With its prominent location on the center of the face, the nose sets the tone and balance for the rest of the facial features. Disproportionate size, misshapen form or even minor imperfections can disrupt the aesthetic balance and proportions of the face. Some patients may find the aesthetic issues with the nose can also affect function as an irregular nasal structure can impair breathing.
Nose shaping or rhinoplasty can improve the size, shape, tip and curvature of the nose. This procedure is also effective in correcting a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates that can cause difficulty with breathing. Rhinoplasty is one of the most performed plastic surgery procedures today, due to its ability to produce dramatic results and its high patient satisfaction rate.
There are a variety of rhinoplasty techniques available, which allows the team at Aesthetics Specialty Centre to tailor your procedure to your specific needs and desired results. The best candidates for rhinoplasty are men and women age 16 and over that are in relatively good health with robust immune systems. Non-smokers tend to enjoy the best results and the fewest complications. If you smoke, you will be asked to stop smoking a number of weeks before and after surgery to ensure the best possible results.
Rhinoplasty can be performed alone but is often combined with other procedures to achieve even more dramatic results with just one surgery and recovery period. The most common procedure performed with rhinoplasty is chin augmentation, which can bring balance and proportion to the entire facial profile.
There are two basic approaches to rhinoplasty that are offered at Aesthetics Specialty Centre:
Closed Rhinoplasty – The incisions are made inside the nostrils so that there is no visible scarring after the procedure. The drawback to closed rhinoplasty is that it limits the surgeon’s ability to see the surgical area as clearly. However, straightforward rhinoplasty procedures without too much complexity can be successfully performed using this approach.
Open Rhinoplasty – The incision for this technique is made across the tissue separating the nostrils underneath the nose. While this approach does result in a very small visible scar on the underside of the nose, it is a necessary technique to ensure the best possible results for some rhinoplasty procedures.
Rhinoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure using IV sedation or general anesthesia. The surgery typically takes around 1-2 hours to complete, depending on the complexity of the procedure and whether other procedures will be performed at the same time. Cosmetic rhinoplasty focuses on altering the nose size or width or the nostril size and position. The procedure can also be used to enhance the shape and appearance of the nose tip or the bridge of the nose. Functional rhinoplasty corrects difficulties breathing, which can simultaneously improve shape as well.
In some cases, your rhinoplasty might require grafted cartilage or soft tissue or the placement of synthetic implants. This is the case when you need to build up cartilage that has been damaged by injury or previous surgery. This technique may also be used when augmenting an area of the nose to make the size proportionate to the rest of the face. Grafts are generally taken from the septum, ear or ribs. Synthetic implants come in a wide range of shapes and sizes to accommodate nearly any facial structure. Both of these procedures yield permanent results.
Some of the specific concerns rhinoplasty can treat include:
- A nose that is too small or too large for the rest of the face
- A hump or bump on the bridge of the nose
- Nostrils that are too wide
- A bulbous or drooping tip on the nose
Functional rhinoplasty often focuses on correcting a deviated septum, the division between the nasal passages. When the septum is not completely straight, it can affect both the appearance of the nose and the patient’s ability to breathe easily. Rhinoplasty straightens the septum, giving the nose a straighter appearance and allowing the patient to breathe better.
After rhinoplasty, a splint or cast will be placed over the nose to hold it in its new position, minimize swelling and protect it while it heals. The splint generally remains on the nose for 7-10 days. You will have a degree of swelling and bruising after nose reshaping surgery. Bruising around the eyes will subside within 2-5 days, but swelling may take several months to subside fully. We recommend cold compresses and supplements to reduce bruising and relieve the swelling.
Discomfort after rhinoplasty is generally minimal and can be managed effectively with oral pain medication. Sutures inside the nose are absorbable and will disappear on their own within a week or two. Breathing through the nose can be challenging for the first few days after surgery, but will improve over time. In the meantime, it is a good idea to keep plenty of fluids and hard candies on hand to keep the throat moist while you are breathing more out of your mouth.
Rhinoplasty is an effective plastic surgery procedure for changing your nose and enhancing your entire appearance. Contact Aesthetic Specialty Centre Plastic Surgery & Dermatology today at (770) 393-9000 in Roswell or (706) 467-6500 in Greensboro for a consultation on Rhinoplasty. ASC-PSD is conveniently located near Atlanta, Georgia.
*The information about Rhinoplasty was reviewed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Marc E. Yune. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.