Rhinoplasty – Dr. Mackenzie in Santa Barbara
Our rhinoplasty procedures change the shape of the nose to give patients a more proportional, balanced facial structure. Rhinoplasty can increase or decrease the size of the nose, remove a bump, or reshape the bridge or nostrils. Just a small alteration in the shape of your nose can realign your face and make you look and feel more attractive.
At our Santa Barbara office, we offer computer imaging with the Mirror system, a morphing technology that allows patients to see the potential results of his or her rhinoplasty procedure. More than any other procedure, rhinoplasty surgery should be tailored to the individual nose and not performed with a one-size-fits-all mentality. Dr. Mackenzie is comfortable performing both open and closed rhinoplasty, as well as secondary rhinoplasty for correction of problems from previous surgery.
Rhinoplasty surgery is almost always done under general anesthesia. Patients will have a plastic splint on their nose afterward to protect the nose and help minimize swelling, and most patients will also have a soft sponge packing placed within each nostril. The packing is typically removed within 48 hours, while the splint stays on for one week. Some bruising will occur, especially if the bones need to be reset, and can linger for 2 weeks or more. You will see the early result when the splint comes off, but it will be at least a month before most of the result can be seen, and many more months before the final result.
Some select patients may also be candidates for nonsurgical rhinoplasty using fillers to sculpt and fill contour problems.
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