Commonly referred to as a nose job, rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that can change the shape and/or size of your nose. Nose reshaping can be done for cosmetic reasons if you’re unhappy with the way your nose looks, or for medical reasons to help with breathing or structural problems. In either situation, rhinoplasty can help to reduce and/or reshape the bridge, nostrils, or tip of the nose, better define the nose, reshape and straighten the nose, and/or change the angle of the nose.
In the case of a deviated septum or other medical problems, a nose job can help relieve breathing problems and correct structural issues such as those from an accident, injury, or cancer. Cosmetically, a nose job can bring balance and improve the symmetry of your face, boosting your confidence and self-esteem.
First, you’ll be given general anesthesia. Then, depending on which type of nose surgery you’re undergoing, the surgeon will make incisions inside or outside the nose. The surgeon may remove bone or cartilage or add tissue to reshape the nose. Immediately after the procedure, you'll have a splint and/or packing inside your nose to help it heal in the correct position. While it’s initially healing, you’ll need to rest and avoid strenuous activity for several weeks.
A closed rhinoplasty is a procedure in which an incision is made on the inside of the nose. This limits access, which limits what can be done. The benefits of a closed rhinoplasty are that it is less invasive, bruising and swelling are minimized, scars are completely hidden, and recovery time is shorter.
An open rhinoplasty is a procedure in which incisions are made on the inside of the nose (as in a closed rhinoplasty), and on the columella, the small area between the nostrils. Because an open rhinoplasty procedure offers greater access to the nose, it is better suited to more precise or complicated cases. Open rhinoplasty is also more invasive than closed rhinoplasty, so comparatively bruising and swelling are greater and the recovery period is a bit longer.
The packing inside your nose can typically be removed after a week. Initial swelling and bruising from a nose job resolves within 1-2 weeks, and that is when most patients can resume work or other low-key activities. More strenuous activities should be avoided until you’re given the all-clear from your surgeon. Full nose job recovery can take up to a year and it’s common within that timeframe for swelling to come and go, especially in the morning.
Good candidates for a nose job are people who are in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the procedure. The ideal candidate is a non-smoker who is over the age of 18, as the nose is still developing in younger patients. One of our board-certified plastic surgeons will evaluate your medical history, examine your nose, and discuss your goals for the procedure to determine if you're a good candidate for a nose job.
Because a nose job is permanent, it's important to choose a qualified and experienced rhinoplasty surgeon who can help you achieve the results you desire. At the Centre for Plastic Surgery, we have years of experience performing nose jobs and other procedures. Schedule a consultation to learn more about how we can help you achieve the look you want.
For those who don’t want the recovery time and commitment of caring for rhinoplasty, a non-surgical nose job may be a good option.
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