Dr. Constantine Blog

Plastic surgery is often thought of as being for cosmetic purposes only. However it can also help patients in other ways. For example, rhinoplasty along with septoplastycan be used in order to correct breathing problems which many patients find themselves suffering from.

Dr Constantine is uniquely positioned to help his patients who want to correct their breathing problems. His wife, Dr. Kristin Constantine, is a board certified Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck surgeon who is fellowship trained in rhinology and skull base surgery. One of her specialties is endoscopic sinus surgery. In addition to having structural nasal problems that cause breathing difficulties such as a deviated septum, narrowed nasal passages, or crooked nasal bones, many patients also have concomitant sinus problems as well. All of these problems can be addressed at the same time. When indicated, Dr. Fadi Constantine and his wife Dr. Kristin Constantine work together to provide comprehensive surgical care to fix sinus and nose related breathing problems. They have found that their unique relationship and training provides excellent results both functionally and aesthetically.

Is rhinoplasty safe?

Rhinoplasty is very safe. It is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical center. Dr. Constantine will assess your medical health and decide if you are a good surgical candidate or not. All patients undergo a full medical evaluation before surgery. Any surgery has its inherent risks; the main risks that rhinoplasty patients need to be aware of are postoperative bleeding, swelling, and pain. Dr. Constantine will go over the full range of risks, benefits, and alternatives to surgery during your consultation.

Will I be happy with the results?

It is impossible to know for sure beforehand, but a good surgeon will always discuss your expectations and desires at length prior to performing surgery. Some patients have unrealistic expectations that are not attainable; these patients are not good surgical candidates and should avoid any surgery at all.

How long does it take to recover?

For the first week following surgery, you will be required to wear a nasal splint. There is a splint on the outside of the nose as well as silicone splints placed inside the nostrils. These are removed on postoperative day 6 or 7. There may also be some swelling and bruising around the eyes for the first 7-10 days after surgery.

You should also avoid any strenuous exercise for the first four weeks following your surgery. Your surgeon will provide you will full information regarding aftercare and also let you know when you can return to work, the gym etc.

Most of the swelling will subside within 4-6 weeks after surgery. There will be some subtle swelling in the tip of the nose for up to 6-12 months after surgery. Sometimes the final result of the surgery will not be apparent for 6-12 months after surgery.

If you would like more information about rhinoplasty and breathing problems, please do not hesitate to contact the office for an evaluation.