Cosmetic nose surgery
The size, shape, and structure of the nose are usually inherited from one’s parents and often a byproduct of race or ethnicity. If people tend to notice your nose before anything else about your face, that’s a good indication that your nose is a distraction, and that you might benefit from cosmetic rhinoplasty. A board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Greg Ganske is well-versed in the most common cosmetic problems that bother people about their noses, including:
- Nostril width
- Bumps or depressions in the nose bridge
- Nose bridge is not prominent enough
- “Hook” noses
- Crooked noses
- Bulbous noses
- Tip of the nose is too high or too low
If these or other attributes of your nose are of concern to you, call our office in Des Moines, IA, to schedule a rhinoplasty consultation.
Who are good candidates for nose surgery?
Nose surgery is a medical procedure requiring the patient be put under general anesthesia and allow for several days recovery time. Children should not undergo cosmetic nose surgery, as their nasal bones are still growing, but exceptions are made in the case of severe deformities such as cleft lip/palate or other birth defects that could negatively impact a child’s self-esteem and quality of life.
Generally, rhinoplasty can be safely performed on individuals who are:
- At least 16 years old, or whose facial bone growth is complete
- In reasonably good physical health
- Non-smokers or those who have quit smoking in the weeks leading up to their procedure
- Realistic about your expectations for life after your procedure
Before your procedure, Dr. Greg Ganske will:
- Discuss your medical history and any medications you might be taking
- Perform a full physical exam, including the inside and outside of your nose
- Take photographs of your nose from various angles
- Order lab or blood tests to determine any allergies that may hinder your procedure or recovery
- Give you a list of medications, foods, and activities to avoid before and after your procedure
Most patients can return to work and normal activity one to two weeks after their procedure.