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Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)


The nose is the most prominent and unique feature of every face.  Its shape, form and balance with other structures of the face is what makes you…YOU!  However, just as important as the cosmetic appearance of the nose is the ability to breath effortlessly.  A nose that functions well often improves snoring, sleep quality, exercise, smell and taste, and overall energy throughout the day.

At Renew Facial Plastic Surgery we take into account both the form and function of YOUR nose and tailor surgery to meet your specific needs. The same nose does not look good on every person and your nose needs to balance with the rest of the features of your face to give you a natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance.  Furthermore, we don’t believe in compromising the function of the nose to change its appearance.

Whether your goal is to improve the appearance of your nose, breath better or both, Dr. Wudel and the team at Renew Facial Plastic Surgery have the knowledge and experience to get you the results you desire.

Frequently Asked Questions:

The best candidate for rhinoplasty is someone with realistic expectations and who desires improvement in their appearance, breathing or both!  Patients’ surgery can be performed under general anesthesia or under sedation, but the patient should be healthy enough to undergo at least 3 hours of anesthesia.
The open approach involves a very small incision on the columella, which is the skin between the two nostrils, while the closed approach places all of the incisions inside the nose. The choice of the approach is tailored to the specific needs of each patient.  While a closed approach may be appropriate for one patient, another may require an open approach to get the optimal result.  The approach and techniques used in your rhinoplasty will be tailored to meet your needs.
Choosing your rhinoplasty surgeon is probably one of the most important decisions you can make.  Dr. Wudel is one of a select few fellowship-trained Facial Plastic Surgeons in the Twin Cities who is uniquely qualified to perform this complex surgery.
The majority of rhinoplasty surgery is performed in an outpatient setting, meaning you get to go home the same day as your surgery. Patients undergoing a rhinoplasty should expect to be off of work for one week.  You should expect to be stuffy for the first week after surgery due to swelling inside the nose and small splints that are placed inside the nose to hold everything straight during the initial healing phase. Bleeding from the nose after surgery is minimal, and Dr. Wudel does not pack the nose except in very rare occasions. The discomfort associated with rhinoplasty is generally very well tolerated and is managed with oral pain medication after surgery.
Whether or not insurance will cover your procedure is dependent on whether the surgery is being done for cosmetic or functional reasons. For those patients who have a traumatic injury, congenital deformity or compromised breathing, insurance will often cover the cost of surgery.  Patients who desire improvement in the appearance of the nose will often have to pay out-of-pocket for the procedure.  However, there are many cases where breathing is compromised and doing surgery to improve the breathing will also improve the appearance of the nose.  In addition, some patients who have a functional problem AND desire a cosmetic change in the appearance of the nose elect to “split” the cost of the procedure.  In these cases the insurance will cover the cost of the anesthesia and parts of the procedure to improve breathing and the patient pays for the cosmetic portions of the case.  This way the patient gets both parts of the procedure done in one surgery.