Rhinoplasty Connecticut and Houston

Dr. Fusi F.A.C.S. M.B.A. has over twenty years of experience as a plastic surgeon and currently serves as a clinical faculty member at Yale Medical School’s Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Craig is a board certified plastic surgeon who, trained at Yale for plastic surgery and completed a microsurgery fellowship at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Both doctors have established their practices on surgical excellence and individualized patient care and treatment. Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig have committed time to learning directly from internationally recognized rhinoplasty expert Dr. Rod Rodrich to achieve optimal cosmetic results.

What is a Rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty can improve the appearance of your nose and functional defects such as a deviated septum. If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose and want to correct your breathing, Dr. Fusi and Dr. Craig can perform a combined rhinoplasty that addresses aesthetic and functional issues simultaneously.

What are the Benefits of a Rhinoplasty?

The centrality of your nose balances other facial features and can either enhance or detract from your overall attractiveness. While aesthetic ideals vary, a nose that is symmetrical and proportional to your face is ideal to facial appearance. A cosmetic rhinoplasty can achieve this balance by:

  • Altering the profile of your nose by eliminating bumps and straightening the bridge.
  • Resizing your nose to balance other facial features.
  • Changing the shape, size, and position of your nostrils.
  • Reshaping the tip of your nose if it droops, hooks, is too large, or upturned.
  • Establishing symmetry by altering any nasal features that appear disproportionate.

If you have a deviated septum, a nasal septum that is crooked or off-center and inhibits breathing, then a septoplasty can correct breathing trouble by:

  • Straightening your septum.
  • Repositioning your septum.
  • Removing parts of your septum.

Both rhinoplasty and septoplasty require extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and the underlying anatomy responsible for structure and function.

What Happens During a Rhinoplasty?

After addressing functional and cosmetic conditions that you want to alter during a consultation, Dr. Fusi or Dr. Craig will schedule your rhinoplasty at a nearby outpatient surgery center in the Connecticut area. On the day of your procedure, a trained anesthesiologist will administer general anesthesia or sedation. Dr. Fusi or Dr. Craig will then:

  • Make an incision to expose the entire structure of the nose either through a closed or open approach.
  • Remove tissue, cartilage, bone and skin to reshape your nose. Some patients may require a cartilage graft to restore shape.
  • Close the incision by draping skin and tissue over the cartilage and bone to rebuild your new nose.

A deviated septum surgery varies in that Dr. Fusi or Dr. Craig will straighten your septum in addition to focusing on improving the cosmesis of your nose, if you so desire.

When Will My Results Be Noticeable?

Following your rhinoplasty, your nose may require packing and a splint for a few days. These reinforce the structure of your nose, protecting the tissue, cartilage, skin, and bone while it heals. After the split and gauze are removed, many patients will continue to experience:

  • Bruising.
  • Swelling.
  • Pain.

These symptoms are normal and will resolve on their own in the first 7-10 days after surgery, however the final results may take two to six months to be apparent due to residual swelling. Dr. Fusi or Dr. Craig will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your nose and reduce discomfort from your symptoms.

Your Final Result

After a few weeks of healing, you will begin to notice a difference in the structure of your nose. If your deviated septum was corrected or you had a combined functional and aesthetic rhinoplasty, then you will also experience an improvement in breathing once all of the swelling has resolved. The final result of your rhinoplasty will gradually emerge in the months following surgery, and the shape of your new nose will be fully formed after one year.

To schedule a rhinoplasty consultation, call our offices in Connecticut at 203-458-4444 or Houston at 713-346-9909.