WHAT is Rhinoplasty?
Each year thousands of people undergo surgery of the nose. Nasal surgery may be performed for cosmetic purposes, or a combination procedure to improve both form and function. It also may alleviate or cure nasal breathing problems, correct deformities from birth or injury, or support an aging, drooping nose.
Patients who are considering nasal surgery for any reason should seek a doctor who is a specialist in nasal airway function, as well as plastic surgery. This will ensure that efficient breathing is as high a priority as appearance.
- Incisions are made in the inside of the nose, where they are not visible. In some cases incisions may be made in the area of the skin separating the nostrils.
- Underlying bone and cartilage are sculpted to create the nose’s new shape.
- Skin is re-draped over the nose’s new frame and all incisions are closed.
- After surgery is completed a small cast is placed on the nose to maintain the newly sculpted nasal framework in position. Dr. Zimm does not use nasal packing except in very rare circumstances. Large packs are not used. Small internal silicone splints may be applied for additional support and are usually removed after 7 days.
- Rhinoplasty is a very detailed procedure. The ultimate result depends to a great extent on how your skin heals. Improvement, not perfection, is the goal.
- How your skin heals.
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Peter A. Adamson, M.D., University of Toronto School of Medicine 2011-2012
- Rhinoplasty takes between 2 to 3 hours to complete and is done at the hospital, typically under general anesthesia.
- Full daily activities can be resumed within 2 weeks of surgery, strenuous exercise, within 3 weeks and contact sports, diving or weight lifting after 6 weeks. Also, you can travel (even by airplane) by day 8 of your recovery, and eyeglasses can be worn on the bridge of the nose after 6 weeks.
- Small residual swelling can persist for several weeks and the final refinement can take several months to a full year to settle depending on the thickness and quality of your skin.
- Rhinoplasty can reduce a nose that is too large, narrow a nose that is too wide, straighten a nose that is crooked, eliminate unsightly bumps, reshape the tip and improve the angle between the nose and the upper lip for a more youthful look.
- In certain noses, such as in Asian or African American noses, rhinoplasty can provide a stronger bridge, enhance tip definition and narrow the base for a more defined look.
- It can increase air flow where obstructions in the nose are causing breathing and sinus problems.
- It also decreases concerns and renews one’s self-confidence once an undesirable feature has been corrected.
- The degree of nasal refinement desired.
- The level of function of nasal structures.
- The structure of the nose, both internally and externally.
- How the shape of the nose relates to the overall contour of your face and specific facial features.
- Whether chin augmentation or reduction, in addition to rhinoplasty, may benefit the overall profile.
- Skin texture and thickness.
Can Cosmetic Nasal Surgery Create A “Perfect” Nose?
Aesthetic nasal surgery (rhinoplasty) refines the shape of the nose, bringing it into balance with the other features of the face. Because the nose is the most prominent facial feature, even a slight alteration can greatly improve appearance. (Some patients elect chin augmentation in conjunction with rhinoplasty to better balance their features.) Rhinoplasty alone cannot give you a perfect profile, make you look like someone else, or improve your personal life. Before surgery, it is very important that the patient have a clear, realistic understanding of what change is possible as well as the limitations and risks of the procedure.
Skin type, ethnic background, and age will be among the factors considered preoperatively by the surgeon. Except in cases of severe breathing impairment, young patients usually are not candidates until their noses are fully grown, typically at 15 or 16 years of age.
BEFORE AND AFTER
Frequently asked questions
The ideal age varies depending on the procedure. Some surgeries, like rhinoplasty, are often performed in late teens or early twenties, while others are more common among older adults seeking anti-aging treatments.
When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon in a accredited facility, plastic surgery is generally safe. However, all surgical procedures carry inherent risks, and individual factors also play a role in safety.
Recovery time varies depending on the procedure and individual healing abilities. Some treatments may have minimal downtime, while others may require several weeks of recuperation.
Skilled surgeons strive to provide natural-looking outcomes. Open communication with your surgeon about your expectations and goals is crucial for achieving the results you desire.
Most surgeries result in some scarring, but plastic surgeons aim to minimize scarring through careful incision placement and suturing techniques. Scar management post-surgery can also help.
The cost varies by procedure and location. We do not accept insurance.
It's crucial to select a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in the specific procedure you're interested in. Reading reviews, checking credentials, and scheduling consultations can help with this decision.