If you’re unhappy with the size or appearance of your nose, you may be a good candidate for a rhinoplasty procedure. Commonly referred to as a nose job, this surgical treatment can help reshape the nose to make it more symmetrical with your facial features. Rhinoplasty has a high rate of patient satisfaction, which demonstrates why it consistently remains one of the most popular surgical procedures year after year.
What is a Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, or surgery to reshape the nose, is performed to improve its appearance and proportion in relation to your facial features. It may also be done in conjunction with a procedure performed to relieve nasal airway obstruction, due to an internal deformity, called a septoplasty. You’ll discuss your rhinoplasty goals with Dr. Greenberg before the procedure is performed.
The best candidates for rhinoplasty are those who are in good general physical and emotional health, desire an improvement in the appearance of their nose and have a clear, realistic understanding of the expectations and the limitations of the surgery. All candidates should be healthy nonsmokers with realistic expectations for this procedure.
How Does It Work?
At the initial rhinoplasty consultation, your goals and expectations about the rhinoplasty nose surgery procedure will be discussed in detail. The appearance and structure of your nose will be evaluated as well as the factors that can influence the procedure and its results. These factors may include any history of nasal trauma or breathing difficulties, the shape of your face, the thickness of your skin and your age.
Rhinoplasty is performed in our accredited in-office surgical facility on an outpatient basis. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia. The procedure takes between 1-3 hours depending upon the extent of surgery.
Rhinoplasty may be performed via a “closed” approach where all incisions are made inside the nose and non-visible or via an “open” approach where a small incision is placed on the columella (the skin between the nostrils). Other external incisions may be used if the shape of the nostrils is to be improved. The scars from these incisions are usually inconspicuous over time. A small external splint helps to support and protect the nose for approximately 1 week after surgery.
You’ll begin to see what your new nose will look like about a month or two after surgery when the majority of swelling and bruising have subsided. Keep in mind that final results usually aren’t visible until about a year after the surgery.
Swelling and bruising of the nose and around the eyes is to be expected after surgery. This will subside within 2-3 weeks. The splint and any external sutures are removed within one week. Most rhinoplasty patients can return to work within one week and resume normal activities within 2 weeks. Specific instructions will be given.
If you’d like to learn more, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Scott A. Greenberg at Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Winter Park, FL (serving the Central Florida area). 407-644-3137