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From the category archives: Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose & Throat

Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery is not just for beauty. Surgery can be performed to help you breathe and hear better. Ask our ENTs in Raleigh & Cary, NC.

How to Prepare for Plastic Surgery - A Checklist  

Facial plastic surgery involves much more than cosmetic procedures—it often is used to help patients who have difficulty breathing, who have had an injury, or who have had a skin cancer removed from their face as a part of Mohs treatment. Facial plastic surgery is also helpful for those who have structural problems with their nose or have septal perforations. No matter what type of plastic surgery you are having, we will give you a specific set of instructions to follow that will address your specific case. 

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How Mohs Is Revolutionizing Skin Cancer Treatment

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer, and more than half of those will go on to develop an additional skin cancer. Removing these cancerous tumors presents certain challenges. Mohs surgery is changing that...

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What is a Skin Graft and Why Would You Need One?

You’ve probably heard of skin grafts used as treatment for serious burns. However, did you realize that they skin grafts may be needed after skin cancer treatment or reconstructive surgery? There are several instances in which a skin graft is an appropriate and effective treatment.

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5 Common Facial Plastic Surgeries

When you think of cosmetic surgery, the first thing that may come to mind is dramatic “before” and “after” pictures. While these procedures can remarkably transform your appearance, some also make an extraordinary difference in your health and well-being.

These common procedures are performed by our ENT physicians, and in some cases, they can be performed in-office or on an outpatient basis. Here we take a look at five common facial plastic surgeries, why they’re done, and how they can help you.

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Rhinoplasty: More Than Mere Cosmetic Benefits

Supermarket tabloids are filled with before and after pictures of celebrities who have had “nose jobs” or some other type of cosmetic surgery.  It may surprise you to know that “nose jobs” (rhinoplasty) are not only done to improve appearance. Often, improving the shape of the nose can help support drooping cartilage and open nasal passages, allowing patients to breathe better and help avoid chronic sinus infections.

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Nasal Valve Collapse

Nasal Valve Collapse is a relatively common cause of nasal obstruction.Although a deviated septum and enlarged turbinates are the most common causes of obstructed nasal breathing, nasal valve collapse can often contribute to blockage as well. The nasal valve is the narrow area of the tip of the nose composed of the tip cartilages and the septum. This is a small area and even a minor blockage can cause a big problem with breathing. Causes of collapse include nasal trauma, prior nasal surgery(especially rhinoplasty ), and congenitally weak nasal cartilages. Diagnosis can be made in the office or at home. Your physician can easily make the diagnosis during your visit, but often patients can diagnose this problem at home. You may have nasal valve collapse if: a) your breathing is improved when the cheek skin is pushed towards the ear,or b) your breathing is improved with Breathe-Right(or similar) strips Treatment is both non-surgical and surgical. Non-surgical treatment involves use of allergy medicines(such ...

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