Do you live in Tampa and are contemplating having Rhinoplasty (nose job) surgery? Looking for the right Dr to do the procedure? I believe Dr. Farrior is the plastic surgeon for you! He is a sixth-generation physician and facial plastic surgeon who has lived and worked in Tampa, FL for most of his life. He has been in practice since 1987 and has operated out of his own surgical center, Farrior Facial Plastic Surgery, since 1995.
Due to the complex anatomy of the face, head and neck and its visibility to all, Dr. Farrior has chosen to focus exclusively on facial plastic surgery, including cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.
The difference between a cosmetic and medical nose job is if you have full functionality of your nose without the procedure. If you do, then it’s a cosmetic rhinoplasty. If you don’t, it’s medical and considered necessary.
For some individuals, getting a nose job is purely for cosmetic reasons. For others, however, they’re not necessarily trying to improve their looks, but rather desiring to correct a medical condition or injury. Most rhinoplasty procedures for both medical and cosmetic are similar.
Cosmetic rhinoplasty can help change the size, shape and overall appearance of your nose. Sometimes, the surgeon might suggest they insert a chin implant at the same time to help balance out your facial features better. Often, when people have a rhinoplasty, they ask their surgeons to:
- Narrow or widen their nostrils
- Narrow their nose bridge
- Reshape their nose tip
- Straighten their crooked nose
- Alter the angle between their upper lip and nose
Medical Reasons for a Nose Job
People undergo a rhinoplasty procedure for medical reasons. These include:
Chronic Sinus Problems
Many individuals suffer from chronic sinus problems, including sinus congestion and nasal allergies. Sometimes, a deviated nasal septum (discussed below) causes these problems. In these cases, rhinoplasty can alleviate the problem or eliminate it.
Cleft Palate or Cleft Lip
Other medical conditions that necessitate rhinoplasty are:
Nasal inflammation caused by chronic allergies
Brain tumors can even warrant a rhinoplasty procedure, whether it the surgeon needs to remove it because its malignant or its benign but it’s causing issues to other bodily organs and systems.
You may be eager to see the results of your rhinoplasty procedure right away, but the recovery takes time. During this time, there are steps you can take to speed things up and ensure that everything heals properly.
Rhinoplasty Recovery Timeline
The average rhinoplasty recovery time is one year. That may sound like a long time, but it becomes much more manageable when it’s broken down into a timeline. The following recovery milestones may vary from patient to patient, but generally, it goes something like this:
1 Week: The splint can be removed from your nose and you can go out in public without showing noticeable signs of surgery unless there is bruising around the eyes. This may take 2 weeks to resolve. It is safe to resume activities of daily living.
2 Weeks: The majority of the facial swelling has subsided and most of the bruising should have resolved.
3-4 Weeks: You can safely return to cardiovascular activities such as jogging, swimming and cycling.
6 Weeks: The bones are stable, you can resume resistance workouts (weight lifting), wearing glasses and blowing your nose.
3-6 months: The numbness and abnormal sensations in your nose and nasal skin should be resolved.
1 Year: The healing process is complete – swelling should have subsided entirely and the nose’s new shape is fully refined.
Education & Board Certifications
Dr. Farrior attended medical school at the University of Virginia and completed his residency at the University of Michigan. His advanced training in facial plastic surgery was obtained through a fellowship sponsored by the American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery with his father, Dr. Richard Farrior. Dual Board Certification through the American Board of Facial and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology confirms advanced knowledge and training in facial plastic surgery.
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