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Have you always wished for a differently shaped nose?

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You catch sight of your face in the mirror and overall, you are happy with what you see. But for years, you have wished for a nose that was smaller or shaped to fit with the rest of your face. Dr. Kate O'Connor offers what is commonly known as a "nose job," or rhinoplasty, at her comfortable Nashville facial plastic surgery clinic.

Dr. O'Connor is extremely skilled in the procedure and provides a customized experience for you whether you want nose surgery for aesthetic reasons or need septoplasty (deviated septum correction) or nasal airway surgery. Ethnic rhinoplasty can also be considered. This is a procedure that enhances the appearance of the nose while maintaining the characteristics that are typical of your ethnicity.

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What is Rhinoplasty?

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The upper portion of your nose is bone, the lower part cartilage. Rhinoplasty or nose surgery is a facial plastic surgery procedure that can adjust either or both as well as the skin covering the nose.

Rhinoplasty is designed to Improve the appearance or structure of your nose. These procedures can change the size or shape of your nose and can correct the results of an injury or birth defect as well as improve breathing. Dr. Kate O'Connor offers all areas of rhinoplasty in Nashville whether for cosmetic or medical reasons.

Benefits of Rhinoplasty

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For health reasons, rhinoplasty can adjust the nasal airway structure to improve the alignment of your nose for improved breathing. For cosmetic purposes, rhinoplasty can change or improve many nose imperfections, such as:

  • Symmetry of your nose
  • The appearance of your nostrils
  • The width at the bridge of your nose
  • The bumps or depressions affecting your profile
  • Refining or sliming an overly large tip of the nose
  • The size of your nose to achieve a better balance with your other facial features

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Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

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You are a good candidate for rhinoplasty if you are a healthy, non-smoker with no underlying conditions that might make healing difficult. It's important that your face has finished growing, therefore rhinoplasty is often not recommended for young teens.

There is no maximum age; however, the resilience of your skin will be a major factor in recovery. If you have a deviated septum that causes you trouble breathing or you snore excessively disrupting your sleep, you are a good candidate for septoplasty. If you want septoplasty or rhinoplasty in Nashville, Dr. Kate O'Connor is experienced in providing the procedure that will give you the nose shape and function you have wanted.

What Happens During a Rhinoplasty Procedure?

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During a Rhinoplasty Procedure

Dr. O'Connor will first spend time listening to what you hope to achieve with nose surgery. She will evaluate your overall health, discuss your options and the likely outcomes of the rhinoplasty procedure, analyze your facial structure and septum, and nose including inside the nose, as well as learn about your diet, supplements, and medications you are taking.

Dr. O'Connor may discuss additional surgery to combine with rhinoplasty to compliment your results, such as a chin augmentation or cheek implants. She will also discuss the type of anesthesia that will be used and outline the expected recovery process.

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During a Rhinoplasty Procedure

The rhinoplasty procedure itself starts with the administration of general or local anesthesia. Dr. O'Connor will cut between or inside your nostrils or at the base of your nose, separating the skin from the bone or cartilage so that she can reshape your nose. Depending on what is needed, she may add cartilage or bone to the nose.

For correction of a deviated septum, the septum may be partially removed before being placed in the correct position, or simply repositioned to the middle of the nose. The procedure usually takes one to two hours but can be longer if the surgery is more comprehensive.

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What Can I Expect During Recovery from Rhinoplasty?

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Every rhinoplasty is customized for your needs so recovery will be different for each Nashville rhinoplasty patient. At a minimum, you will need to rest in bed with your head elevated to reduce any bleeding and swelling. You may have a splint and dressing for a week or longer.

You will need to avoid strenuous activity for a while and be careful brushing your teeth. Dr. O'Connor will outline all the recommendations to ensure your recovery. The length of time of recovery will be dependent on the extent of the procedure done, but Dr. O'Connor's holistic, integrative approach will significantly improve your healing. She uses therapies such as acupuncture and supplements to speed up the restorative process. If you are looking for rhinoplasty in Nashville, Kate O'Connor, M.D., will provide a safe procedure designed to achieve the nose you want.

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What Results Can I Expect from My Rhinoplasty?

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Even small changes in the structure of your nose can make a large improvement in your appearance as well as the function of your nose.

Depending on the type of nose surgery you have, you may see better alignment and symmetry, a smaller tip of your nose, and a profile that is void of visible humps on the bridge of your nose. For treatment of structural problems, you will notice that you are sleeping and breathing more easily.

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Why Should I Go to Dr. Kate O'Connor for my Rhinoplasty?

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For rhinoplasty in Nashville, visiting Dr. Kate O'Connor is an excellent first step. She is one of the few female facial plastic surgeons in Nashville and is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, the American of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the Tennessee Medical Society.

Dr. O'Connor is additionally skilled at ethnic rhinoplasty and nasal airway surgery. Her holistic approach results in a more natural process and recovery. She pays attention to your personal aesthetic goals and is here to help you achieve them. Contact Dr. O'Connor for a consultation to determine if rhinoplasty is right for you.

When you decide to explore the surgical refinement of a facial feature, our goal at Harmony Facial Plastic Surgery is to begin your journey as a united team. We take our role in your care, happiness, and confidence to heart and strive to make your entire experience smooth and empowering. We will answer all your questions and help you understand your options to make the best decisions for yourself with a clear vision of your aesthetic goal in mind. We’re here to help you achieve your most confident self.

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