Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a “nose job,” is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed in the US. It is a popular option for patients unhappy with the size or shape of their nose. In addition to the procedure’s well-known cosmetic benefits, rhinoplasty has evolved to have much more versatile applications, such as to improve nasal function after a traumatic injury, or to help with breathing problems that affect sleep and the ability to exercise.
The goal of rhinoplasty is to bring the nose into harmony and balance with the rest of the face. After all, a beautiful nose is one that does not attract the eye, but instead causes the observer to focus on your eyes instead. The procedure might include removal of the nasal hump, refining the nose tip, reshaping or resizing of the nostrils, or increasing or decreasing the nose’s overall size. If combined with a septoplasty (straightening of the septum), this procedure can improve not only a patient’s self-confidence but also breathing.
In general, candidates for rhinoplasty should be done growing. Facial growth in teens and young adults, for example, can affect the form and function of the nose over time. However, rhinoplasty is possible for girls who are at least 15 or 16 years old and boys should be at least 17 or 18.
During your consultation, Dr. Brandon will discuss your goals and assess you candidacy for surgery. Facial Aesthetic Concepts uses an advanced form of 3D imaging to give patients an idea of what their nose will look like after surgery. This educational tool is extremely valuable in communicating your goals prior to surgery.
Rhinoplasty generally takes approximately 3 hours and is usually an outpatient procedure. A small incision is made across the tissue between the nostrils as well as inside the nostrils. These incisions heal very well and are barely visible. If additional cartilage is needed to augment the nose, it is frequently taken from the patient’s nasal septum. In some cases, such as revision cases, this cartilage might be taken from an ear or rib.
Following surgery, most patients experience mild to moderate discomfort that can be controlled with medication. Patients should expect to wear a cast on the outside of the nose for about a week after rhinoplasty to protect the nasal bones and cartilage. Additionally, patients should avoid strenuous activity such as jogging or swimming for two to three weeks and avoid wearing glasses for four to five weeks.
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While rhinoplasty is a safe procedure, it’s important that the surgery is done by an expert. In the appropriate patient it can be a life-changing surgery. If you think you might like to pursue a rhinoplasty, our patient consultants and facial plastic surgeons would love to talk to you. You will be provided with the most up-to-date information, skill, compassion, and experience to help you achieve your goals. We’re here to provide a positive experience that can change your life. Please call (888) 713-7814 to speak to a patient advisor for more information and to schedule your appointment.