The nose is probably the most important facial feature along the face, considering its placement in the direct center of all your other facial features – it plays a key role in your facial aesthetic. Depending on its size, shape, and orientation it can either help or hurt the appearance of other features, and throw off your facial harmony. Considering this, the nose job or rhinoplasty has become one of the most important facial surgery techniques over the past few decades.
What is a Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, sometimes referred to as a “nose job” or “nose reshaping” by patients, enhances facial harmony and the proportions of your nose. It can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose. The procedure is designed to treat and improve a number of different aspects of the nose and face overall, including:
- The overall size in relation to other facial features.
- The width of the bridge and nostrils, as well as their overall positioning.
- The nasal profile, and a visible “hump” that might appear.
- The tip of the nose – whether it appears large or bulbous, drooping or hooked.
- The overall symmetry of the nose.
- The form and function of the nose – including deviations of the septum.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Rhinoplasty?
A good candidate for a nose job is someone who is suffering from issues including:
- A flattened nose, either from birth or as a result of some trauma.
- An overly broad bridge.
- Either a tip that is too pointed or too rounded.
- A nose that is bulbous in appearance.
- A nose that is disproportionately long compared to one’s other facial features.
- A dorsal hump deformity.
- Injury to the septum, a deviation in one’s septum or another part of the nose.
- A wide or mismatching set of nostrils
- Breathing issues due to an obstruction in the nasal pathways.
As well as someone who is in good overall physical and mental health, has reasonable expectations for surgery, and someone who is a nonsmoker.
Before the procedure, your surgeon will create a specific plan for correction as all Rhinoplasty procedures are unique to each patient and their specific needs. Rhinoplasty is done using two separate approaches, open and closed. After examination, it will be determined which course of action will be best.
Open Rhinoplasty – This is the most common of the procedures. An incision is made within the nasal cavity and at the base of the septum, between the nostrils. The skin is then pulled back, and nasal cartilage and bone are exposed. This allows your surgeon additional access to the nasal structure and is usually recommended when more extensive correction is required. Very little scarring.
Closed Rhinoplasty – This procedure eliminates the third incision at the septum and is performed entirely within the nasal cavity. The cartilage and bone are accessed similarly to the open procedure, albeit on a smaller scale. While the level of correction is far less, this method offers less swelling and faster healing. Without any visible scarring.
Recovery & Aftercare
Once the procedure is completed, you will likely be given a splint or some type of packing within the nose, as well as bandages used to keep the new position or structure intact. Other important things to know include:
- You will be in some pain – and pain medication will help you to mitigate these symptoms.
- Avoid strenuous activities or exercise for the first few weeks, or activities that may lead to trauma to the nose.
- Rest is vital, get as much as possible.
- Goals will provide you special compression bandages or splints to protect the new nasal structure.
- Symptoms like bruising, swelling, and redness are normal.
- Its important to eat, drink, and sleep as much as possible.
- The initial swelling will subside within a few weeks, however your final results can take anywhere from 6-12 months to fully take shape.
- During the first 6-12 months, there will be swelling on and off, and you will slowly notice more gradual changes.
For more information on your Rhinoplasty procedure, be sure to contact Goals Plastic Surgery today.