What is Fusion Rhinoplasty?
Fusion Rhinoplasty is a term for both a septoplasty and a cosmetic rhinoplasty during a single surgery. This is also known as a septorhinoplasty. During this procedure, Dr. Aminpour corrects specific issues that inhibit nasal function while also addressing cosmetic imperfections. While the septoplasty aspect of the surgery is done solely based on Dr. Aminpour's recommendation, the cosmetic aspect is of course thoroughly discussed prior to surgery.
Fusion Rhinoplasty Procedure
The Fusion Rhinoplasty or septorhinoplasty is normally performed as an “open nose” procedure. With this method, there is a small incision made at the base of the columella, the skin that separates each nostril. This allows Dr. Aminpour full access to the nasal bones and cartilage.
The functional aspect of the nose will be addressed with the septoplasty portion of the procedure, and the nasal septum will be straightened and any blockages to the nasal passages from bone or cartilage will be removed.
The cosmetic aspects of the nose will be addressed based on the needs and wants of each patient. Some patients want a bump removed from the bridge of their nose. Others would like the tip refined so it is less bulbous. Many would like their nose refined so that it is less wide. Specific aesthetic changes will be determined based on the concerns and issues you express to Dr. Aminpour about your nose. The exact cosmetic and functional changes of your procedure will be reviewed with you in detail during your consultation.
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What are the benefits of Fusion Rhinoplasty?
Nasal surgeries are most successful when they are performed on a nose that has had no previous surgeries and when it is executed perfectly so there is no need for revisional rhinoplasty.
Once a nose has been operated on, scar tissue makes each subsequent surgery that much harder. Also, if bone, tissue and cartilage are removed during an initial surgery, it can make it more difficult for the surgeon doing the second surgery as he has less tissue to work with in reshaping the nose.
For all of the above reasons, a septorhinoplasty is ideal for those who have a functional issue that needs to be corrected and who are also considering cosmetic nose surgery.
It’s best to consider your long-term goals for the appearance of your nose while you are considering functional nose surgery. If you think you may want to make cosmetic changes, opting for a septorhinoplasty will make it easier to accomplish the results you would like. You will also avoid paying for two separate procedures and undergoing two separate periods of recovery.
After your Fusion Rhinoplasty, not only will you be able to breathe more easily, you will also be happier with the appearance of your nose.
Am I a good candidate for Fusion Rhinoplasty?
If you have a deviated septum or some other functional issue that interferes with your breathing and you would like to change the appearance of your nose, you are most likely a good candidate for Fusion Rhinoplasty. Your next step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Aminpour to go over both your functional and cosmetic goals for your nose. In this way, you can discover exactly how he can help you get the nasal relief and cosmetic appearance you want.
Recovery & Aftercare from Fusion Rhinoplasty
The recovery from Fusion Rhinoplasty or a septoplasty is similar to the recovery for any rhinoplasty. Unlike many surgeons, Dr. Aminpour does not pack the nose after surgery, so there will be no uncomfortable breathing issues or packing removal process. He will use splints, casts, sutures and other supports to maintain the shape of the nose after surgery, none of which requires extensive nose packing.
You will experience bruising and swelling, which will go down in 2 to 3 weeks. You will see results from the surgery within the first 6 weeks of your procedure, but the appearance of your nose will not be completely final until at least one year after your procedure when swelling has fully reduced.