nose Surgery | RhinoplastyRhinoplasty or Nose Reshaping

As the largest protrusion on the face, the nose for many can be the focus of attention. If the nose is particularly crooked, too large, or too small, it may be the source of embarrassment and reduced self-esteem. With rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery or a “nose job,” these issues can be corrected. Appearance of the nose can be improved for individuals who are dissatisfied with the shape and size of their nose. Reasons for a rhinoplasty or nose job include reducing the size of the nose, removal of bumps as well as improving the angle of a nose.  Existing conditions may be natural or they may be due to external trauma to the face. Deformities of the nose can be corrected by removing, rearranging or reshaping bone or cartilage.

Before surgery, a thorough medical history along with a careful examination of the nose will be conducted in order to evaluate your general health. The doctor will discuss with you the way your nose can look in relation to your other facial features. Digital photographs and computer imaging are utilized to evaluate the appropriate procedure necessary to achieve the desired results. Pre-operative instructions may include the elimination of certain drugs containing aspirin in order to minimize the possibility of excess bleeding.

Rhinoplasty/Nose Job Procedure

Rhinoplasty is usually performed utilizing general anesthesia. Incisions are placed inside the nose and sometime a small incision is made on the undersurface of the nose on skin between the nostrils. In certain cases where the nostrils flare, an incision at the junction between the nose and the skin of the upper lip will be used to narrow the flared appearance. Sometimes rhinoplasty is combined with chin augmentation to improve the patients overall profile.

During the procedure, the skin of the nose is separated from the underlying skeleton of bone and cartilage. The bone and cartilage are then reshaped and the skin is re-draped over the surface. Patients who have a deviated septum may also benefit by correction of this problem at the same time.

 After care for Rhinoplasty |  Nose Job
Following surgery, a lightweight splint is applied outside of the nose to maintain the noses new shape.  This splint can be removed within a week.  Nasal splints may be inserted inside the nose at the time of surgery to protect the septum.  These are removed after three to five days.  Patients will experience some stuffiness of the nose, especially when work has been done on the nasal septum.

Pain is controlled with medication. Bruising typically occurs around the eyes, however it begins to fade within a few days and any discoloration usually disappears in two weeks. You will have persistent nasal tip edema for 2-3 months and the final rhinoplasty (nose job) results will not be evaluated until six to 12 months post-op. It is necessary and important to have realistic goals when pursuing this type of procedure.  The determining factor for the final result of the procedure will be dependent upon the patient’s skin. The thinner the skin of the patient, the more dramatic results are obtained. For those patients with thicker skin, the underlying changes to the cartilage and bone will be less dramatic.

If breathing problems exist or a recent nasal injury has occurred, insurance coverage may help reduce the rhinoplasty costs.