Often called a “nose job”, a rhinoplasty is one of the most common and well-known cosmetic procedures. Many patients that seek out rhinoplasties suffer from misshapen or unbalanced noses that harm their facial proportion or profile. Many patients also struggle with breathing or injuries that leave the nose unable to function. Whatever the reason for seeking a rhinoplasty, this procedure can restore balance and proportional aesthetic to the face.
What is a Rhinoplasty?
This procedure is a highly-customized solution to a wide array of nasal problems. This surgery uses incisions to correct nasal cartilage or bone, whether in excess or not. If additional cartilage is needed, it can be taken from the ear or rib. A rhinoplasty can also correct an unfavorable nasal tip or nostrils.
Who is a candidate for a Rhinoplasty?
Anyone who is self-conscious about their nasal profile or shape can consider having it corrected with a rhinoplasty. Patients who suffer from poor breathing due to a deviated septum can also find life-changing results after this procedure. Patients should be healthy and have completed their facial growth in order to ensure the best results after their procedure.
What is the procedure like?
After anesthesia is administered, a predetermined incision will be made either inside the nose or across the columella, or strip of skin between the nostrils. These incisions allow access to the cartilage and bone underneath which can be restructured or straightened, depending on the nature of the procedure. Nostrils can be reshaped with incisions in the natural creases if needed.
Results and Recovery
To help with healing, a splint may be placed inside the nose to support the newly-structured cartilage, as well as bandages to ensure against infection. Pain medications might be prescribed and specific instructions given to aid healing. Some swelling can be expected within the first few weeks, but it may take many months before the nose settles into its new, permanent contour.
If you think you might benefit from a rhinoplasty procedure, contact our office to schedule a consultation and ask questions.