What Can Rhinoplasty Improve?
The bridge of the nose is the most common area that people wish to correct. Many people feel as though their nasal bridge protrudes or recedes too far into their face. When the problem is a nasal hump, your surgeon can address this feature by removing cartilage from inside the nose. If the problem is a nasal bridge that curves inward too starkly, then additional cartilage or an implant can be used to create a better shape.
Even if the structure of the nose is perfectly harmonious, many people would still like to adjust the size of their nostrils. Nostrils that are too small can be widened to create a more open appearance, while nostrils that are overly large can be pulled more closely together. When making adjustments to the nasal bridge or tip, patients may want to also consider readjusting the nostrils to fit the new nasal appearance.
The tip of the nose can be especially problematic. If the nose is the focal point of the face, then the tip might as well be a painted target for everyone to focus their attention on. Some people may dislike how upward the end of their nose projects or how bulbous it appears, while others may wish for a more projected, defined nasal tip. In either case, your surgeon can address the aesthetic issues during rhinoplasty to create a nasal appearance that balances with your face.
When this technique is used, the incision for the rhinoplasty is made across the strip of tissue that separates the nostrils. This procedure provides the most access to the rest of the nose, which makes it easier for your surgeon to operate and provide the best results possible. The cost is a small scar that will become virtually invisible as it fades over the course of a year or two.
In this method, the incision for the rhinoplasty is made inside the nose. While this does prevent any noticeable scarring from developing, it provides restricted access to the parts of the nose that your surgeon needs to operate on. If you would prefer to remove the possibility of having any visible scarring, a closed approach might be your best choice.
It is normal to experience minor swelling and discomfort immediately after surgery. Most of these symptoms will subside within the first week. Your surgeon will likely use packing or a nose splint to preserve the shape of your new nose. You should make sure you are getting plenty of rest to allow your body to heal.
If you and your surgeon decide to go with a closed approach, then there will be no visible scarring since the incisions are made inside your nose. If you go with an open approach, the incision on the underside of your nose between your nostrils is minimal and will fade to become virtually invisible within a year.
The cost of your rhinoplasty will depend on the surgical, facility, and anesthesia fees. You will receive a detailed price quote from your surgeon after your consultation. Qualifying patients are eligible for financing options.
You may experience minor pain and discomfort after your procedure, but these can all be addressed with over-the-counter or prescription medication.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for rhinoplasty?
If you are a non-smoker in generally good health with realistic expectations for the surgery, you could be a strong candidate for rhinoplasty to correct the appearance of your nose.
How should I prepare for nose surgery?
You should immediately stop smoking and taking any medications or natural supplements that are anti-inflammatory.
What are the risks associated with rhinoplasty?
While the safety of plastic surgery improves every day, there are some general risks associated with all surgeries. Those risks include adverse anesthesia reactions, infection, poor wound healing, skin discoloration, and swelling.
How long will my rhinoplasty results last?
Because your nose is not in a perpetual state of major growth, your rhinoplasty procedure results are permanent.