Rhinoplasty, AKA a nose job, is a procedure that is performed to enhance, alter or reduce the size and shape of the nose. The surgery can also reduce or eliminate bumps on the nose, raise or lower the bridge of the nose and address breathing issues that the patient is suffering from and wants to eliminate. The goal of rhinoplasty is not to simply provide the nose with a smaller appearance. The goal is to also balance the nostril size and tip of the nose along with improving the nasal function and support of the nose through methods such as cartilage grafts that can change the framework of the nose.
Open rhinoplasty is when the surgeon makes the incisions for the surgery on the outside of the nose. While the patient will be able to enjoy the desired results, any incision scars might be visible to others viewing the nose after rhinoplasty.
Closed rhinoplasty is sometimes called “scarless rhinoplasty” because any incisions that are made by the surgeon are hidden inside the nose of the patient.
When it comes to choosing a surgeon experienced in performing rhinoplasty, there are a number of questions that patients should ask before making the final decision to have the procedure. These questions include:
Some of the most common issues that can be addressed by rhinoplasty include:
During the recovery period after rhinoplasty, patients can expect some bruising that will last for around two weeks. It can take up to a year for the swelling to completely subside and the final results to be visible to the patient as well as others viewing the nose. Patient will feel some discomfort after the surgery but they will not experience very much in the way of pain.
The results from a rhinoplasty surgery should be permanent which means the results will last a lifetime. However, the results can be altered or impacted if the patient does not follow the post-op instructions or if the person suffers some sort of accident or trauma to the nose.
The results of rhinoplasty surgery are natural in appearance but there are times when a patient is not happy with the final results of the surgery. If the patient is not pleased with the way the nose looks after the procedure, a surgeon can perform revision rhinoplasty in order to make further changes to the nose.
In order to avoid being disappointed with the final results of the procedure, patients need to discuss their desired final results with the surgeon. The doctor can set realistic expectations so the patient will not be surprised or disappointed by the final appearance of the nose.