A rhinoplasty surgery, more commonly known as a nose-job, is designed to correct problems with the nose and provide it with a new and improved shape while also correcting functional issues.

The nose is one of the most vital facial features that defines one’s entire facial appearance. When there are visible deformities, your entire look may be put into jeopardy. Thankfully, rhinoplasty is effective in correcting all forms of nasal trauma, congenital defects, and any other respiratory issues one may suffer from.

A rhinoplasty is designed to:

  • Adjust the size of the nose to match the overall proportions of the face.
  • Enhance the size and position of the nostrils along with the width of the bridge.
  • The overall profile of the nose or any visible bumps or irregularities.
  • Enlarged or protruded nasal tips and hooked or drooping nose ends.
  • Flared or overly-widened nostrils.
  • Nasal asymmetry.

While opting for Rhinoplasty, potential patients must keep in mind that every face has some inherent asymmetry which cannot be fixed with a simple nose job. While the results may not be absolutely 100% symmetric it will lead to an improvement in the overall symmetry and appearance of the face.

Types of Rhinoplasty

There are two basic types of Rhinoplasty: open and closed. In an open Rhinoplasty, the surgeon typically makes small incisions to gain access to the entire treatment area. This method is used for problems that require extensive correction.

In a closed rhinoplasty surgery, the surgeon makes a number of incisions within the interior of the nose only. This method is less extensive and is used to correct minor problems. Any resulting post-surgical marks will be reduced as well.

Post Operation Conditions

After the surgery is completed, patients will need to put on a nose splint for the first week to keep the nose stable and protected. There may be some initial swelling and bruising during the first six months. This will reside overtime, but you can speed up the process by applying ice packs regularly.

The complete results of the of the nose job are evident only after complete recovery (which takes about six months). Any kind of physically-intensive activities should be avoided during the first six weeks after the surgery to help decrease the risk of reinjuring the sensitive nose. One can expect to return to their normal daily routine within two to three weeks.

Preparing For The Surgery

Before undergoing the surgery, you will need to schedule a consultation with a skilled plastic surgeon. During this consultation, you will need to provide your full medical history to help the surgeon make sure you are a good fit for the procedure. The over structure of your face will also be analyzed to help customize the procedure to fit your unique facial structure.

You will need to make sure you stop smoking and drinking for a few weeks before and after the procedure. You will also be required to stop taking certain medications as they can cause issues to arise during the surgery and problems during the recovery process. Your doctor can talk to you about the steps you should take leading up to the surgery and let you know how to prepare for recovery.

Contact Our Office

A rhinoplasty can help eliminate visual defects and functional problems within the nose. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Jen Chow to learn more about the surgery and if you will make a good candidate.