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 even find the aesthetic issues with their nose can affect function, as an irregular nasal structure can impair breathing.
Thankfully, you do not have to settle with your nose if you believe it to be aesthetically displeasing or if it does not function properly. Rhinoplasty, a surgical procedure that transforms the shape of the nose, exists. The successful procedure has helped many worldwide gain newfound confidence in their physical appearance by altering the shape and size of their nose.
If you are a resident of Atlanta, GA, or surrounding regions, and are experiencing breathing difficulties or are uncomfortable with your nose’s appearance, please schedule a rhinoplasty consultation at Aesthetic Specialty Centre. We can create a customized treatment plan based on your unique circumstances. Contact us today at 770-393-9000 or visit our contact page.
What Is Rhinoplasty?
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 high patient satisfaction rates.
There are various 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, bringing 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 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.
Suitable Candidates for Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is an excellent procedure for men and women of any skin tone and type unsatisfied with the appearance of their nose. However, there are many other reasons why someone may consider rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is a functional procedure that can be beneficial for patients who broke their noses in the past, which affected how it performs or those born with a condition known as a deviated septum. Regardless if your consideration for rhinoplasty is for cosmetic or medical reasons, Dr. Yune will thoroughly review your concerns and devise a treatment plan that’s well-suited to your needs.
Dr. Yune will also consider the following to ensure your candidacy for rhinoplasty:
- Your desired outcome: While rhinoplasty is a transformative procedure, it’s best to maintain realistic goals and expectations. Your projected results for your new nose will be so that it is suitable for your facial structure.
- Your age: Rhinoplasty is best performed on patients that are past their late teens. While the procedure can be performed on younger patients, it should be done so for functional reasons specifically. For aesthetic purposes, young patients should wait until their facial features have finished growing, so their rhinoplasty best suits their facial structure.
- Your motivation: You should only undergo rhinoplasty if you desire to, not because of someone else. Undergoing any cosmetic surgical procedure for the sake of someone else is not recommended.
- Your health: The procedure should be performed on patients that are physically and mentally well. You should also not be a smoker. Smoking can affect the healing process, so smokers should quit for some time before and after the procedure.
- Your lifestyle: You should be aware that your rhinoplasty will take a significant amount of recovery time, so be prepared to adjust your lifestyle accordingly.
What Are the Benefits of a Rhinoplasty?
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 entirely straight, it can affect both the nose’s appearance 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.
The Rhinoplasty Consultation
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that is best performed by a cosmetic and reconstructive surgery specialist. Dr. Yune is a recognized specialist in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery with many years in the field. He is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon whose goal is to ensure you attain results that you will be proud of to flaunt. You can be certain that you will be heard and understood about your nose concerns during your rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Yune.
During your rhinoplasty consultation, Dr. Yune will review your concerns and goals. His objective for your rhinoplasty is to ensure that it is fitting to your facial structure, so he will carefully examine your nasal profile, nasal tip, cheeks, and the space in between your nose and lips. Whether a closed rhinoplasty or open rhinoplasty is suitable will be discussed, and Dr. Yune will provide you a projection about what your nose will look like after the surgical procedure. Photos may be taken of your nose and profile.
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 simultaneously. Cosmetic rhinoplasty focuses on altering the nose size or width of 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 breathing difficulties and 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 the 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.
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.
It will take some time for your nose to completely heal, preventing final results from being fully realized until then. After your rhinoplasty, you will notice your results continue to improve gradually as swelling decreases. Final results also take a while to be seen because the skin and cartilage will slowly heal until they conform to their new shape. It can take weeks or even months, depending on how much work is done, until your final results will be attained. Slight changes in your nose may occur for up to two years after your rhinoplasty.
When your nose has completely healed, it will remain in its new shape indefinitely. You will experience your rhinoplasty’s functional and cosmetic benefits as breathing will feel more natural, and your nose will be more aesthetically pleasing because it will greatly suit your facial structure. Instead of being a source of discomfort, your nose can potentially become a source of great confidence.
What Is Revision Rhinoplasty?
Revision rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that helps correct undesirable results after an initial rhinoplasty. The surgical procedure typically involves rebuilding the nasal bridge or nasal tip by utilizing cartilage grafts from the septum or ear. Revision rhinoplasty is often performed using the open rhinoplasty method because it allows better access to assess the state of the nasal structure. If you are dissatisfied with your rhinoplasty results, revision rhinoplasty will be a suitable route. The procedure can not be performed until you have entirely healed from your initial rhinoplasty.
What Procedures Can Be Combined With Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that pairs well with several other procedures. Combining your rhinoplasty with additional procedures allows for more comprehensive results. Procedures that work well with rhinoplasty include chin augmentation. The procedure also works well with nonsurgical treatments, including neuromodulators and dermal fillers.
Undergoing chin augmentation, a treatment that creates more excellent contours in this part of your facial structure, can create more excellent uniformity across your face and potentially create a more youthful appearance. Neuromodulators and dermal fillers are treatments that help alleviate your skin of wrinkles that result from constant facial movements and the natural aging process, respectively. Dr. Yune can review these additional treatments and procedures with you during your initial rhinoplasty consultation.
Improve the Shape of Your Nose at Aesthetic Specialty Centre
Your nose is the central facet of your facial structure. In some cases, people can be uncomfortable with their appearance and not feel like their true selves simply because of their nose. Perhaps, you think this way as well. Not to worry, though. Surgical procedures exist that can help boost your confidence by boosting your image.
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 regarding 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.