"We'll take a look at everything today and go over some photos and see how well you're healing up,” explains Dr. Kyle Yamamoto to his patient, Shawna at Sierra Nevada Cosmetic and Laser Surgery.

Dr. Yamamoto opened the practice a little more than a year ago. The Reno High School graduate studied at Dartmouth College before obtaining a medical degree from the University of Nevada, School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the State University of New York-Buffalo and then was one of dozens of surgeons worldwide selected for subspecialty training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He completed his fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Dr. Yamamoto invited us to sit in on the two-month follow up appointment with Shawna, who had rhinoplasty surgery. "You can see beforehand, this is crooked,” explains the doctor. “Your septum was kind of going off to the right over here and your nostrils were asymmetric. We've made them a lot more symmetric now."

Shawna opted for surgery primarily to help her breathe better. "Yeah, I had complete restriction out of my entire left side,” because of a deviated septum she tells us, “Which was so annoying."

"During surgery, you go under the lining of the nose and you straighten that portion out."

While fixing her the bone and cartilage that make up the septum, Dr. Yamamoto also slightly re-shaped Shawna’s nose. "She wanted a little more refined look and narrowed in this area," he says as he points to the bridge of his nose. "His goal is natural and just an enhanced version of you,” Shawna adds.

The outpatient surgery takes anywhere from two to four hours. Recovery involves a splint inside the nose for about a week and cast on top. It takes upwards of a year, however, for the swelling to completely subside. Already Shawna can breathe much better than before. "It changes how you sleep; it changes a lot of different things. So it's been great."

Dr. Yamamoto performs all types of face and neck procedures. "The face is a totally different ballgame compared to body stuff because you can't put clothes on your face; you can't hide things that go on in this area.” He favors rhinoplasty. "It's very challenging. Probably one of the more challenging surgeries we do and it's very individualized; no two noses are the same and nobody is coming in asking for the same thing."

To learn more about rhinoplasty, Dr. Yamamoto will be our “Ask the Doctor” guest on Monday, December 19th. You can call (775) 858-2222 between 5- 6 p.m. Or you can contact Sierra Nevada Cosmetic + Laser Surgery at (775) 525-1712 or log on to www.sierracosmeticsurgery.com