The nose is a central facet of our facial features, and as such, it’s one of the first things that is noticeable about a person’s physical appearance. Because of this, it’s no wonder that it plays a prominent role in our aesthetic appeal.

Even though there is no such thing as the perfect nose – aesthetic appeal is subjective – there are certain traits that are undesirable. To correct these aesthetic nasal issues, many people come in for rhinoplasty surgery.

Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, is a procedure to reshape aspects of the nose. This can include enlarging it, making it smaller, and altering angles, bumps, and the nasal tip. A good nose job can not only improve facial aesthetics but also improve self-esteem and confidence from having acquired one’s desired appearance. For patients, a better nose is really something to look forward to.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure

The surgery can be done using local anesthesia or general anesthesia depending on your preference and that of the facial plastic surgeon. Most surgeons suggest general anesthesia, as it lets them protect the patient’s airway during the surgery.

During the procedure, incisions are made, through which the surgeon will access the cartilage and bones supporting the nose. There are two incision techniques that can be used: closed rhinoplasty and open rhinoplasty. In closed rhinoplasty, the surgeon will make incisions inside the nose, and in open rhinoplasty, the incisions will be made on the columella, the soft tissue separating the nostrils on the outside of the nose.

Depending on what the aim of the surgery is, bone and cartilage may either be removed, reshaped, or augmented in order to resize or reshape the nose. Augmentation techniques often involve autologous tissue grafts.

After the necessary alterations, the skin and other tissue are placed back over the nasal structure, and a splint or cast is put in place to support the new shape. Nasal packing may also be placed in the nostrils to stabilize the septum.

Rhinoplasty Recovery and Results

It’s normal to experience a degree of swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the eyes after rhinoplasty surgery. Cold compresses can help reduce swelling and pain, and your surgeon will probably prescribe some pain medication as well.

The supportive splint or cast, nasal packing, and bandages will be removed in a week’s time, and breathing should become much more comfortable at this point. The swelling and bruising should subside within two weeks.

During recovery, sleeping on your back is necessary so as to not apply pressure on and accidentally distort the newly remodelled nose. It is advisable to stay away from vigorous activity for at least two weeks as recommended by your doctor.

Your Consultation

A nose job is a permanent solution, so it is important to be certain that it is what you want before getting one. Speak to patients who have had the procedure done and discuss your needs and goals thoroughly with your surgeon during your consultation.

To make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Jen Chow, who is double-board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as head and neck surgery, contact us today.