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Nasal Reconstructive Surgery

A Nasal Reconstruction Surgery Leader

Whether you need nasal reconstruction due to injury or illness, or have a defect that has been present since birth, the expert nasal reconstructive surgeons at Carondelet can help. Performed at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, the reconstructive nasal surgeries offered at Carondelet are internationally recognized for quality and expertise. We perform more than 160 nasal reconstructive surgeries at our hospital each year, with patients traveling from as far as Russia, the Middle East and South America to have their noses rebuilt by our surgeons.

What We Do

Led by world-renowned expert on nasal and facial reconstructive surgery Frederick J. Menick, MD, the Chief of Plastic Surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital, our team provides an array of cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures to improve the form and function of your nose. The hospital offers a respected center of expertise for rebuilding the nose for any number of reasons, including:

  • Birth defects
  • Cancer excisions
  • Trauma
  • Infection
  • Human and animal bites
  • Poor results from previous rhinoplasty

The appearance of an imperfectly shaped but normal nose can be improved. An altogether missing nose can be rebuilt after disease or injury. Recovery following nasal surgery is rapid and many procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis. More importantly, the aesthetic and functional results can be excellent with minimal facial scarring.

Nasal Reconstruction Surgery Options

Our nasal reconstructive surgery services include:

  • Nasal and facial reconstruction

    Reconstructive surgery is surgery performed to restore a missing or deformed body part to normal appearance and function. Skin, cartilage or bone and/or lining may be missing from any area of the face or nose. Depending on the problem, repair may require:

    • Simple wound closure
    • Skin grafts from the forehead, ear or cheek
    • Flaps from within the nose, cheek or forehead
    • For major defects, the replacement of external skin, cartilage support and inner nasal lining
  • Nasal Septal Reconstruction or Septoplasty
    Septoplasty is a surgical procedure involving functional reconstruction of the nasal airway due to a deviated septum or trauma. The purpose of this surgery is to provide better airflow for patients who are suffering from nasal airway obstruction.
  • Rhinoplasty
    Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure for making the nose look better and/or for improving nasal functioning associated with breathing problems. Patients commonly undergo rhinoplasty to alter the size, shape or angle of the nose.

    • Primary rhinoplasty is a procedure performed on the nose for the first time
    • Revision rhinoplasty is a procedure performed to touch up or improve a past nasal operation
    • Cleft lip rhinoplasty repairs the nasal deformity that may be associated with a cleft lip or palate
  • Septorhinoplasty
    Septorhinoplasty is a procedure that combines rhinoplasty with major repair of the nasal septum.
  • Linear repair
  • Linear or side-to-side repair is appropriate for some small wounds on the nose, particularly on the lateral nasal sidewalls or the central nasal dorsum. Many areas of the nose are not suitable for this surgical procedure, however, because of the unavailability of mobile tissue.

What to Expect

Dedicated to Your Care

At Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, we’re dedicated to providing excellence and expertise in nasal reconstructive surgery. Our hospital is located on Tucson’s growing east side and provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services to fulfill all aspects of care you will need before, during and after your surgery.

A Higher Standard

Choosing where to have your nasal reconstructive surgery performed is an important decision that can affect your entire life. Here’s some more information about Carondelet and what you can expect from us:

  • Internationally recognized medical expertise in nasal reconstruction
  • Exceptional facilities, including St. Joseph’s Hospital state-of-the-art operating suites
  • Exceptional care from well-trained doctors, nurses and support staff
  • Careful and thorough pre-operative evaluation that includes full physical and nasal examinations with all necessary lab work
  • Clear communication of information about all stages of surgical preparation and postoperative care
  • Outpatient and inpatient surgical care, as required
  • Utmost privacy, discretion and sensitivity (patients undergoing nasal reconstruction are kept separately from other surgical patients before surgery and are taken to a private room following surgery)

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