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It is not uncommon for patients to perceive a rhinoplasty as a relatively painful procedure. After all, there may be considerable reshaping of the nose required and then … those bones may have to be broken. Ouch! If you have watched any YouTube videos or seen programs explicitly showing the fracturing of the nasal bones, it appears to be pretty brutal. It’s just gotta hurt!

Fortunately, that is usually not the case. A rhinoplasty that just requires cartilaginous work or rasping of an irregularity without the need for breaking of the nasal bones is associated with relatively minor discomfort. If the nasal bones need to be fractured in order to narrow the nose, though there is a significant increase in the extent of swelling, there is often only a minimal increase of pain. For most patients, oxycodone (Percocet®) is more than adequate and is often taken for a very brief period of time.

If you would like additional information on a rhinoplasty, chin enlargement, eyelid surgery or any other aesthetic procedure that I perform or to schedule a complimentary consultation, you can contact my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

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