Through rhinoplasty, Dr. Sauerhammer subtly revises a patient’s nose so that it matches their aesthetic ideal. She can also perform the surgery to resolve trauma and congenital conditions such as a facial cleft. The goal of her procedures is to give patients both an attractive appearance and proper structure.
Patients choose Dr. Sauerhammer in part because of her advanced and extensive experience. She is the only fellowship-trained craniofacial plastic surgeon in the Appleton and Green Bay area. Before beginning private practice, she served as a craniofacial and pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgeon with Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. By leveraging this background, her rhinoplasty procedures support both attractive aesthetics and full function.
Benefits of Rhinoplasty
Dr. Sauerhammer can revise nearly every aspect of the nose through surgery. Some of the common benefits of a rhinoplasty include:
- Changing or removing a dorsal hump to improve the aesthetics of the nose.
- Altering the shape or size of the nose’s tip.
- Reducing the width of the nose.
- Fixing asymmetry or misalignment.
Dr. Sauerhammer also conducts rhinoplasty procedures to help Appleton and Green Bay patients with trauma and congenital defects. If you have had a past injury or a condition from birth, surgery can improve the appearance of your nose and the way it functions.
Is Rhinoplasty Right for You?
You may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty surgery if you want to:
- Change cosmetic features of your nose.
- Repair trauma that has affected the function of your nose.
- Address a congenital condition.
Dr. Sauerhammer emphasizes education and an open dialogue with her patients. She wants every person she treats to know their options and to have realistic expectations for their outcome.
This starts with a consultation at our Appleton or Green Bay offices, where she will conduct a physical examination, talk with you about what you want to accomplish, and learn about your previous medical history. This process will allow you to explore care with our practice and decide for yourself if rhinoplasty is right for you. When you are ready, our staff will be happy to help schedule your surgery and pre-operative appointments.
What Is the Recovery from Rhinoplasty Like?
Dr. Sauerhammer performs rhinoplasty for patients under general anesthesia following either a closed or open approach. She spends time during each procedure refining the nose in a way that looks natural and in harmony with other facial features.
During your recovery, you can expect to wear an internal nasal splint for about two weeks. The splint protects the nose’s new shape as you heal. Most patients experience bruising, swelling, and sensitivity, and so Dr. Sauerhammer typically applies a long-lasting local anesthetic to promote their comfort in the days following their procedure.
Our practice advises patients to avoid strenuous activities and contact sports for about one month. Swelling will subside over time and may take up to six months to go away completely. Depending on your goals with surgery, Dr. Sauerhammer may talk with you about using a cartilage graft from the ear or rib to recontour your nose. This site will also need time to heal if you decide on this approach.
Pricing for Rhinoplasty in Appleton and Green Bay
A rhinoplasty with Wisconsin Institute of Plastic Surgery ranges in price from $10,000 to $12,000. This includes the surgical, anesthetic, and facility fees that go into providing your care.
Just as patients have different needs and goals in their surgeries, there are a variety of factors that can affect the cost of a procedure. Wisconsin Institute of Plastic Surgery promotes patient collaboration and transparency in all aspects of treatment. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with our practice so that we can discuss these and other details of your care.