical strip of tissue that separates the nostrils, called the columella. This technique is called an "open rhinoplasty." Whatever incisions are used to reshape your nose, they will ultimately be very inconspicuous. nose surgery Through the small incisions described previously, work is done on the cartilage and bone that form the framework of your nose. Sometimes, the position of certain bones may need to be slightly altered in order to make your nose look narrower and straighter. If your nose needs to be built up in some areas, this can be done using nasal cartilage, or perhaps bone or cartilage from another site. The skin and soft tissues then redrape themselves over this new "scaffolding."

If your rhinoplasty will be performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you at least the first night following surgery.







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Dr. Saieh is a member of these distinguished honor societies for
Plastic Surgeons and certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.