Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a nose job, is one of the most common procedures in plastic surgery. Nose job procedures can serve dual purposes, creating a more aesthetically pleasing appearance, as well as to help breathing conditions, such as a deviated septum.
Whether due to injury or genetics, many people have trouble breathing through their nose. Septoplasty with rhinoplasty can counteract this by straightening out the septum and removing any blockages, clearing the airway so you can breathe freely. Often time septoplasty procedures are covered by insurance however rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons is not. Although many patients opt for both procedures, many patients choose to undergo rhinoplasty soley for cosmetic purposes for a number of reasons.
When considering rhinoplasty, it is important to research the procedure, rhinoplasty surgeons including before and after pictures, and to have realistic expectations about your potential results. It is important to select a rhinoplasty surgeon who is board certified in plastic surgery. Nose job procedures are highly specialized, so it is also recommended to select a surgeon who has extensive training in this particular procedure, including revision and reconstructive cases. Be sure to have clear communication with your surgeon, discussing what you want and what you don’t want. Pictures are an excellent way to help communicate the features you like and do not like.
After rhinoplasty, your surgeon will place a splint on the top of the nose to protect the structure, since it will be very delicate after rhinoplasty surgery. He may also place packing or splints inside the nose if necessary as well. Gauze will be taped just under the nose to absorb any bleeding. Mild bleeding after rhinoplasty is normal for the first few days. Gauze should be replaced every few hours or as necessary.
7-10 days later, splints and packing will be removed by your rhinoplasty surgeon. At this time many patients feel relief and are able to breathe much better. Swelling and bruising will dissipate over the next month. 90% of the final result can be seen after 3 weeks, however, it may take up to 12-18 MONTHS for all swelling to dissipate and the nose to be refined.
After rhinoplasty, patients need to be extremely careful as to not disturb the healing process.
In plastic surgery, nose job procedures can be performed utilizing different types of techniques. During your complimentary consultation, you and your rhinoplasty surgeon will discuss which type of technique is best for you and your goals.
When it comes to surgical rhinoplasty, surgeons have two options for incisions. They are referred to as open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty. Open rhinoplasty is performed by making a small incision under the columella, the space between the nostrils. This technique provides better visibility and increased access for the surgeon. This technique is most commonly utilized to correct bulbous or bulky noses and to reshape “difficult” noses. Although this nose job technique leaves a scar on the outside of the nose, scars are very faint and discrete. In most cases, our rhinoplasty surgeons perform closed rhinoplasty which is a scarless technique performed to reshape the nose through incisions made inside the nose. This highly specialized technique also allows for faster healing time, less swelling and less bruising.
Many breathing problems are caused by a deviated septum which is a condition where the septum which separates the inside of the nose is disproportionate, hindering the ability to breathe. This condition may also lead to chronic sinusitis, sleep apnea, nasal turbine problems and other related nose problems. Many patients who undergo a cosmetic nose job also opt for septoplasty at the same time. This can also be referred to as a septorhinoplasty.
Patients looking to improve symmetry, correct depressions, and increase volume in parts of the nose may be good candidates for a non-surgical nose job. Our rhinoplasty surgeons utilize advanced placement of dermal fillers to correct the shape of the nose through non-surgical methods. Although this type of nose job is not permanent, it may be beneficial for those looking a small change with lower rhinoplasty cost. Non-surgical rhinoplasty however cannot provide the same results as a plastic surgery nose job.
We also offer rhinoplasty surgeons who specialize in and revision rhinoplasty procedures. These surgeons are highly specialized in this corrective procedure and offer complimentary consultations to discuss your particular needs. Revision rhinoplasty may require either an open or closed technique, depending on the structure of your nose and the corrective action necessary to achieve your aesthetic goals.