Nose surgery, formally known as rhinoplasty, has been a popular cosmetic surgery procedure for decades. Colloquially known as a nose job, rhinoplasty reshapes the nose to achieve harmony with the rest of the face. This may mean reducing its size, removing a bump on the bridge, or a variety of other changes. Nose surgery can also correct defects, whether congenital or from injury, to enable the patient to breath more efficiently.
What are the goals of rhinoplasty?
Dr. Trovato performs rhinoplasty for a variety of different end goals. Patients have the following reasons for the surgery, among others:
- Establish harmony between the nose and the face
- Alter the width of the nose bridge
- Enhance the nose profile, removing bumps or humps
- Reshape a nasal tip that may be too large, drooping, upturned, or boxy
- Improve the angle of the nose to the mouth
- Reshape or narrow the nostrils
- Correct deviation or asymmetry in the nose
Who are good candidates for a rhinoplasty?
The best candidates for rhinoplasty are those 13 years old and above. Why? The nose is generally fully developed by age 13. The candidate must also be unsatisfied with the current size or shape of his or her nose. But they must be realistic with expectations. A new nose is just that, not an entirely new person.
What happens during a rhinoplasty?
Depending on the extent of the changes being made, rhinoplasty can last from one to two hours. There are two techniques used in the surgery. In a “closed rhinoplasty,” the incisions are hidden within the nostrils. In an “open rhinoplasty,” the incisions are made across the columella, the tissue between the nostrils. In both techniques, Dr. Trovato gradually lifts away the soft tissues that cover the nose. The underlying bone and cartilage are then contoured to the desired shape. If an augmentation is done, the additional cartilage needed may be taken from the patient’s septum. In the case of a deviated septum or injury repair, the septum and the nose’s inner structures will be adjusted to promote proper breathing. The soft tissues are then put back in place and stitched close. If nostril reshaping is desired, it can be done during the final phase of the rhinoplasty.
Results and recovery
For some time after the procedure, rhinoplasty patients can expect some puffiness in the area, nose ache, bruising and swelling, a dull headache, stuffiness, or bleeding. Most of these issues usually pass within two days, and most patients can return to work in about a week.
Days after the surgery, results from the nose surgery will become more apparent, especially after the swelling subsides. However, the swelling may return time and again over that first year after surgery. It can be especially prevalent in the morning, gradually fading throughout the day.
Patients who wear glasses may have to tape their glasses to their foreheads or position them snugly on the cheeks for about seven weeks after the procedure.
What are the risks of rhinoplasty?
There may be minor complications that come with rhinoplasty, yet they are quite rare. Some of these risks include nosebleed, anesthetic reactions, and infection. Dr. Trovato will discuss these risks with you during your consultation.