Marina del Rey
Dr. David Stoker
4640 Admiralty Way #1000
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Every person's nose is unique, and the best way to understand what nose surgery can do for you is to request a consultation with Dr. David Stoker in Los Angeles. Rhinoplasty patients ask some questions commonly, however, so Dr. Stoker has provided some information on the basics.
Rhinoplasty is surgery to change the appearance of the nose and sometimes improve breathing.
Rhinoplasty surgeons in Los Angeles change the underlying cartilage and bone structures and sometimes the surface skin to improve the appearance of the nose.
Breathing can be improved when Los Angeles rhinoplasty surgeons open the airways where they're pinched due to narrow internal valves, obstructed by a deviated septum or constrained due to enlargement of internal structures such as the turbinates.
The impact of rhinoplasty surgery on allergies is minimal although it may help breathing when passages are opened. It's best to get treated for allergies and make necessary lifestyle modifications before surgery.
Septoplasty modifies the midline cartilage that separates the two nasal airways. The septum is frequently deviated in patients who experience impeded airflow. A septoplasty will usually improve nasal breathing and may help with appearance as well.
Insurance may cover all or part of nose surgery if there is substantial deformation resulting from trauma. Insurance frequently covers functional nasal surgery to open the nasal airways.
Complications can include infection, bleeding and difficulty breathing. These are rare in my experience.
Patients normally have the splint removed in 4 or 5 days. Most feel they look better already; improvement continues over the course of the next year as swelling completely resolves.
Some patients experience a mild headache, and some report temporary numbness. Most people find they do not need much prescription pain medication during recovery.
It's not usually necessary to pack the nose for my rhinoplasty patients. The only time packing is needed is when surgery involves extensive modification of the airways to improve breathing.
All rhinoplasty specialists need to perform revisions from time to time. My revision rate is particularly low at approximately 1% of rhinoplasty operations.
Yes, nose surgery is one of my areas of specialization, including revision rhinoplasty. Because I perform surgery on so many noses I also enjoy handling difficult cases and revising the work of other surgeons.
Light general anesthesia is appropriate for most patients. Local or intravenous sedation may be reasonable if only slight modification will be performed.
Nose surgery takes 2 to 3 hours depending on the complexity of the case.