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Rhinoplasty, which is more commonly referred to as a nose job, is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the nose, resulting in an overall more harmonious appearance to the entire face. Rhinoplasty is an incredibly common procedure that hundreds of thousands of people opt to undergo each year.
Anesthesia or sedation is always administered prior to the surgery to ensure little discomfort. The treatment may be done inside the nose or through an incision at the base of your nose, between your nostrils. During the procedure, the surgeon readjusts the bone and cartilage underneath your skin and may use cartilage grafts to change the size and definition of the nose.
When performing a rhinoplasty, surgeons use one of two techniques: Closed or Open Rhinoplasty. In the first technique, the incision is either made within the nostrils, thus hiding scars after surgery, and in the second one, the incision is made across the columella (the vertical strip of tissue separating the nostrils) in an "open" procedure, where scars are small and hidden on the underside of the base. In both these procedures, the skin is lifted, the bone and cartilage are sculpted, and the skin replaced and stitched closed. Most people will need to wear a nasal splint the first week post-op to help their nose heal properly.
A rhinoplasty involves manipulating the skin, bone, and cartilage of the nose to reshape, refine, and resize it. Your surgeon will work with you to create a customized plan for your nose that will bring symmetry to your face while also complementing your existing features. The most common goals that a rhinoplasty achieves are reshaping the nose tip, smoothing or modifying the nose bridge, modifying the size of the nose, and modifying the nostrils. Rhinoplasty is considered a more challenging procedure and it is important to choose the right surgeon for you.
Rhinoplasty can treat a number of nose-related concerns that a patient may have. The main goals of a rhinoplasty are to change the size, shape, or angle of the nose to create facial harmony and symmetry. Sometimes, rhinoplasty can be used to correct a previous rhinoplasty the patient was unsatisfied with or correct damage caused by trauma or injury. Rhinoplasty can also be used as a method of correcting a deviated septum or other structural issues with the nose. The results of a rhinoplasty are permanent.
In some cases, a rhinoplasty may be medically necessary to accompany either sinus surgery or a septoplasty to help a patient breathe correctly. These procedures can sometimes be covered either partially or fully by insurance, however BeautyFix only offers cosmetic rhinoplasty that is not able to be covered by insurance.
After the procedure, patients should expect to limit their daily activities for two to six weeks in order to recover. People are usually back to performing most lightweight activities after a week while resuming all activities after two to four weeks.
A good candidate for rhinoplasty is considered someone who has realistic expectations for their procedure and is in good health. While these signs are typical indicators of a good candidate, a consultation with a surgeon is needed to determine if someone is truly a good candidate for this procedure.
Swelling from the procedure can persist for many months. In some cases, it can take up to a full year until the nose contours have settled and a patient sees their full results, so patience is needed for ultimate satisfaction from this surgery.
Every surgery has risks, but rhinoplasty is generally considered a safe procedure and complications are rare. Doing your research and booking with an experienced surgeon can minimize the risks.
Scars can occur from a rhinoplasty depending on the method your surgeon uses. An open rhinoplasty can leave small scars on the columella (the vertical strip of tissue separating the nostrils) while a closed rhinoplasty never leaves a scar. It is important to discuss the method used with your surgeon prior to the surgery so your expectations are clear and can be met.
Rhinoplasty patients usually experience some swelling, bruising, discomfort, and numbness for the first week or so after surgery. These are the most common side effects of rhinoplasty procedures, although sometimes more serious complications can occur. Post-op swelling can take many months to resolve, although most people stop noticing it after a couple of weeks.
At BeautyFix, all rhinoplasty procedures are purely cosmetic and cannot be covered by insurance as they do not provide any health benefits.
Rhinoplasty procedures at BeautyFix are always outpatient, meaning you will go home once the surgery is complete to recover.