Would you like to improve the appearance of your nose? Whether you have asymmetry or bridge imperfections, a rhinoplasty could create a more flattering nose for your facial structure.
Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Arcadia, CA, performs a variety of nose surgery procedures to address the most common nasal imperfections. These include corrective surgery, combination nose surgery, and nasal alar reduction. Learn more about the benefits of rhinoplasty procedures below.
What Is Rhinoplasty?
Also known as a nose job, rhinoplasty is a plastic surgical procedure that changes the appearance of the nose by altering the bone and cartilage within the nasal structure. Patients often seek rhinoplasty to resolve common imperfections of the nose, such as the following:
- Prominent bump on the nasal bridge
- Wide nasal bridge
- Insufficient nasal bridge
- Asymmetry of the nostrils
- Enlarged nostrils
- Crooked nasal bridge
- Extended nasal tip
- Downturned nasal tip
While many rhinoplasty procedures are performed for cosmetic purposes, some nose surgeries are performed for functional reasons. Patients who have breathing difficulties due to a deviated septum may seek a corrective rhinoplasty to resolve the malformation. A corrective rhinoplasty might also resolve the effects of a broken nose.
How Does Nose Surgery Improve Overall Facial Appearance?
Rhinoplasty is a popular cosmetic surgery because it can improve the appearance of your entire face. For many patients, their nasal structure is not complementary to their overall facial structure.
When your nasal structure is unflattering, it can impact the way your face appears as a whole. For example, your nasal bridge may be too prominent, taking the focus away from your eyes or cheekbones. Alternatively, a nose with an elongated or downturned nasal tip can distract from your mouth and lips.
The goal of rhinoplasty is to create a nose that fits better with the rest of your face. When nasal imperfections are amended, your nose should blend seamlessly into your appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions About Rhinoplasty
While rhinoplasty is a common procedure, most patients go into the process with many questions. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions that people have when seeking a nose job.
Do I Need to Have a Consultation Beforehand?
Before scheduling any plastic surgical procedure, you must have a consultation with a cosmetic medicine provider to determine whether you are eligible to receive this treatment. Plastic surgery is not the best option for every patient, which makes the consultation appointment an essential part of the process.
During this appointment, we will assess your nasal structure and any irregularities or imperfections you want to be addressed. We will also discuss your desired outcome to determine whether it is achievable. If not, we will talk about alternative procedures or treatments.
An important part of the consultation appointment is reviewing your medical history. You will be asked to provide a thorough and detailed medical history for us to review. We must confirm that there are no relevant medical concerns that could affect your ability to have this surgery.
Are There Different Types of Nose Surgery?
There are various types of nose surgery that can be performed to address specific structural concerns. These include the following:
- Reduction Rhinoplasty: To reduce the size or shape of the nasal bridge
- Rib Cartilage Nose Job: Uses rib cartilage to correct bridge or tip insufficiency
- Columella Veiling: Reduces the portion of cartilage between the nostrils
- Canine Fossa Depression: Corrects deficiencies to the bottom portion of the nose
- Nasal Alar Reduction: Reduces the size of the nostrils
The type of nose surgery you need will be determined during your consultation appointment.
Is Rhinoplasty Performed Under Anesthesia?
Rhinoplasty procedures are performed under general anesthesia for the patient’s optimal comfort. Prior to your nose surgery, you will need to obtain complete medical clearance from your regular physician to ensure you are healthy enough to be put under anesthesia.
How Long Does the Surgery Take?
The duration of a rhinoplasty procedure can vary depending on the patient’s unique needs. Some patients only need minor adjustments to the cartilage, while others need more extensive modifications to the bone, cartilage, and surrounding tissue. Most rhinoplasty procedures fall somewhere between 1.5 hours to 3 hours.
Where Are the Incisions Made?
There are two methods of performing rhinoplasty, which differ in where the necessary incisions are placed. In what is called an “open rhinoplasty,” incisions are made on the exterior of the nose, where they may be outwardly visible.
In a “closed rhinoplasty,” incisions are made entirely inside the nasal cavity, where they will not be outwardly visible. The type of rhinoplasty procedure you have will depend on your nasal structure and desired outcome.
Some rhinoplasty procedures are referred to as “combination nose surgery” because they involve both internal and external incisions. These procedures are typically reserved for cases with severe malformations that need more extensive amendments to the nasal structure.
What Is Rhinoplasty Recovery Like?
After your rhinoplasty, you may need to remain in a plastic surgery aftercare center overnight for monitoring. Most patients are discharged to return home the following day.
For about two weeks following your procedure, you will have splints and bandaging in place to provide the nasal tissues with additional support. For six to eight weeks after your procedure, you should avoid strenuous activities that could result in direct trauma to the surgical site, such as contact sports.
Rhinoplasty at Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa
If you are looking to improve the appearance of your nose, a rhinoplasty procedure is your most effective option. Rhinoplasty nose surgery can correct the most common nasal imperfections and give you a nose that flatters the overall appearance of your face.
Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Arcadia, CA, provides rhinoplasty to help patients reach their aesthetic goals. Contact us today to book your rhinoplasty consultation.