Rhinoplasty 101: The Basics of Getting a Nose Job

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Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgeries and can improve a patient’s perception of their appearance and self-esteem.

If you’re considering rhinoplasty but unsure of what it involves, you may feel a little intimidated and anxious. Here’s everything you need to know before you talk to your doctor about rhinoplasty.

What is Rhinoplasty

Often referred to as a nose job, rhinoplasty is a cosmetic nose reshaping procedure performed by a plastic surgeon. The goal of rhinoplasty is to improve the overall appearance of your nose to increase facial harmony. A rhinoplasty procedure can improve your breathing by correcting structural defects inside the nose, such as a deviated septum.

Rhinoplasty surgery can correct a variety of shape and size issues with your nose. Here are some common reasons patients consider nose reshaping surgery:

  • A hump or bump on the bridge of the nose
  • Nostrils that are too large, too wide, or too narrow
  • An asymmetrical or crooked nose
  • A nose that is too large or too small
  • A nasal tip that is bulbous, upturned, drooping, or hooked

If you have a deviated septum, a rhinoplasty procedure can help. Your plastic surgeon will need to carefully evaluate the structures inside your nose to determine what is causing your breathing to be obstructed. They can then adjust the nasal structure to produce better alignment.

Who is a Good Rhinoplasty Candidate?

Before a plastic surgeon can perform a rhinoplasty, your facial growth must be complete. Most patients must be at least 16 years old to qualify for a rhinoplasty procedure.

If you are considering rhinoplasty, you should be relatively healthy as it is a surgical procedure. You should discuss the procedure with your doctor so you can set realistic expectations for the healing process and results.

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What to Expect at a Plastic Surgery Consultation?

Plastic surgeons offer consultations to get to know you as a patient better. It’s an opportunity for you to ask questions and understand the personal aspects of your surgery.

You should discuss your medical history and what cosmetic changes you desire. The doctor might measure your facial features and can explain what options are available to you. They can explain the benefits and risks of the surgical procedure and the length of the recovery process.

How is Rhinoplasty Performed?

Rhinoplasty is generally done as an outpatient procedure. Most patients can come home the same day as the procedure after a brief recovery. The rhinoplasty procedure should only be done by a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Before surgery, the patient will receive anesthesia. Depending on the procedure, the patient may receive general anesthesia, remaining asleep for the entire duration. Some patients will receive only local anesthesia and be conscious during the procedure.

The surgery begins when the surgeon makes small incisions in the skin. A closed rhinoplasty hides the incisions inside the nose. In an open rhinoplasty, the incisions are made across the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils, called the columella.

The surgeon then reshapes the physical nose structure according to the treatment plan. This may involve shaving down bone on the bridge of the nose or removing cartilage. Highly specialized tools are used to increase accuracy and minimize the potential for trauma.

Once the surgeon is satisfied, they close the incision. The nose is then packed with sterile gauze to reduce swelling and help the nose keep its new shape. The outside of the nose may be supported by a splint to help it heal properly.

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How to Recover from Rhinoplasty

The first few days after your surgery, your nose is protected by packing material and a splint. During this time, you should sleep with your head elevated to reduce swelling. Patients can use ice to reduce pain and inflammation and should try not to use their facial muscles much. It’s a good idea to wear clothes that don’t go over your head to avoid jostling the nose, such as a button-up shirt or wrap dress.

After the bandages are removed, you will likely still have significant facial swelling and may notice some bruising. This should subside after a few weeks. During the first year after your nose job, you may notice that swelling comes and goes or is worse in the morning. This is a normal part of the healing process as it can take up to a year for your nasal contour to fully refine after a nose job.

Rhinoplasty surgery is not without risk. You may suffer an injury during the operation, or your recovery may not go as expected, and you might need a revision to correct the appearance of your nose. Regular check-ins and following your surgeon’s recovery plan can help you through the recovery process.

How to Choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for Rhinoplasty

Most patients considering rhinoplasty should consult with at least two different plastic surgeons before making a decision. Before meeting for a consultation, you can browse their website for photos of past procedures to see if you like their work.

You want to find an experienced surgeon who makes you comfortable. Dr. Perry Gdalevitch at Phi Surgery can help you achieve your functional and aesthetic goals while ensuring your safety and wellbeing. Her practice is centred on respecting the natural proportions of your body to let your inner beauty shine through.