Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
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.
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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 years old 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.
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Benefits of Rhinoplasty
The nose is one of our most defining facial features. If you are not sure whether you will benefit from a rhinoplasty, consider the ways that this procedure can improve not only your appearance but also your overall quality of life. A rhinoplasty will:
- Balance the nose to better compliment your face and draw attention to your eyes
- Correct the shape of your nose to match your vision of your own appearance. This may include making changes to the tip of a patient’s nose, smoothing a bump along the bridge of the nose, or altering the thickness of the bridge itself.
- Restore as much as possible comfortable breathing and function, which may have been impacted by an injury, medical condition, or previous cosmetic work.
A successful rhinoplasty delivers patients a nose that is balanced and flattering, but natural-looking. In order to see the best results of a rhinoplasty, it is recommended to receive your procedure from a highly skilled surgeon. The extent of the work that our doctors are able to accomplish for our patients will depend on the needs of the patient’s unique case, as well as the amount of tissue present.
You deserve to feel confident in your appearance!
A rhinoplasty has the remarkable ability to both compliment and majorly improve patients’ natural features. If you would like to alter the appearance of your nose, or would like to improve your nasal function, call our office for your free rhinoplasty consultation today.
The surgical technique that our doctors use during your rhinoplasty will depend on the condition of and amount of your nasal tissue. Your doctor will discuss the method he believes will give you your best recovery and results.
If your rhinoplasty is performed with a closed incision, your doctor will lift your soft tissue upward in order to make the required alterations. The incision will be hidden inside the nostrils. This allows the rhinoplasty results to heal, without risk of an external scar. A closed incision is in fact the most popular surgical method for a rhinoplasty, due to the fact that it gives patients a quicker, easier recovery. This is an effective method for patients who only need minor changes made to the bone or tip of their nose.
Some patients’ rhinoplasty may be performed with an open incision. An open incision will give your surgeon a better view and access of your nasal structure. If your rhinoplasty will require more extensive work, you may receive an open incision. The incision and stitches will be made to the skin between patients’ nostrils, also known as the columella. While this incision site will not conceal stitches, it will give your surgeon the access he needs in order to achieve the best results possible.
Patients who are only seeing minor or surface imperfections with their nose may be interested in receiving a dermal filler injected into their problem area(s). A dermal filler, such as Restylane or Juvederm, is an effective way to fill skin imperfections or add volume to restore balance in a patient’s nose. These results will only last from 8 months to just over a year, however. The results of a surgical rhinoplasty, on the other hand, will last long-term.
Patients may have already undergone rhinoplasty work with another doctor, and not been pleased with their results. Previous work may not have accomplished the patient’s desired outcomes, or it may have created issues within a patient’s breathing passage: whatever the reason, we will take great care to turn these outcomes into a more natural, attractive-looking nose.
During your consultation be prepared to discuss your goals for appearance or breathing. If possible bring in photos of your desired result.
This is an ideal time to ask any questions that you may have: if you have any concerns, or would like to know any more about your options, please do not hesitate to ask!
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 us 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.
Our staff will also go over patient’s medical history with them, as well as their medication use, to guarantee that patients experience their safest procedure and recovery. If you have a medical condition which could interfere with your healing, notify us at this time.
Due to the delicate nature of our noses, every rhinoplasty procedure is highly individualized.
All information that you can provide to us concerning your goals and health background will enable us to create the best, individually-tailored rhinoplasty for you.
If you would like to learn more about what a rhinoplasty can do for your appearance, call today to schedule a consultation.
Preparation for Rhinoplasty
We may advise you to alter your medication and supplement use before your rhinoplasty procedure. Discontinue use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like Aspirin, as these can increase your chance of bruising or swelling.
Patients should schedule a friend or family member to drive them home after their rhinoplasty, as well as to stay with them during the first night of their recovery, to assist in any way when necessary.
Patients are advised to discontinue smoking at least two to three weeks before their rhinoplasty.
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.
The price of a patient’s rhinoplasty procedure will depend on the extent of work required to achieve the patient’s desired results. Once we solidify the details of your individualized rhinoplasty with you during your consultation, our staff will provide you with a cost breakdown of your anticipated procedure.