For individuals who have been unhappy with their nose, rhinoplasty is a definitive, long-term solution. Beauty is subjective and rhinoplasty is, in some ways, an art form. Rhinoplasty is a remarkable procedure; it requires the complete mastering of technical and surgical techniques, as well as an artistic eye that is wise to principles of balance, harmony, and proportion. With that in mind, Dr. Neena Will, has earned the right to be called one of the premier rhinoplasty surgeon in Naperville.
Are You a Candidate for Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Candidates for rhinoplasty usually experience one of the following:
- Large nose that is out of proportion with the rest of the face
- Hump on the bridge of the nose
- Wide base
- Droopy nasal tip
- Uneven nostrils
- Crookedness or asymmetry of the nose
- Deviated septum
- Breathing problems due to another structural deformity
Suitable rhinoplasty candidates should be in good health and have reasonable expectations of the surgery.
Your Rhinoplasty Consultation
To get the perfect results, you and Dr. Will will have a detailed discussion about the rhinoplasty procedure during your consultation. This is your chance to discuss your treatment goals with the surgeon, as well as have any questions or concerns addressed. Your consultation will involve a thorough examination of the nose, and your surgeon will determine if you have any functional impairments that might be causing nasal obstruction. Dr. Will will also take photos of your nose and use a simulator software to help visualize your potential rhinoplasty results. Before your surgery, Dr. Will will recommend a treatment plan designed to maximize your aesthetic results and functional outcomes.
Rhinoplasty is offered as an outpatient procedure, meaning patients can go home the very same day. Dr. Will takes one of two approaches to rhinoplasty: open or closed. These approaches differ in the placement of the surgical incisions. When performing an open rhinoplasty, an incision is made across the thin strip of skin separating the nostrils. The skin is then lifted and separated from the underlying tissue to gain greater access to the nasal cartilage and structures. Because of the placement of the incision, rhinoplasty using the open approach can leave a very faint scar, but it allows greater access to the underlying nasal cartilage and structures. The surgical incisions for a closed rhinoplasty are made within the nostrils, so any scarring is undetectable.
After making the surgical incisions, Dr. Will adjusts the nasal bridge, tip, nostrils, or other features of the nose according to the pre-determined treatment plan and goals. These steps are performed to improve the nose’s appearance and/or breathing function. Dr. Will specializes in cosmetic rhinoplasty as well as deviated septum surgery and/or nasal valve collapse repair which is usually performed under insurance if benefits allow.
When she is finished making the surgical modifications, Dr. Will closes the incisions with sutures and bandages the nose. After you wake up from surgery, you will rest in the recovery suite for about an hour before being released into the care of a companion. Your companion should drive you home, help you get comfortably situated in bed or on the couch and stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. The splint is removed within 7-10 days after which most patients can resume most normal activities.
Ethnic rhinoplasty is a complex procedure that requires a trained, talented surgeon who is well-versed in the nuances of each ethnicity’s nasal characteristics.
Every patient has unique goals. Dr. Will considers every patient on an individual basis, their skin characteristics, bone structure, amount of cartilage, and creates a treatment plan that balances the patient’s desires with their ethnic heritage.
Dr. Will performs a diverse array of ethnic rhinoplasty:
Common characteristics include thick nasal skin, a low nasal bridge, wide nostrils and a bulbous-looking nasal tip.
Sample treatment plan: augment the nasal bridge to increase height, narrow the nasal bones, refine the tip, reduce flared nostrils.
Common characteristics include a wide/rounded nasal tip, low/flat nasal profile and weak or deficient cartilage.
Sample treatment plan: support and augment the bridge of the nose, enhance the projection of the nasal tip.
Middle Eastern rhinoplasty:
Common characteristics include crookedness, droopy/bulbous nasal tip and a large hump on the nasal bridge.
Sample treatment plan: define and sculpt the tip of the nose, correct flared nostrils, bring the nose into better proportion with the rest of the facial features.
Common characteristics include a broad/bulbous nasal tip and thick nasal skin.
Sample treatment plan: reshape and size the nose to enhance other facial features, refine the tip of the nose.
Our patients tend to have many questions about rhinoplasty, as well as the rest of the facial plastic surgery procedures we offer. For those who are curious about the procedure, the recovery, and the outcome, we are more than happy to answer any and all questions our patients have!
Some of the most frequently asked rhinoplasty questions we receive include the following:
You will be able to see your results as soon as the post-operative swelling subsides. You will be able to appreciate some improvements to the nose in six to eight weeks and other aspects may take months.
Every rhinoplasty patient has different needs, so it’s difficult to quote a price without a personal consultation. After Dr. Will has met with you, examined your nose, and discussed your goals with you in greater detail, our team will provide a quote for all projected expenses.
Dr. Will also has a software program to simulate your rhinoplasty results which help determine the extent of your operation.
Whether or not you will have a scar depends on the specific approach Dr. Will takes during surgery. If she performs a closed rhinoplasty procedure (i.e., makes the surgical incisions inside the nostrils), there will not be any visible scarring. If she performs an open rhinoplasty (i.e., makes the surgical incisions across the strip of the skin separating the nostrils), this may leave a scar. However, the scar will fade, and over time become barely detectable.
Rhinoplasty patients who are unhappy with the results of their surgery can choose to undergo revision rhinoplasty. This happens in cases where the outcome is not what the patient expected/desired, the nose needs further refining, the original surgeon was inexperienced or used shoddy technique, or a nasal obstruction developed after the first procedure.
Revision rhinoplasty is a delicate and complex procedure. Because of this, only the most experienced and talented facial plastic surgeons like Dr. Will offer the procedure. If you are interested in pursuing revision rhinoplasty, Dr. Will will consult with you to achieve a clearer idea of your treatment goals and expectations. She will ask you to identify what you don’t like about the results of your primary surgery. Then, she will formulate a treatment plan based on this information.
Just like primary rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty can be performed using either the open or closed approach. Dr. Will will take the approach she feels is best suited to your case. The recovery is similar to that of primary rhinoplasty, in that you need to rest as much as possible, keep your head elevated and your bandages and dressings in place as you recover. Your surgeon will follow up with you throughout your recovery to and assist you with removing bandages, advising when you can return to work and exercise, and answer any of your questions.
Dr. Will has extensive experience working with male patients who are unhappy with the size or shape of their nose (or suffer a structural deformity that impedes normal breathing). Most men have similar rhinoplasty goals as women, including:
- Bringing an oversized nose into better proportion with the face
- Correcting a crooked nose
- Refining a droopy, bulbous or upturned tip
- Treating asymmetrical nostrils
- Fixing a deviated septum
During each consultation, Dr. Will inquires about each male rhinoplasty candidate’s specific treatment goals, and asks him to describe his ideal outcome. She will use this information to craft a customized treatment plan.
If you would like to learn more about rhinoplasty surgery with Dr. Will, please contact her plastic surgery practice in Plainfield at (815) 267-8830. During your consultation, Dr. Will can discuss all of your facial plastic surgery options, including face lift, brow lift and eyelid surgery.