Rhinoplasty / Nose Reshaping
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is one of the most frequently performed plastic surgery procedures. Also known as “nose job” or “nose reshaping,” rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that will reshape the internal and external structures of the nose to create a more desirable look. The nose is reshaped, reduced, or augmented to improve its appearance. Rhinoplasty is not only performed for cosmetic reasons, it is also done to help correct birth defects or injury such as a broken nose.
For a patient with sinusitis, nose surgery is sometimes performed in conjunction with sinus surgery. For a patient with a deviated septum, it is often performed along with septoplasty, a procedure that corrects a deviated septum. In such cases, rhinoplasty effectively treats health and breathing problems.
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
How long will the results of my nose job last?
The results of a rhinoplasty may last forever. However results may vary depending on the patient’s skin type and texture. A follow up with a physician and the surgeon should be done yearly.