improve the size or shape of your nose
Thousands of individuals each year choose rhinoplasty (also known as a “nose job”) to change the appearance of their noses. But in addition to aesthetic benefits, rhinoplasty can have a tremendous impact on self-esteem.
Reshaping the nose may involve reducing or increasing the size, removing a hump, changing the shape of the tip or bridge, narrowing the nostril span, or changing the angle between the nose and upper lip. Incisions are often made inside the nostril or base of the nose, allowing the cartilage and bone to be sculpted into the desired form.
Our experienced plastic surgeons are available to talk with you about your options and the results you can expect with a nose surgery.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Nose Job?
There are a few common issues that cause patients to seek out rhinoplasty. One is the presence of a large “hump” on the bridge of the nose. A second common reason why patients seek a rhinoplasty is because they have a big, bulbous tip to their nose. Finally, some patients seek information about nose surgery simply because their nose is not proportionate to the rest of their face. All three are issues that can potentially be addressed through a rhinoplasty.
With that said, it’s critical to understand that not everyone is a good candidate for rhinoplasty. One reason why some patients are ill-qualified is simply because they are not finished growing. For example, a man’s jaw continues to grow until he is 21 or 22, and it’s unwise to change the size of the nose while the rest of the face is still undergoing changes. In meeting with one of our highly-skilled plastic surgeons for a rhinoplasty consultation, you’ll be able to determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for a rhinoplasty with the guidance of a plastic surgery expert.
During your consultation, you’ll have a chance to look at some before and after photos from the real patients of nose job procedures—allowing you to see through your surgeon’s eyes what the aesthetic goals might be. For most rhinoplasty procedures, the goal is simply to soften existing features and bring all of the facial structures into better harmony with one another; it’s still the patient’s nose, but with certain aspects gently corrected.
What Does a Nose Job Procedure Entail?
Regardless of your aesthetic goals, most patients will need what’s called an open rhinoplasty. This is done through a small incision made between the nostrils, which allows the surgeon to lift the skin to access the sub-structures and adjust the cartilage and tissues surrounding the nose. These procedures are always done on an outpatient basis.
Some patients are anxious about the recovery time. As with any surgical procedure, a rhinoplasty will require a little time for your body to fully heal. Typically, this recovery time is relatively brief. Most patients will have some packing—soft Vaseline gauze—in their nose for the first night, but it’s removed the next day. Stitches and splints are typically removed after the first week or so.
Following the removal of the splint and stitches, patients are able to get back to normal socialization. At first, a little bit of make-up may be needed to cover up any residual bruising. Half the swelling goes away after two or three months, and the remainder of the swelling subsides within the first year. Your plastic surgeon will stay in touch with you via regular appointments throughout that first year, simply to ensure that you are recovering as intended.
How to Prepare for Rhinoplasty
In preparation for a rhinoplasty surgery, we recommend our patients avoid caffeinated drinks to help keep body hydrated and enhance the healing process. The upper lip can sometimes be numb after the surgery, so it’s important to be careful with hot drinks and soup. Finally, you’ll want to have plenty of ice on hand, which can help with dry mouth as well as any nose bleeding.
Also, critical to rhinoplasty preparation is meeting with your plastic surgeon to make sure you’re prioritizing your health and safety because recovery from any plastic surgery procedure can vary between patients. In some situations, patients may need to have lab testing done to ensure they’re healthy; this is most common among older patients. As a rhinoplasty patient, you may also be advised to take certain medications, adjust medications levels, or to stop smoking. You may also be advised to discontinue the use of aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements, all of which can cause internal bleeding.
For further instructions about how you can prepare for a nose job—or to learn more about whether you’re a qualified candidate for this procedure—we invite you to schedule a consultation to sit down one-on-one with one of our physicians.
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LENGTH: 1-2 hours or more.
ANESTHESIA: Usually asleep.
SIDE EFFECTS: Temporary swelling, bruising around eyes and nose, headaches, some bleeding and stuffiness.
RISKS: With any surgery, risks such as infection and blood clot exist. Our surgeons will always talk with you about potential risks specific to your procedures in your consultation. Other risks may include incomplete improvement, requiring additional surgery.
RECOVERY: Back to work: Most patients spend the first 24 hours with their head elevated on a pillow. Swelling and bruising around the eyes are common for the first few days but can be reduced with cold compresses. Within one week, all dressings, splint and sutures are removed.
DURATION OF RESULTS: Permanent.