Reshaping the Nose with Rhinoplasty

A beautifully shaped, proportional nose rarely gets noticed, but it can make all the difference in bringing out your natural beauty. How? By helping to achieve facial harmony.

When your facial features are in balance and complement one another, that is facial harmony. Nasal surgery, or rhinoplasty, is one of the most common procedures performed to achieve facial harmony, and when approached with a personalized vision and current techniques, rhinoplasty offers highly satisfying results.

Dr. Ditesheim

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Charlotte

Why Dr. Ditesheim?

Cosmetic surgery is about you, not a procedure. That’s why Dr. Ditesheim approaches things differently. You’ll never hear him say you “need” a procedure. He’ll go over all of your options; you choose how to proceed. And this approach works! Just ask our happy patients.

When you choose Dr. Ditesheim, you get:

  • A board certified plastic surgeon with 16+ years of experience
  • Incredible support; the same medical team cares for you throughout the process
  • Imaging technology & sizing that lets you preview your results with accuracy—what you see is what you get
  • Privacy & safety of a fully accredited, on-site surgical facility

Dr. Ditesheim’s approach to rhinoplasty

Each rhinoplasty procedure is different. The needs of a person with breathing difficulties may be vastly different than that of a person who is interested in reshaping their nose. Dr. Jeffrey Ditesheim will listen to what you want, designing a treatment plan to achieve your desired results and enhance your naturally attractive features.

Computer Morphing Lets You Preview Your New Look

What if you’re not sure exactly how to describe what you want your nose to look like? If you’re like many of our patients, you’d know it when you see it. During your consultation, Dr. Ditesheim will take digital photos of your profile, “morphing” your nose on the screen based on your desired changes. Our patients have found this incredibly helpful, as they can feel confident about what surgery can achieve for them.

Patient before, with computer morphing applied, and after her rhinoplasty with Dr. Ditesheim.

Patient before, with computer morphing applied, and after her rhinoplasty with Dr. Ditesheim.

What changes to my nose can I make with rhinoplasty?

Nose reshaping is a highly individualized surgery, and can work to make a number of different changes. Dr. Ditesheim will listen carefully to your concerns and explain what different approaches can achieve for you. Rhinoplasty can achieve excellent results for the following:

  • Bringing the nose into better proportion with the rest of the face
  • Straightening a prominent bump or crooked nasal tip
  • Reducing or improving the shape of the nasal tip
  • Improving symmetry following injury
  • Improving the results of a previous rhinoplasty with another surgeon

These are just a few of the common goals we help patients achieve; if you are unhappy with your nose for another reason, we can help you learn about your options to make the changes you want.

Before & After Rhinoplasty to Improve Breathing & Facial Harmony

This patient felt his was too large for his face and was experiencing breathing problems. Dr. Ditesheim peformed an open rhinoplasty, creating a smoother, better proportioned nose and straightening the septum. From the patient: “It looks like the nose I’ve always wanted. The best part of all is I can finally breathe again!”

Before & After Rhinoplasty to Improve Symmetry & Refine Shape

This patient was bothered by the appearance of her nose after injuring it years ago. Dr. Ditesheim performed a rhinoplasty to improve symmetry and reduce prominent nostrils. From the patient: “Now all I see is pure beauty, I cannot stop smiling.”

Rhinoplasty Surgery Techniques Explained

A rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the function and appearance of a person’s nose. Dr. Ditesheim’s modern approach to nasal surgery incorporates advanced techniques based upon two principles:

1. Adding tissue, such as a cartilage graft, can often improve contour and breathing.

Grafting techniques can be more effective and appear more natural than removing tissue alone. It is sometimes more predictable, for example, to improve the profile by building up a low nasal bridge rather than trying to reduce the forward projection of the nasal tip.

Conversely, in patients where the forward projection of the tip is inadequate, adding cartilage will yield a more natural profile than trying to reduce the bridge. Most rhinoplasty procedures today entail a combination of tissue removal and tissue addition in order to produce the best result.

2. An “open” rhinoplasty method allows a surgeon to make highly detailed changes.

A small incision is placed in the skin under the nose between the nostrils, allowing the plastic surgeon to “open” the nose and view its entire internal structure. This allows for great precision in making internal changes, which affect external appearance. Patients who have had previous nasal surgery with a poor result usually require both cartilage grafts and an “open” rhinoplasty in order to correct the deformities.

Preparing for your nose surgery

Dr. Ditesheim and his experienced staff will provide you with pre-surgical information that includes guidelines about drinking, smoking and avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Dr. Ditesheim’s caring staff has a wealth of experience in preparing families for the rhinoplasty recovery process and ensuring a predictable, smooth process.

Rhinoplasty surgery details

Nasal procedures are tailored to the individual facial structures and your personal goals. This creates differences in rhinoplasty surgery times to range from 2 to 5 hours. The cosmetic surgery procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis, with the patient under general anesthesia administered by a board-certified physician anesthesiologist to ensure the highest level of safety.

Your procedure will be performed in our on-site AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) accredited surgical suite for your comfort and privacy.

Your recovery from rhinoplasty

Once your rhinoplasty surgery is complete, your nose will be bandaged and splinted in order to minimize swelling and bruising. The dressing may include nasal packing, which should be removed within a couple of days. All sutures and/or staples, splints, and bandages are usually removed within five to ten days.

During the first twenty-four hours following your surgery, your face will be puffy and may feel sore. You may notice increased swelling and bruising over the next few days following your procedure; this is normal. Applying cold compresses will help reduce swelling and help keep you comfortable.

Most of the swelling and bruising should subside within 2 to 3 weeks. There may be slight swelling for months to follow, but it will only be noticeable by you and Dr. Ditesheim. Our office will schedule frequent follow-up visits in the months following your procedure to check on your healing progress. They’re great at providing emotional support to help you throughout your cosmetic surgery experience.

Is nose reshaping surgery right for me?

Whether you are unhappy with the proportion, angle, tip or other specific features of your nose, or you have experienced changes due to injuries, nasal surgery can address what you wish to improve and allow you to put a naturally beautiful, proportionate face forward. If any of the following describe you, we encourage you to come in for a consultation to discuss your options for nose reshaping:

• You feel like your nose is out of proportion with the rest of your face.
• You have difficulty breathing, due to a previous trauma to the face.
• You are in good physical health and have realistic expectations.

How much does a rhinoplasty cost in Charlotte?

Nose surgery is a highly individualized procedure; the exact cost can only be determined in consultation with Dr. Ditesheim. Typical total costs, which include surgeon’s fees, anesthesiologist fees, and operating room costs, range from $7,000-$12,000, depending on the complexity of the procedure. We offer several convenient options for payment & financing.

Interested in learning more? Contact us!

We’ll be happy to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about rhinoplasty at a personal consultation with Dr. Ditesheim. Call or contact us online the schedule your appointment.