How is the head kept stable during a rhinoplasty operation?

I am wondering how a patient's head is kept stable to stop it from moving during a rhinoplasty operation.

Doctor Answers 3


The patient's head does need to move a little from, side to side during the rhinoplasty procedure but not much. The patient'a had is placed in a soft donut shaped gel pad to help stabilize it during the procedure.

Head stability during rhinoplasty

There is a small pillow referred to as a donut (its a pillow with a central hole to let the head lay in), which helps keep the patient's head stable during rhinoplasty or any facial surgery for that matter. The surgeon will often move the patient's head as need be.

Helen Perakis, MD
Nanuet Plastic Surgeon

Head moving during rhinoplasty

Its usually done under gemeral anesthesia. You are unconscious and cannot move. The surgeon will move the head a bit, side to side,  as he sees fit, to get different views.

Dennis Barek, MD
Great Neck Plastic Surgeon
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