The face is the most distinguishing feature a person notices in another, and it affects how an individual is viewed. As the nose is the focal point and occupies the center of the face, nose surgery (also known as rhinoplasty), for Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware plastic surgery patients is becoming increasingly common. While rhinoplasty is performed to improve one’s cosmetic appearance, it can also correct breathing problems, as well.
Dr. Timothy Greco is a facial plastic surgeon skilled in performing rhinoplasty to help patients improve facial harmony. He is committed to meeting with you to discuss your specific concerns and needs and creating a unique surgical plan that will yield an optimal outcome.
Before your rhinoplasty surgery at our Philadelphia area practice, it is important to prepare accordingly. We want you to feel comfortable with the procedure and after care, and our consultation and preoperative visit are designed with this in mind. If you are considering surgery, please read common questions asked about planning and preparing for your procedure.
We recommend assessing what your current wants and needs are prior to meeting with Dr. Greco for a personal, in-depth consultation. Once you have discussed your concerns with him, he will create a surgical plan that is tailored individually to you.
It is strongly recommended that individuals stop smoking several weeks before and after their surgery.
In general, our rhinoplasty patients can expect that surgery will take several hours to perform. This will vary depending on the individual patient and the complexity of the surgery.
Generally, our rhinoplasty patients are sent home the day of surgery with a taped splint over the nose as it heals. During this time, medication may be prescribed to help ease any discomfort you may feel post-surgery. Patients are instructed to apply cold compresses to the nose intermittently for three days.
In most cases, our patients are able to resume normal activities within two weeks. Minor bruising may be disguised with makeup.
Immediately after surgery, patients typically notice swelling around the nose and eyes. The majority of this swelling (80%) resolves in two weeks. Around this time, patients are able to see a noticeable change to the shape of the nose. The remaining swelling will dissipate within nine to twelve months after the procedure, at which time patients will see the final result.