Rhinoplasty services offered in The Loop, Chicago, IL

Consider rhinoplasty if you experience chronic breathing problems like congestion or sinusitis or are unhappy with your nose’s shape or appearance. At Michigan Avenue Primary Care, the primary care and ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists use rhinoplasty to help people look and feel their best. Call the office in The Loop in Chicago, Illinois, or book online to make an appointment.

Rhinoplasty Q & A

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that changes the shape of your nose. Often, it’s done for cosmetic reasons. But you could medically benefit as well if you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or another health problem that affects your breathing.

During rhinoplasty, your Michigan Avenue Primary Care provider reshapes your bone, cartilage, and skin. Your surgeon considers several things, including your other facial features and complexion, to ensure positive results.

Why would I need a rhinoplasty?

Michigan Avenue Primary Care does rhinoplasty for several reasons, including:

  • To change the size, shape, or proportions of your nose
  • To repair deformities caused by an injury
  • To correct birth abnormalities
  • To improve breathing problems like chronic sinus infections

After reviewing your medical records and discussing your symptoms and goals, your Michigan Avenue Primary Care provider develops a custom treatment plan.

How do I prepare for rhinoplasty?

Before rhinoplasty, your Michigan Avenue Primary Care provider does a preoperative exam. During the exam, they ask about your motivation for seeking the surgery and your goals. Then, they do a physical exam and order lab work, including blood tests and urinalysis.

Let your provider know if you take prescription medication or have chronic health problems. Some drugs and conditions can increase your risk of complications, so your surgeon must be aware.

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, but it’s done under an anesthetic, so you need a friend or family member to drive you home.

What happens during rhinoplasty?

Michigan Avenue Primary Care does rhinoplasty at a hospital or a surgical facility.

On the day of the procedure, you change into a gown and lie on your back on an operating table. Once you’re comfortable, your surgeon administers a general anesthetic, putting you to sleep.

During surgery, your provider makes a small incision at the base of your nose. Then, they readjust the bone and cartilage beneath your skin. After making the necessary repairs, your surgeon closes the incision and moves you to a recovery room for observation.

What is recovery like after rhinoplasty?

After rhinoplasty, expect to take several days off work or school. Get plenty of rest and keep your head elevated to reduce bleeding and swelling. Take your medication as prescribed and drink lots of water. Michigan Avenue Primary Care also recommends:

  • Not blowing your nose
  • Avoiding strenuous activities
  • Eating high-fiber foods
  • Take baths instead of showers until your nose heals

To keep pressure off your nose, you should also avoid wearing eyeglasses or sunglasses for at least four weeks after surgery.

To learn more about the benefits of rhinoplasty, make an appointment at Michigan Avenue Primary Care by calling the office or booking online today.