Many people know rhinoplasty as the cosmetic surgery that can alter the shape of the nose, delivering a more balanced facial appearance. Others may seek rhinoplasty for functional or breathing issues, and some desire both cosmetic and functional improvements. However, many are not aware that doctors employ various rhinoplasty methods for different reasons.
For example, Dr. Phillip R. Langsdon is an award-winning expert in an innovative method called preservation rhinoplasty. Continue reading to learn more about the differences between rhinoplasty and preservation rhinoplasty.
What Is a Rhinoplasty?
Sometimes referred to as a “nose job” or “nose reshaping,” a rhinoplasty improves the appearance of a patient’s nose. Some of the most common complaints Dr. Langsdon hears from his patients seeking a rhinoplasty include:
- They are unhappy with the bridge of their nose, which has a bump
- Their nose is too large for their face
- They do not like the shape of the tip of their nose
- Their nose is crooked
- Their nose does not suit their face
Dr. Langsdon, the award-winning and highly respected facial plastic surgeon in Germantown, TN, is considered by many to be the best facelift and rhinoplasty surgeon in America. As a pioneer in rhinoplasty surgery, he has developed techniques for rhinoplasty procedures, such as a preservation rhinoplasty technique that expertly produces natural-looking nose job results with less downtime and a quicker recovery.
How Does Preservation Rhinoplasty Differ From Traditional Rhinoplasty?
Most patients who consider rhinoplasty do so to reduce the height of the bridge of their nose. For many, having an arch or hump on the bridge of their nose is an unattractive physical trait.
After traditional rhinoplasty, many patients enjoy the change in their nose and the reduction in their dorsal hump. Still, they feel that the results make them appear fake, primarily due to the modification of the dorsal lines of the nose.
Because traditional rhinoplasty involves removing cartilage and bone from the top of the bridge of the nose, the surgery substantially alters the natural bone structure of the nose. So, while traditional rhinoplasty can correct the original problem of a large bump on the bridge of the nose, the natural lines of the nose are visibly modified by the procedure, often resulting in an unnatural, operated-on appearance and longer recovery time.
With preservation rhinoplasty, Dr. Langsdon alters the height of the nasal bridge by taking bone and cartilage away from underneath the nose, a technique that maintains the natural appearance of the nose while at the same time adjusting the height of the bridge.
Patients are generally happier with the results gained from preservation rhinoplasty, especially as there may be no need for corrective revision rhinoplasty later.
Better Recovery With Preservation Rhinoplasty in Germantown, TN
Another benefit of preservation rhinoplasty is due to the location on the nose where Dr. Langsdon performs this surgery. During traditional rhinoplasty, soft tissue is affected by the removal of bone and cartilage. Since this soft tissue contains blood vessels and lymphatics responsible for blood circulation and healing, traditional rhinoplasty can result in more trauma to the area.
With preservation rhinoplasty, Dr. Langsdon does not need to interfere with soft tissue during the procedure, bringing the added benefit of a faster and more efficient recovery since the procedure does not disturb the area’s blood supply.
What Can I Expect From My Revision Rhinoplasty Procedure?
Before Revision Rhinoplasty
Leading up to your preservation rhinoplasty procedure, you can expect Dr. Langsdon to recommend that you get plenty of rest, eat a healthy diet, and plan for your recovery.
Since smoking hinders recovery, patients should also stop smoking at least six weeks before and after the surgery. With nicotine being a vasoconstrictor, it inhibits blood flow and circulation to the skin, thus affecting the body’s ability to heal from the surgery.
You will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from the Langsdon Clinic in Germantown, TN, as you will be under general anesthesia during the surgery and should not drive yourself.
During Revision Rhinoplasty
On the day of your revision rhinoplasty surgery, expect a final consultation with Dr. Langsdon to ensure everything is exactly as you both expect and to clarify any questions you may have. When you’re ready to move ahead with your procedure, our resident anesthesiologist will administer your general anesthesia, and Dr. Langsdon will begin your preservation rhinoplasty, an operation that generally takes between one to two hours.
After Revision Rhinoplasty
Once Dr. Langsdon has completed your surgery, he will place splints on your nose, along with protective gauze, and you’ll be closely monitored as you wake up from your anesthesia. Once it is safe to leave, your driver may take you home to begin your recovery.
Now’s the Time to Have Your Preservation Rhinoplasty
For more information on preservation rhinoplasty and traditional rhinoplasty facial plastic surgery in or around Germantown, TN, and near the Memphis International Airport, please contact us by calling 888-816-FACE (3223) or 901-755-6465, or by sending us a message on our website. We look forward to helping you discover the excellent results made possible by your rhinoplasty!