Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, can improve the appearance and proportion of your nose, thus enhancing your facial harmony. Whether you just want a simple cosmetic upgrade or want to restore your nose to its original condition following an accident or other blunt trauma, we can help. You walk in with a specific cosmetic goal in mind and will leave with a surge of self-confidence. We are more than a plastic surgery firm, we are in the business of improving lives. A nose job is a way to accomplish that improvement.
A rhinoplasty offers a variety of options to improve your nose. For instance, we can fix large, wide or upturned nostrils, or improve a large, bulbous, drooping or upturned nasal tip. A nose job can also improve the width, humps or depressions in the bridge of the nose. Finally, the procedure works toward improving the overall symmetry or deviation of your nose in relation to other facial features. Essentially, whatever correction you can think of it, plastic surgery can fix it.
But is it right for you? Numerous patients ask us that question, but we can’t give a definite answer. It’s easy for us to look at your nose and recommend improvements. But like any other plastic surgery, a rhinoplasty is only right for you if it is something you want to do. A nose job is a highly individualized procedure. You need to do it for yourself, not to fit into an ideal image or fulfill other’s desires.
So are you a good a candidate for the surgery? If you decided that a nose job is right for you, it’s time to look at other factors. Ideally, the perfect candidate is someone whose facial features have stopped growing, which means 13-year-olds and up are the best candidates. We also want someone who is physically healthy, whose body will heal naturally and properly. An ideal candidate is also someone who doesn’t smoke. Finally, it’s important to have a specific, but realistic goal the surgery can achieve.
Once you’ve decided to pursue rhinoplasty, it’s important to know how it procedurally works. Because each nose is different, each rhinoplasty will also vary person to person. Yet, in general, the surgery works like this: A qualified surgeon will examine your features, and listen to your cosmetic goals. From there, they will sit down and develop the best possible approach to your situation. The upper portion of the nose is bone and the lower portion is cartilage. A nose job can modify both the bone and cartilage. A skilled surgeon can work on both of these portions equally as effective.
Once the surgery starts, you will receive general anesthesia to put you to sleep. The anesthesia will numb your nose and relax your body so you won’t feel any pain. The surgeon will then make minor incisions to reshape the inner bone and cartilage to give a more pleasing appearance. The entire outpatient procedure should take only a few hours, but time limits vary from person to person, and procedure to procedure.
Rhinoplasty patients may be required to wear a nasal splint the first week after surgery. You also will experience swelling and some bruising. Also avoid strenuous activity for the first three to four weeks. Within two weeks, it’s likely you won’t have any visible sign of a surgical procedure. Return to normal social activities and enjoy your new look. It’s that simple.