Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

Dr. Haigney performs Rhinoplasty in order to reshape the nose. Appearance and function can be improved for those people who are dissatisfied with the shape and size of their nose. Nasal reconstruction was one of the first cosmetic procedures ever developed and is among those most frequently performed today. Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure in which deformities of the nose are corrected by removing, rearranging or reshaping bone or cartilage.

Reasons for Surgery

Reasons include reducing the size of the nose, improvement of nasal breathing, and removal of bumps as well as improving the angle of a nose. Conditions may be natural or due to external trauma to the face. This operation will also help patients who have difficulty breathing by Dr. Haigney performing concomitant septoplasty to straighten any deviation to the nasal septum.

Before Surgery

A medical history along with a careful nasal examination is conducted in order to evaluate your nasal airway as well as any external nasal deformities. We will discuss with you the way your nose can look in relation to your other facial features. Digital Photographs and computer imaging allow Dr. Haigney to evaluate the appropriate procedure to achieve the desired results. Pre-operative instructions may include eliminating certain drugs that contain aspirin to minimize the possibility of excess bleeding.

Method of Surgery

Surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia in the hospital outpatient area. In most cases involving a reduction in shape or size of the nose, angle or removal of a hump, the skin of the nose is separated from the underlying skeleton of bone and cartilage. The bone and cartilage are then reshaped and the skin re-draped over the surface. Patients who have a deviated septum may benefit by correction of this problem. The incisions are placed inside the nose and across the columella (the tissue between the nostrils). In cases where the nostrils flare, the surgeon may make an incision at the junction between the nose and the skin of the upper lip to narrow the flared appearance. It is not unusual to combine rhinoplasty with chin augmentation to improve the profile.

Post-Operative Information

The recovery takes one to two weeks. Most people resume their normal activities within a week or two. Following surgery, an external nasal splint is applied to maintain and protect the new shape of the nose. The splint is removed within a week. Dr. Haigney rarely if ever uses uncomfortable internal splints.

Pain is minimal and is controlled with medications. Bruising occurs around the eyes and begins to fade within a few days. Discoloration usually disappears in two weeks.


Your insurance company may pay for all or part of the costs associated with your surgery if it is performed as a result of nasal obstruction. It is not uncommon for your insurance carrier to cover the septoplasty and turbinate reduction and leave the cosmetic reshaping of the nose (rhinoplasty) upon you. It is recommended that you check with your carrier to determine if there is coverage.
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