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  • Q. Do I have to go to the hospital for my nose job?

    A. For cosmetic nose procedures (rhinoplasty), can be performed in our private, accredited surgical suite. However, if you have additional procedures with your rhinoplasty (such as a septoplasty), the procedures are generally performed in the office.

  • Q. I've noticed that my nose seems longer the older I get. Could this be true? Is there anything I can do?

    A. As we age, the nose elongates -- along with the ears and earlobes. Rhinoplasty ("nose job") can certainly improve this. In these types of rhinoplasty procedures, the surgeon reshapes the cartilage of the nose through tiny incisions inside the rim of the nose and carefully trims excess, and sometimes rotates a drooping nasal tip upward. It's important to note that the nose is the central feature of the face, and a millimeter can drastically alter one's appearance. Be sure to seek a surgeon who understands how to maintain the harmony of your facial features, gender and ethnicity.

  • Q. What are the risks of getting a nose job?

    A. With any surgical procedure are risks. Rhinoplasty ("nose job") is no different. However, they are infrequent and minimal. Further, the way each person heals can vary. That said, these infrequent risks include infection, prolonged swelling, nostril changes, cysts and increased capillaries, bleeding or allergic reactions can occur. During your initial consultation and pre-operative consultation, the surgeon and/or surgical staff should address these.

  • Q. What is a septoplasty and what does "septo-turbs" mean?

    A. A septoplasty is designed to improve your nasal airway function due to an internal structural deformity. A septoplasty straightens the internal septum, the midline cartilage and the bony partition that divides your nasal passages into right and left. A deviated septum can lead to restricted breathing and sinus conditions. In addition, abnormally enlarged bony and mucosal projections from the lateral walls of the nasal cavity, called turbinates, can contribute to a compromised nasal airway. When resistant to standard medical nasal sprays, the turbinates may need to be addressed during a septoplasty.This is called a septoturbinoplasty or, more commonly, "septo-turbs."

  • Q. I have some bad breathing problems and have been told I should get a septoplasty. Is this what I need?

    A. The only way to know for sure is to see a qualified Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor or Head and Neck Surgeon. (Head and Neck Surgeons are ENTs with additional training.) Without seeing you in person, there is no way to know. It could mean that you require a septoplasty, however, severe breathing problems may require more testing. A common breathing problem called sleep apnea occurs when you unknowingly stop breathing during your sleep. This may require a sleep study. Again, only a qualified specialist should determine the proper route of treatment.

  • Q. What is sclerotherapy?

    A. Sclerotherapy is a simple injectable procedure to treat mild varicose veins and superficial telangiectasias (“spider veins” and/or "broken capillaries"). The injectable solution is called a sclerosing agent, and it is injected into the veins. The injections the formation of fibrous tissue inside the offending vessel, resulting in gradual fading of the treated vessels over a period of several months. Another option for treating superficial veins is intense pulsed light.

  • Q. Does sclerotherapy work for every kind of vein?

    A. The majority of individuals who have sclerotherapy performed will be cleared of vascular irregularities or see good improvement. However, there is no guarantee that sclerotherapy will be 100% effective in every case. Approximately 10% of patients who undergo sclerotherapy have fair to poor results (“poor results” means that the veins have not totally disappeared after six treatments). Related procedure: Intense pulsed light treatments also treat superficial vascular problems.

  • Q. How many sclerotherapy vein treatments will I need?

    A. The number of treatments necessary to clear or improve veins differs from patient to patient, depending upon the extent of varicosities and spider veins present. The average number of treatments is three to four, however some vessels may require six or more injections. Intense pulsed may be a treatment option also.

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