Uncover Rhinoplasty Options to Change the Look of a Wide Nose

Posted February 14, 2019
Learn nose surgery Options to Change the Look of a Wide Nose

Rhinoplasty, AKA a nose job, is performed to change the size, shape and appearance of the nose of a patient. The surgery can also be performed to improve the functionality of the nose so a patient is able to breathe easier. Many patients that have a wide nose undergo rhinoplasty in order to change the look of a nose that is too wide.  The appearance of the nose has often bothered patients for years and they want to make a change in its look so they feel better about its appearance and improve their self-confidence.

Cosmetic Town TV is often asked about solutions for addressing a wide nose. Check out our in-depth look at the medical options to change the look of a wide nose:

Traditional Rhinoplasty

The traditional form of rhinoplasty can be performed using an open or closed technique.

Open rhinoplasty is when a surgeon makes an incision along the columella which is the soft tissue located between the nostrils. The skin is lifted so the surgeon can get a clear view of the lower nasal skeleton and better access to the cartilage and bone that support the nose. After the desired alterations have been completed, the skin is re-draped over the nasal structure and sutures are used to close any incisions made by the surgeon.

Closed rhinoplasty is when the doctor makes incisions inside the nostrils. Once the incisions are made, the surgeon is able to remove, or alter, the cartilage and bone located in the nose.

The cost of either of these techniques can run in the range of $6000-$15,000. The final cost depends on the technique used by the surgeon, the amount of work that needs to be performed and whether insurance covers any of the cost of the surgery. If the changes made to the nose are performed for functional reasons, insurance might cover some of the cost of the surgery.

Patients that undergo open or closed rhinoplasty vary in their recovery time. The amount of recovery also depends on the technique used by the doctor and the complexity of the surgery. Regardless of the technique used by the doctor, patients can expect some swelling and bruising for the first few weeks after surgery. There will also be some puffiness around the eyes. A splint might be placed on the nose to help it maintain its new shape.  Any nasal packing, along with the splint, will be removed after 5-7 days.

The final results might not be visible for up to 12 months as it can take that long for the swelling to completely go away and the nasal contours to become fully refined. The final results are permanent but injury or trauma to the nose can void the results.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Using Fillers

Patients that do not want to have surgical rhinoplasty can achieve the change they desire in the nose with non-surgical rhinoplasty using fillers. A numbing cream is applied to the area to be treated and then a fine needle is used to place micro-droplets of dermal filler under the skin. The filler is then molded into the desired shape after the injections.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty can be performed using either permanent or temporary fillers. Temporary fillers last for a year or two before they are absorbed back into the body. Permanent fillers are not absorbed back into the body and they stay in place for many years. Some of the most common permanent fillers used for non-surgical rhinoplasty include Radiesse, Voluma and Bellafill. Depending on the type of permanent filler used by the surgeon, the results of Radiesse and Voluma last anywhere from 12-24 months while Bellafill results can last 10 years or more.

The cost of non-surgical rhinoplasty is in the range of $700-$2500. The final cost depends on the type of filler used, the amount of filler placed in the nose and any fees charged by the doctor or the facility.

In terms of recovery time, patients can expect some redness at the injection site and also some minor bruising. The tip of the nose might be tender as well. Most patients can return to work immediately after the procedure.

Consult with a Board-Certified Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Patients interested in undergoing rhinoplasty should consult with a board-certified surgeon. The doctor will perform a complete examination of the patient in order to determine the best option to provide the results desired by the patient. The doctor will then perform the chosen rhinoplasty surgery to alter the appearance of the nose and give the patient the shape and contour of the nose they have been dreaming about enjoying,



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