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hello dr Audrey. i had a rhinoplasty in the upper part of my nose which it was too wide. i had it 3 years ago when i was 19 years old. now im 22 and i want to have a somnoplasty because of a chronic stuffy nose.  i dont want the somnoplasty to mess up my nose job. do you think im a candidate for somnoplasty? thanks in advance. ann


Thanks so much for the opportunity to answer your questions. Somnoplasty is most commonly performed by an ENT surgeon or an Otolaryngologist and can vary depending on the actual problems you are having. Sometimes it involves destruction of the turbinates inside the nose or it could target the uvula or the base of the tongue. Iím assuming since youíre worried about your nose that your surgeon is addressing your turbinates. Since plastic surgeons donít commonly perform this procedure and I havenít examined you myself, I wouldnít feel comfortable addressing your concerns. While the turbinates are relatively far away from the upper portion of the nose, I cannot be sure what maneuvers you had during your rhinoplasty that may be affected by your possible upcoming procedure. I would suggest meeting with an ENT surgeon who performs both rhinoplasty and somnoplasty and asking very honest questions and presenting your concerns. He or she should be able to give you realistic expectations for not only what the somnoplasty can and canít do, but also whether or not itís reasonable to be worried about it changing the appearance of your nose. Best wishes to you!

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Dr. Audrey Klenke


Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Audrey Klenke and her team provide advanced healthcare for people seeking reconstructive or cosmetic surgery to enhance their well-being. We understand that living well includes feeling good about the way you look. As Beaufort Countyís only female plastic surgeon, Dr. Audrey Klenke offers a unique perspective, driven by modern perceptions of aesthetics. She views cosmetic surgery as a natural part of a healthy lifestyle. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery also offers a state-of-the-art medical spa, where your vision is our inspiration. Our Licensed Esthetician specializes in age-defying treatments, and our Certified Permanent Makeup Artist provides medical tattoo services including eyebrows, eyeliner, lips, 3-D nipple/areola restoration and more. Whether youíre looking for fabulous quick fixes, like Botoxģ and Juvedermģ, or time-honored surgical procedures, like facelift and tummy tuck, our goal is to help you look your best at any age.


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