Rhinoplasty in Atlanta, GA
Nose jobs are amongst the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the United States. Men and women alike live with feeling self-conscious about the size or shape of their noses. Voted by Best of Forsyth Reader’s Choice Awards as the 2015 Best Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Christopher Killingsworth and his partner, Dr. Cristen Catignani, have a reputation as a highly skilled plastic surgeon amongst the residents of Cumming, Forsyth County and Atlanta, Georgia.
Surgery to Improve the Nose
Most people do not give the appearance of their nose a second thought but for countless others, the nose is a constant source of ridicule and embarrassment. Many things can affect the look of your nose including genetics, accidents, injuries, illness, functional deformities, and even aging. As you get older, your nose tends to elongate with the skin becoming thicker and less elastic and loss of support occurs on the lower one-third of the nose causing the tip mechanisms to weaken, which can lead to a dorsal hump, decreased tip projection, a longer nose, and tip ptosis (sagging). Other common imperfections include noses that are too short, too large, too crooked, too wide, too narrow, too bumpy, too flat, too droopy, and some tilt up to such an extent that their shape is referred to as a “ski-slope” nose. Fortunately, plastic surgery can correct a multitude of nose problems making you proud of the most prominent feature on your face.
Benefits of Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)
While many patients want to improve the genetic aspects of their nose, for others nose surgery can correct functional issues such as limited nasal airflow resulting from abnormal internal nasal structures and breathing difficulties due to a deviated septum. Made of cartilage and bone, the septum is the wall between your two nostrils dividing the nasal cavity into halves and the ideal nasal septum is straight while a deviated septum occurs when the septum shifts away from the midline affecting nasal breathing. Another breathing issue occurs when one or both sides of your nose collapse inward when you breathe. This condition is called nasal valve collapse or nasal vestibular stenosis. Both of these conditions can be corrected during a rhinoplasty.
Reconstructive rhinoplasty is another type of nose surgery performed to correct a severe deformity of the nose that is related to injury, trauma, or cancer. Revision (secondary) rhinoplasty is designed to correct a previous rhinoplasty that, in many cases, involves the replacement of large amounts of cartilage removed during the first procedure. With all of the different types of rhinoplasty surgery available, Dr. Killingsworth and Dr. Catignani will individualize a treatment plan to meet all of your needs and expectations. During your consultation, you will be encouraged to bring photographs of celebrities or other people whose noses you like (and don’t like), so Dr. Killingsworth or Dr. Catignani can better comprehend your goals and determine if they are realistic. It is important that you understand that what might look good on one person may not be right for your profile and personal anatomy so with Dr. Catignani and Dr. Killingsworth’s expertise and advice, together you will decide on the proper procedure (s) that will provide the most rewarding and satisfying outcome.
Evaluation for Rhinoplasty
Nose surgery was one of the first facial aesthetic operations ever performed and today it is among the most frequent plastic surgeries. At Atlanta Aesthetics, Dr. Killingsworth and Dr. Catignani offer rhinoplasty surgery to their patients to give them not only a new appearance but also a new outlook on life. Rhinoplasty is designed to improve the appearance and proportion of the nose so that it’s balanced with the other facial features, and it can be performed for aesthetic and/or functional reasons. Sometimes referred to as a “nose reshaping” or a “nose job”, rhinoplasty is one of the most technically challenging facial operations because removing, adding, rearranging, and/or reshaping cartilage and bone without compromising the function of the nose can be challenging. Some of the common cosmetic reasons a person seeks nose surgery is to correct size and proportion, improve depressions or dorsum humps, balance out asymmetries, modify a droopy nose tip, widen a flat nasal bridge, or enhance ethnic identity.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Rhinoplasty surgeries are usually considered an outpatient procedure that can take from one to three hours to complete depending on the type of rhinoplasty you have as well as the degree of correction involved. Rhinoplasty is typically performed using local anesthesia with intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia, although a revision rhinoplasty may involve general anesthesia because it is a more complicated surgery.
All rhinoplasty surgeries are performed using predominantly internal incisions and the different methods include:
- Closed Procedure: During a closed procedure, incisions are hidden inside the nose, and much of the operation is performed without actually being able to see the tissues being modified.
- Open Procedure: In an open nose procedure, the incision is made across the columella (the narrow, vertical strip of tissue that separates the nostrils) enabling Dr. Killingsworth or Dr. Catignani to see everything that needs to be modified. In an open rhinoplasty, Dr. Killingsworth or Dr. Catignani usually removes less cartilage and adds more structure to the nasal tip, strengthening the underlying architecture to prevent twisting and other adverse changes as you age.
After the choice of incision is made to complete your nose surgery, Dr. Killingsworth or Dr. Catignani will lift the soft tissues that cover your nose, allowing access to reshape the structure. After the reshaping, your nasal skin and tissue are re-draped, and the incisions are closed. Dr. Killingsworth or Dr. Catignani will then apply nasal packing to help reduce swelling and bleeding and for most patients, although black and blue around the eyes they are able to return to work within 10 days. Much of the swelling will be gone in three to six weeks, but it is important to understand that it may take months for all of the swelling to dissipate, and you will be given pre and post-operative instructions designed to decrease the risk of bleeding, help alleviate your swelling, and optimize your comfort. After your nose surgery, the nasal structures may be weaker, and a nasal injury may severely damage your nose so you must be extremely careful to prevent this from happening.
At Atlanta Aesthetics, Dr. Catignani and Dr. Killingsworth’s goal is to always give you a natural looking nose: not a nose that has an operated look. Dr. Killingsworth and Dr. Catignani take great pride in knowing that his patients are very happy with the results. If you do not like the appearance of your nose, and you would like some refinement so that it fits your face more proportionally, looks softer, or has more definition, please call Atlanta Aesthetics today and let us schedule your confidential consultation with Dr. Killingsworth or Dr. Catignani.
Atlanta Nose Job (Rhinoplasty) Cost and Financing Options
Certain rhinoplasty surgeries are covered by medical insurance, but you will need a personal consultation with Dr. Killingsworth or Dr. Catignani to determine if the surgery is medically necessary. You are responsible for any remaining balance after the claim is processed by your insurance. If the surgery is considered cosmetic, you are responsible for the full cost of your nose job. We accept payment by cash, personal check, credit card and CareCredit® financing.
Is your nose crooked, too large or too small? Do you have an embarrassing bump on the bridge of your nose? Contact Atlanta Aesthetics to schedule a personal consultation with the 2015 Best of Forsyth Reader’s Choice Best Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Christopher Killingsworth, a double board-certified plastic surgeon, or Atlanta palstic surgeon, Dr. Cristen Catignani, with offices in Cumming and Johns Creek.