Rhinoplasty (a nose job) is one of the most common aesthetic surgeries performed on teens. Although it’s a big decision, many teenagers put quite a lot of thought into this choice, and are confident that this procedure is right for them. Dr. Mentz’s three-dimensional imaging system provides powerful guidance and patient-doctor communication, and he will take time with you and your family to find the perfect nose for you.
Dr. Mentz’s Surgical Technique for Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is performed using either a closed technique or an open technique. In a closed technique, the incisions are hidden inside the nose, and no scar is left. In an open technique, an incision is made across the columella (the narrow strip of tissue that’s between the nostrils). A scar is left, but it is nearly invisible.
Through the incisions, Dr. Mentz will re-shape the bone and cartilage as needed in order to re-sculpt the nose. He may change the position of the nasal bones to help the nose become narrower or straighter. He may also build up certain areas by using cartilage or bone from the nose or another area of the body. The skin and tissues are then re-draped over the new nasal contour. The incisions are then closed with sutures.
A rhinoplasty can usually be completed in 2 to 3 hours on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.