Nasal reconstruction surgery has been a popular procedure since the inception of plastic surgery. Generally used to restore a patient’s nose and facial appearance after trauma, a birth defect, or cancer, this detailed surgery requires an artistic and delicate surgeon with an eye for detail. This is because, during the procedure, Dr. Rednam not only reconstructs the outer appearance of the nose, following the nose’s original contour and shape, but the nasal passageways as well. This ensures the restoration of both the appearance and the functionality of the nose.
Prior to the procedure, Dr. Rednam evaluates a patient’s head, neck and airways to ensure that nasal reconstruction is the best treatment option.
During the procedure, most patients are placed under general anesthesia, to ensure their experience is as pain-free and thorough as possible. Nasal reconstruction surgery is performed as either an open or closed procedure, depending on the incision site. In a closed approach, Dr. Rednam makes the incision inside the nostrils. In an open approach, she will make an incision on the skin in between the nostrils—lifting flaps of skin and soft tissue to modify the nasal bone and/or cartilage. In more severe cases, cartilage may be extracted from a patient’s ear or rib in order to supplement the reconstruction.
Once the procedure is complete, Dr. Rednam closes the incision with dissolvable or permanent sutures, and may place a splint to help recovery of the nasal septum.
The recovery for each surgery will vary based on the severity of the specific procedure and the health of the patient. Bandages are applied, and possibly splints for complete reconstructions involving structural damage.
Swelling and bruising may occur in the first few days, with the bruising diminishing in 5-10 days and the swelling subsiding in 2 – 4 weeks. Stitches may be removed in about a week, and normal activities resumed in 1 – 3 weeks depending on the severity of the procedure.
The nose should be protected from accidental impact for a few weeks or months after the surgery. Specific details regarding the recovery procedure, protective equipment, sports performance and a recovery timeline may be given to you by Dr. Rednam before and after your procedure.
Very unlikely complications of this procedure include an asymmetric appearance, infection, bleeding and changes in sensitivity, which may occur at both the nasal reconstruction site and the donor area. To ensure the fullest recovery, it is important to follow Dr. Rednam’s recovery instructions carefully.