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Feel Confident About Your Nose
The nose is a central point on your face, and it plays a major role in how you look. Your nose can be one of the first things people notice. What kind of impression do you want to make? One of beauty, strength, and confidence? At FacesFirst in Denver, we want to help you achieve exactly that: walk into a room feeling and looking amazing.
At FacesFirst, we are facial plastic surgery specialists. We are experts in sensitive surgeries, such as rhinoplasty, otherwise known as “nose surgery” or a “nose job.” Trust your face with the most qualified hands available. At FacesFirst, we prioritize creating beautiful and natural-looking results that are harmonious with your facial features for each nose surgery patient seeking rhinoplasty in Denver.
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A Skilled Rhinoplasty Surgeon
Meet Dr. Christopher Cote, who has been a leader in the field of rhinoplasty for years. He has become the “go-to” board-certified plastic surgeon for both finesse rhinoplasty and the most challenging nasal reconstruction cases. For more than ten years, he has been teaching about rhinoplasty procedures and training surgical residents at Johns Hopkins University, the Army’s Walter Reed Medical Center, and the Navy’s Bethesda National Naval Medical Center. This experience allows him to handle the most complex cases with ease and create the most beautiful noses. His modern structural techniques lead to lasting results. He is a true specialist in revision rhinoplasty as well.
Why Choose FacesFirst in Denver?
Your nose is not simply a fixture on your face, but a functioning organ that is part of your respiratory system. It warms, cleanses, and humidifies the air you breathe. Therefore, the surgeon who can change the shape of your nose should also understand the function of your nose. For example, if you desire to make your nose smaller and more fitting to your face, you want to be sure that your breathing passages remain open. The double-board certified surgeons at FacesFirst in Denver and Lone Tree, Colorado are experienced in complex nasal airway reconstruction rhinoplasty surgery as well as detailed aesthetic plastic surgery.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, also referred to as “nose reshaping,” “nose job surgery,” or simply “nose surgery,” is a facial plastic surgery procedure that allows us to change the form or function of your nose. The nose is a central point on the face that plays a major role in how you look. It is also a sensory organ that does more than just help you breathe. A rhinoplasty procedure is designed to improve the aesthetic shape of the nose and can also improve its function.
Rhinoplasty can address many issues, including:
- The shape, angle, and size of the nose
- Structural issues that restrict breathing
- Birth defects
Often, patients will choose rhinoplasty to change the projection of their nose, reduce the size or change the shape of their nostrils, remove a dorsal hump or bump on the bridge of the nose, or change the shape or size of their nasal tip. The overall goal of a rhinoplasty is to create a balance between the nose and your other facial features. This allows for the most natural-looking result possible. At the same time, nose surgery can improve your breathing through a functional rhinoplasty approach.
Aesthetics and Function
The shape of your nose affects the function of your nose. It is possible to achieve a well-proportioned nose that works efficiently. For example, some people have a crooked nose as a result of injury and would like it straightened so they can breathe better and look more natural. With the application of the latest techniques in plastic surgery, the doctors at FacesFirst can help you achieve the look you want, and our attention to the function of your nose allows you to achieve clear nasal breathing as well as facial harmony.
Reasons to Choose Rhinoplasty
Patients choose rhinoplasty for a number of reasons. At FacesFirst, our patients commonly choose rhinoplasty due to:
- Twisted or crooked shape
- A bump on the bridge of the nose
- A wide or droopy nasal tip
- Pinched or narrow shape
- Deviated septum
- Nasal blockage or sinus trouble
Often, patients with breathing issues due to a deviated septum or similar problem are referred to us by their ENT specialist. You may experience chronic congestion that is not improved with allergy treatments or decongestants, leading your doctor to suggest septoplasty, turbinoplasty, or nasal valve repair instead.
Several techniques may be used to complete your nose surgery depending on your needs.
Dr. Cote may choose an open rhinoplasty, which is completed through a small incision on the columella, which is the septum that separates the two nostrils. This technique allows plastic surgeons to more easily view the structures within the nose. Open rhinoplasty may be chosen for you if you have more concerns regarding breathing and function, or to complete a revision rhinoplasty, a second procedure performed if you are unhappy with the results of your first nose surgery. It can also be used to reshape the bridge, change the angle of the nose, or change the shape and size of the nasal tip. The downside of an open rhinoplasty is that the incision leaves a small scar on the columella, however, this is generally not noticeable.
A closed rhinoplasty, on the other hand, is completed from within the nostrils. This is the preferred technique for patients who wish to have minor changes made to the shape of their nasal bridge, nostrils, or nasal tip. This technique generally results in less swelling than open rhinoplasty.
A septoplasty may also be utilized, especially if the patient suffers breathing problems as a result of a damaged or deviated septum. A septoplasty is a surgery to revise the septum, which separates the nostrils, and is often incorporated into a general rhinoplasty surgery.
What to Expect
Since every person’s nose is different, we tailor each procedure to your exact needs. Some patients desire subtle refinements that may make a big difference, while others have complex issues or need revision surgery. Your surgeon will explain to you what to expect based on these options. Nasal surgery in Denver is generally an outpatient surgery, taking a few hours. Patients usually require general anesthesia to complete the nose job procedure, so you should arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery.
You will recover at home with rest, may feel better in less than a week, and can return to work in 7-10 days. The nose may still have some swelling at that point, but most swelling is resolved after a month. There will be some subtle changes to the nose over a year as residual swelling continues to dissipate, and Dr. Cote will follow up with you during this time to make sure you love your results.
Your Advanced Consultation
At FacesFirst, we utilize modern technology to give you an advanced consultation process and a complete understanding of the procedure. Dr. Cote uses the Vectra 3D Imaging program so patients can see potential outcomes of their rhinoplasty. The system creates a 3D model based on photographs of the patient’s face, which Dr. Cote can then manipulate to gain a better understanding of the patient’s aesthetic goals.
A good candidate for rhinoplasty in Denver may feel unsatisfied with the appearance of their nose, suffer from breathing problems, or have poor results from a previous rhinoplasty procedure. As with any type of plastic surgery, you should be generally healthy overall before you move forward with nose surgeries.
As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Cote will evaluate your health and your concerns regarding your nose during a rhinoplasty consultation in our Denver office to determine whether you are a good candidate. During your consultation, Dr. Cote will also explain a treatment plan for your nose reshaping and which techniques he will use to complete your Denver rhinoplasty.
To schedule your consultation and see what your Denver rhinoplasty results could look like, call FacesFirst Cosmetic Surgery at (720) 414-3332 or request an appointment online.