Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure to change the shape of the nose. While most patients choose to undergo nose jobs for cosmetic reasons, rhinoplasty can also be used to correct several medical conditions. During a nose job, surgeons reshape the bone and cartilage in the nose to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Is Rhinoplasty Right for Me?
Rhinoplasty is a very common cosmetic procedure for those who are unhappy with the shape, size, or symmetry of their nose. Most patients must be at least fifteen to undergo a nose job for cosmetic purposes. One of the major factors in the success of your nose job is the thickness of the skin covering the nose. If the skin is thin, minor changes in the underlying structure lead to dramatic aesthetic changes while thicker skin can mean less noticeable results.
If you feel that your nose is not shaped “just right,” you may be a candidate for rhinoplasty. However, you must be realistic about the potential outcomes; just because you’re unhappy with your natural nose doesn’t mean you would be happy with a surgically altered nose.
A nose job can include precise reshaping of any part of your nose to correct perceived problems such as the following:
- Too thin
- Too thick
- Upturned tip
- Too pointy
- Nostrils too wide
- Bump on the nose bridge
In addition to these cosmetic concerns, nose jobs can be used to repair a deviated septum or a broken nose. Depending on the goals of your procedure, a nose job can create subtle or dramatic visual results.
Before & After Photos
During your consultation be prepared to discuss your goals for appearance or breathing. If possible bring in photos of your desired result.
You will also have the ability to use Vectra 3D Imaging System. The Vectra 3D Camera helps you visualize, prior to your surgery, what you will look like after your rhinoplasty procedure. Vectra’s simulated sculpting tools will allow Dr. Gupta to show you a variety of potential outcomes of your surgery. The camera’s 3D capabilities will provide you with a comprehensive view of both the front of your face and your profile, giving you pre-operative peace of mind about your procedure.
Most surgeons use general anesthesia for nose reshaping procedures, although it can also be performed with local anesthesia. During rhinoplasty, the removal of cartilage or bone, as well as the addition of synthetic tissue, can precisely reshape the nose into the desired result. To gain access to underlying tissues, the surgeon first creates incisions either inside the nostrils or on the thin piece of skin between the nostrils.
During your nose job, the bone is re-set, and both bone and cartilage are recontoured to achieve the desired appearance. Implants may be used to increase the volume of tissue. Once the nose has been precisely sculpted by the surgeon, the incisions are closed, and a splint is used to hold the nose in its new position during the recovery period. Most nose jobs take between one and three hours.
Recovery After Rhinoplasty
After a nose job, patients usually experience swelling and bruising lasting about a week. The bruises may extend into the eye area, giving you “black eyes.” Within two weeks, you should be able to return to work. During this time, it is important to avoid strenuous activities and keep the head elevated, particularly when sleeping. Full results of rhinoplasty are usually visible within about two months, although subtle changes can continue for up to a year.