What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, often referred to as a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure that enhances the proportions of your nose to create facial harmony, and that can also correct structural defects that impair proper breathing.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure Can Treat:
- Nasal asymmetry
- Nose size (for facial balance)
- Nose profile (visible depressions or bumps)
- Nose width (size and position of nostrils as well as the bridge)
- Nostrils (width, size, upturned)
- Nasal tip (droop, hooked, bulbous, upturned)
- Deviated septum (obstructed airway, breathing impairment)
Note, everyone has an asymmetric face to some degree. The goal of nasal surgery is proper facial balance and proportion. Thus, results may not be perfectly symmetric.
Who is a good Rhinoplasty candidate?
Rhinoplasty is very personalized. As such, patients should want to undergo this procedure for themselves and not to fit an ideal. Patients need to have completed facial growth, be in good health, and have a positive outlook and clear understanding of what can be achieved with the procedure. For smokers, tobacco use must cease for several weeks pre and post rhinoplasty surgery. For those who do not want to undergo surgery, non-surgical Injectable Rhinoplasty may be the best course. Injectables can be used to temporarily alter the physical appearance of the nose.
What happens in a Rhinoplasty consultation?
Any questions and concerns you have will be addressed during your initial consult. You can expect to discuss your goals regarding appearance and breathing, general health status, medical conditions/treatments, pre-existing conditions, current medications including vitamins and supplements, and drug use including tobacco and alcohol. There will also be an examination of your face, measurements and photographs taken, an explanation of your surgery options, risks and potential complications, and a recommendation for proper treatment. Preparing a list of questions for your consultation is suggested.
What happens during Rhinoplasty surgery?
Prior to your Rhinoplasty procedure, you will need to obtain a medical clearance, which will involve lab work, and avoid taking aspirin and other medications that can increase bleeding. Your current medications may also be adjusted. Ensure you have proper transportation to and from surgery and that someone stays with you at least for the first night after surgery.
For your Rhinoplasty surgery, you will be given general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. The best method will be recommended for you. Surgery is performed using either an open or closed procedure. In an open procedure, the incision is placed along the columella, the tissue that separates the nostrils, and in a closed procedure, the incisions are situated inside the nose in order to hide them. The skin covering the nasal bones and cartilages is raised through these incisions to allow the reshaping of the nose to take place. In this manner, the nose may be reduced through the removal of bone or cartilage. Cartilage grafts may also be necessary in the reshaping process, which are commonly taken from the septum. In some instances, cartilage from the ear or rib may be used. If the nostril size is being altered, then incisions may be placed in the creases of the nostrils to better disguise them. If Rhinoplasty is used to correct a deviated septum and improve breathing, then the nose is straightened and the passageways inside the nose are reduced. Upon completion of the Rhinoplasty, the nasal skin/tissue is re-draped and the incisions are closed. Splints and gauze may be used to support the nose for a few days during the healing process.
Are there any Rhinoplasty risks or complications?
During your consultation, any potential risks and complications will be discussed, including:
- Anesthesia-related complications
- Poor wound healing
- Skin discoloration
- Numbness or pain
- Nasal septum perforation (rare)
- Difficulty breathing
- Unsatisfactory appearance
- Need for revisional surgery
What is Rhinoplasty recovery like and what are the results?
During the recovery phase, you may have packing and/or a splint placed inside your nose, as well as bandages and/or a splint outside for protection and support as you heal. Swelling should subside in a few weeks. You will notice gradual changes take place leading up to a year for final results. Follow-up and specific care instructions will be provided to you including oral and topical medications to aid healing and prevent infection, as well as specific concerns to look for. Your rhinoplasty results will be long-lasting.
How much does Rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of Rhinoplasty can vary greatly depending on the surgeon’s fee, anesthesiologist fee, facility fee, geographic location of the surgeon, and other related factors. When acquiring a quote on Rhinoplasty, be sure it outlines each item with cost so that you’re aware of anything that may not be included. At our practice, we detail everything that is included, and our cost covers facility, surgeon, and anesthesiologist fees. We also offer a variety of plastic surgery financing options like CareCredit® and United Medical Credit.
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