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The nose is the most prominent feature of the face and, as such, even small deformities or abnormalities can lead to distracting disharmony and facial imbalance. Interestingly, despite its prominent position, the nose is not a feature of the face that is associated with beauty. As humans, we typically recognize the eyes and lips as the source of facial beauty and a nose that is in disharmony with the rest of the face causes the nose to overshadow the eyes and lips. A natural looking nose that blends into the background of the face allows the features of the face that are associated with beauty, e.g., the eyes and lips, to be more noticeable and attractive.

I'm so glad that I put my trust in Dr. Ward. His skill and sense of aesthetic are impeccable and the surgery has changed my life for the better! In addition, his staff is also incredible and hand-picked. They helped ease my nervousness and told me what to expect pre and post-op.

What to Expect

The consultation is the chance for you and your surgeon, Dr. Ward, to meet and get to know each other. This relationship is important for several reasons. You should feel comfortable with your surgeon to ensure that you are on the same page before surgery and that you will feel comfortable voicing any concerns or questions before and after the surgery.

Dr. Ward will evaluate your nose and talk to you about your desired results. He will give you honest and realistic expectations and inform you of any potential risks involved. These risks can vary based on each individual person so it is important to be honest and up front during your consultation. Common risks associated with rhinoplasty or any nasal surgery include bleeding, infection, swelling, scarring, septal perforation (hole in the septum of the nose), poor cosmetic result, saddle nose deformity, difficulty breathing, bruising, temporary tooth numbness, amongst others. Our aim is to decrease the probability of each of these complications from happening and will do whatever we can to prevent them from happening.

At the Consultation you will have photographs of your nose taken, which can be used for computer imaging; this can be extremely useful when you want to see how you’ll look with a different nose before going through the surgery.

Follow up after rhinoplasty is important and you will be seeing Dr. Ward frequently following the procedure. This is to help ensure that you are healing properly and that you are happy with your results. We are committed to making sure you heal properly and that you are happy with the result. If you are not happy, we WANT TO KNOW! It can take 18 months before you are fully healed and we will monitor you carefully during this period to ensure proper healing.

Rhinoplasty is a procedure that usually lasts 90 minutes to 3-4 hours. It is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that you are not admitted to the hospital after the procedure. The incisions vary depending on what needs to be done, but usually involves a small incision on the columella of the nose (the soft tissue between the nostrils) as well as small incisions inside the nose. These incisions are closed with a dissolving suture and the incisions heal remarkably well with little to no scar. At the conclusion of the procedure, a splint is usually placed over the nose and splints are usually also placed in the nose to help provide support as the nose heals. The splints are usually removed 6-10 days after the procedure.

The recovery usually lasts about one week. However, there are some patients who may require a longer period of recovery. There is usually bruising that may show up as black eyes or bruising on the cheeks. This usually resolves by about one week, but may last longer. All patients have swelling and although the majority of swelling goes away by about three months, the swelling can take 12-18 months to resolve.

Rhinoplasty Before and after salt lake cityThis patient didn’t like the bulbous nature of her nasal tip and the hump on the nasal dorsum (the bridge of the nose). She underwent rhinoplasty with lateral crural repositioning. The lateral crura are the lateral extensions of the cartilages that form the nasal tip. In this patient’s case, her cartilages were angled too much in the vertical dimension (toward the inner corner of the eyes) and not enough in the horizontal dimension (they should point toward the outer corner of the eyes). By removing the dorsal hump and repositioning the lateral crura to a more appropriate position, her nose gained a more refined appearance.





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Dr. Ward is proud offer rhinoplasty at his Cottonwood Heights practice which also serves Sandy, Holladay, Salt Lake City, Draper, and the surrounding areas.