Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) in Oakland
WHO IS A CANDIDATE?
Rhinoplasty may be appropriate for you if you are dissatisfied with the shape of your nose
or if you do not breathe well through your nose. The operation is rarely done before facial
growth is completed, that is, age 14 -16. The thickness of the skin on the nose is different
in different people. Thinner skin allows any changes made in the underlying skeleton of bone
and cartilage to show through clearly. Thick skin tends to hide such changes and may limit the
production of a fine delicate look. As we get older it becomes harder to adjust to the look of
a very different nose, and dramatic changes may not be a good idea after age 35.
WHAT CHANGES CAN BE EXPECTED?
Many people have a "bump" on their nose that is most prominent on profile view, and this
can be removed. A crooked nose can be straightened, although sometimes not completely.
The tip can be made smaller, both vertically and side-to-side. There is more than one profile
shape that is considered attractive.
HOW IS A RHINOPLASTY DONE?
Dr. Cedars does the operation under general anesthesia, with a Board-certified physician
anesthesiologist taking care of you. Incisions are made inside the nose, and these are commonly
connected with a skin incision across the narrow strip of skin between the nostrils. Reshaping
is done by a number of techniques, including removing cartilage and bone, placing cartilage in
new locations, and shaping cartilage by placing permanent sutures. Often, the bones are cut
You may or may not have packing in the nose, and you may or may not have a plaster splint
on the outside. If so, these are removed in a week or sometimes earlier. Narcotics are prescribed
for pain control. People are usually back at light activities after 10-14 days.
Rhinoplasty - Nose Surgery in Oakland
3300 Webster Street 1106
Oakland, CA 94069