Rhinoplasty

John David Mullins, MD, FACS -  - Plastic Surgeon

John David Mullins, MD, FACS

Plastic Surgeon & Aesthetic Surgeon located in Atlanta, GA

The size and shape of your nose have a significant impact on your facial appearance. If you’re unhappy about the way your nose looks, a nose job, or rhinoplasty, can change the way you look and feel about yourself. John David Mullins, MD PC, has the skills, expertise, and artistry to adjust the appearance of your nose and bring balance and harmony to your features. To learn more about rhinoplasty, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mullins at his Atlanta, Georgia, office on the campus of Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. Call the office or request an appointment online today.

Rhinoplasty Q & A

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure designed to change the shape or size of your nose to address cosmetic or functional issues. Also called a nose job, rhinoplasty offers cosmetic correction of features and functional problems caused by injuries or genetics. 

Why is rhinoplasty performed?

Rhinoplasty can soften your nose’s appearance and address a deviated septum or other irregularities that cause breathing problems. 

Some of the nose features that can be adjusted with rhinoplasty surgery include:

  • Length of the nose 
  • Tip of the nose
  • Bridge of the nose
  • Nostril shape and placement 

Dr. Mullins has the knowledge and artistic skills to create an individualized look for each patient. He performs rhinoplasty surgery that offers natural-looking results that harmonize with your facial features for a well-proportioned appearance.

How is rhinoplasty surgery performed?

Dr. Mullins performs rhinoplasty surgery in a surgical setting under general anesthesia. He makes small incisions within your nostrils and then uses slender instruments to remove cartilage, tissue, or bone and reposition internal structures. In some cases, Dr. Mullins takes a small amount of cartilage from another part of your body to graft onto nose cartilage.

When Dr. Mullins completes internal adjustments, he repositions and tightens the skin around your nose, then closes the incisions with dissolving sutures. You spend some time in recovery after your procedure, but you can usually go home that day. Because of the anesthesia, you’ll need to have someone drive you home from the hospital.

How long does recovery from rhinoplasty take?

When you leave the hospital, your nose is packed with surgical gauze, splinted, and bandaged. These remain in place for one week. After they’re removed, you can resume work and most activities. You can expect some bleeding, drainage, and discomfort after your surgery. 

Dr. Mullins provides you with detailed instructions for at-home care and prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics. Be sure to follow all instructions carefully to ensure proper healing.

It can take several months for swelling to subside as healing continues. The results of your rhinoplasty appear gradually during this time. When healing is complete, your nose looks naturally more proportional and shapely.

If you feel that rhinoplasty may be right for you, schedule a consultation with John David Mullins, MD PC. Call the office or request an appointment online today.