I'm here to talk to you today about rhinoplasty and septoplasty. A rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure and a septoplasty is a functional procedure to make you breathe better. Some patients who experience a chronic inability to breathe well through their nose will come to a surgeon like myself and want to breathe better. But at the same time, they'll want to do something cosmetically. So yes, we can do both. And as a facial plastic surgeon, board certified in facial plastic reconstructive surgery, my goal is to make your nose work as well as to look better. Now, the nose heats the air, the nose humidifies, the air and the nose filters the air, and the mouth doesn't do any of that. So it's important to be able to breathe well, as well as to look better. That procedure we do under general anesthesia. Typically you'll go to sleep for about one hour. There are some mild black and blues if we're doing a cosmetic procedure. If we're just doing the inside and making you breath better, there's no black and blues whatsoever. If we do something cosmetic, you'll have a little cast on your nose that sits over here. The cast is removed typically after a week. Pain level is not bad at all. Typically it's about a level 4 out of 10 without any pain reliever. And once we give you a little bit of pain reliever, which you typically shouldn't use more than a day or two, it goes right down to a 1 or 2.
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