Rhinoplasty / Nose Reshaping
What is a Rhinoplasty?
A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure the will reshape the internal and external structures of the nose to create a more desirable look. Rhinoplasty is often referred to as a “nose job” or “nose reshaping”.
Reasons for Nose Surgery
Some patients may be interested in a rhinoplasty for functional reasons, such as: breathing problems, sleeping problems, repeated infections or to treat nasal deformities caused at birth. Other patients may be interested in a rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, such as: overly large nose, nose isn’t propionate to the face, nose is damaged from an accident or injury, roman nose, pinched nose, hooked nose, or crooked nose.
Benefits for Rhinoplasty
- More physically attractive
- Less self-conscious
- More self-esteem
- More comfortable with one’s physical image
- More at ease in social situations
- Greater ease communicating
Nose Surgery Procedure
Every rhinoplasty is customized to the patient’s facial features, needs and desires. Different incision techniques may be used during this procedure, such as: endonasal (incisions are positioned inside the nose) or open approach (small incisions on the outside of the nose that will heal without scarring). To minimize any discomfort during the procedure patients will undergo general anesthesia. This surgical procedure may take anywhere between 2 to 6 hours to complete.
Rhinoplasty Recovery Time
After a rhinoplasty it will take 7 to 10 days before a patient may return to their normal daily routine. There will be dressings and splints on the inside and outside of the nose for about a week. Patients will be given oral medications to control the pain, nasal sprays to keep the nose moistened, and antibiotics during healing.
While swelling subsides within a few weeks, it may take up to a year for your new nasal contour to fully refine. You may notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose as it refines to a more permanent outcome.
Nose Surgery Risk
Patients may experience some:
- Nasal obstruction
- Difficulty breathing
- Long term nasal collapse
- Loss of support
- Dissatisfaction from the results