Rhinoplasty is a specialized surgical procedure designed for patients who are unhappy with the size, shape and/or function of their nose. In these cases, Dr. Ridgway will make subtle changes to your nose that dramatically improve your facial appearance, giving you the balanced, natural and beautiful look you desire with some of the best rhinoplasty Seattle and Bellevue areas have available.
An Overview of the rhinoplasty procedure
To begin your Bellevue nose job, Dr. Ridgway will administer either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia to ensure your comfort and safety. During your initial consultation, he will discuss each of these options with you and help you determine which one is in your best interest.
For your actual procedure, Dr. Ridgway will make an incision inside the nostrils to conceal future scarring. He will then expertly reshape the underlying bone and cartilage to create the perfect nose for your face. Once your cosmetic issues have been addressed, he will also correct structural issues that are contributing to difficulty breathing, such as a deviated septum. Once he has sculpted your ideal nose, Dr. Ridgway will redrape the nasal skin and tissue before expertly closing the incisions.
Are you an ideal candidate for rhinoplasty?
Dr. Ridgway determines candidacy for all of his patients on an individual basis, after carefully evaluating the cosmetic and functional issues that concern them most. With that said, rhinoplasty is generally a safe surgery for any healthy adult patient who wishes to improve the appearance and/or function of their nose. Younger patients can be considered for this procedure, but only if their teenage growth period is complete, which typically occurs at around age fifteen or sixteen.
Though these guidelines should give you an idea of who can benefit from rhinoplasty, the only way to know for sure if you are an ideal candidate is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ridgway today so he can walk you through the entire procedure and determine if it is in your best interest.Browse the Rhinoplasty FAQ »
What to expect during recovery
Immediately after your Bellevue rhinoplasty procedure, Dr. Ridgway will place a splint and bandages to support your nose as it heals. Before you are sent home to begin the recovery process, you will be given detailed instructions regarding post-operative care and medications. A surgeon who is deeply committed to his patients, Dr. Ridgway will also call you at home the evening after your surgery to check in on your progress and ensure you are feeling okay.
During the initial phase of your recovery, you can expect to experience some bruising and swelling, though it will fade on its own within two weeks. To promote healing and minimize any discomfort, it’s important to keep your head elevated and relatively still during this time. Though the length of your recovery will vary depending on your unique circumstances, most patients are able to return to work within ten days.What to Expect During Rhinoplasty Recovery »
What can rhinoplasty accomplish?
There are countless reasons why an individual may be interested in undergoing rhinoplasty. When the procedure is performed by a leading facial plastic specialist, such as Seattle rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. James Ridgway, it can successfully address a wide range of potential issues, including:
- A nose that is too large or too small.
- A large bump or hump on the bridge of the nose.
- A crooked nose.
- A drooping nasal tip.
- A bulbous tip.
- A nose that is too wide or too narrow.
- Nostrils that are too wide or too narrow.
- Injury and distortion of the nose.
- Birth defects, such as a cleft lip rhinoplasty.
- A deviated septum.
- Obstruction of the nasal airways.
One of the biggest concerns of patients of ethnic origin is that they will end up with a nose that does not fit the rest of their unique facial features. At Newvue Plastic Surgery, Dr. Ridgway is well aware of this legitimate concern since many patients in the area have descended from the diverse people who settled Bellevue and the Pacific Northwest.
The goal of any rhinoplasty procedure is to bring all facial features into harmony and balance preserving the qualities that define the patient. In ethnic rhinoplasty this not only demands exceptional surgical skill but also requires the surgeon to have a keen sense of the unique differences between different ethnic groups. Dr. Ridgeway strives to subtly refine the features of the nose so that the nose is not the first thing people notice.
Ethnic rhinoplasty consultation
At Dr. Ridgway’s Bellevue clinic, ethnic patients are consulted on the basis of what they are trying to achieve overall and how a nose job will affect their ethnic identity. Dr. Ridgeway encourages his ethnic patients to ask many questions so he can enlighten them on what his ethnic nose job can do for their appearance, as well the function of their nose.
Ethnic noses have differences in internal structure, skin thickness and texture, as well as the more obvious differences in size and shape. Achieving refinement and softening is much different between an Asian nose which is rounder and wider and a Middle Eastern nose which is generally larger with a downward facing tip. Hispanics and African Americans present different challenges when planning ethnic rhinoplasty surgery.
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Restoring function as part of a nose job
Internal structures must be carefully handled in any nose job surgery. In the case of ethnic patients, Dr. Ridgway is well aware of their unique differences both inside and on the surface. Some ethnicities have very delicate structures while others may need substantial reduction, all while maintaining the function and integrity of a three dimensional structure.
Bellevue residents considering this procedure are thoroughly screened for airflow problems as part of Dr. Ridgway’s initial examinations. He often finds that many patients are unaware of structural problems as they have learned to compensate for restricted airflow over time. These patients are doubly delighted with their results when they find their ability to play sports or exercise or enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep are one of the many benefits from their rhinoplasty surgery.
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Revision rhinoplasty by a board-certified specialist
As a board certified reconstructive and facial plastic surgeon in Seattle, Dr. Ridgway has thousands of facial procedures to his credit, including difficult revision rhinoplasty surgery. He provides the residents of Bellevue with world class surgical skill honed, to perfection since his entire focus is on surgery of the head and neck.
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Schedule a consultation
If you are unhappy with the appearance and/or function of your nose, and you are ready to do something about it, we encourage you to schedule a consultation for a Bellevue rhinoplasty with Dr. James M. Ridgway today. During your private meeting, he will carefully evaluate the imperfections that concern you most, before composing a custom treatment plan designed to create the balanced, beautiful and natural-looking nose you desire.Schedule a consultation
Length of Surgery: 2-3 hours (generally outpatient)
Normal recovery: Return to work in about a week,
Resume light exercise after 3 weeks,
Swelling resolves completely after 6-8 weeks
Possible side effects: Some swelling, bruising, pain and/or discomfort