Rhinoplasty is a reliable solution for both aesthetic and functional nose problems. As a commonly administered procedure, results from rhinoplasty are long-lasting and continue to improve after the treatment is completed.
What Is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure used to reshape the nose. Also called a nose job, rhinoplasty can be used for either aesthetic or functional reasons and may involve cartilage, skin, and/or bone in the nose. The extent of the procedure will depend on your unique concerns.
During rhinoplasty, your surgeon will make an incision either at the base of your nose or on the inside of your nose. Then, they’ll remove or reposition sections of cartilage and/or bone as needed. If cartilage needs to be added to the nose, it can be transferred from deep within your nose or ear; or, for major changes to the nose, cartilage may be transferred from a different area of your body, such as your rib.
Why Is Rhinoplasty Performed?
Rhinoplasty may be performed to address a wide variety of nose concerns, including:
- An asymmetrical nose
- A nose that is out of proportion to the rest of the face
- Nostrils that are asymmetrical or out of proportion to the nose
- Excessive width at the bridge of the nose
- Ridges or bumps on the bridge of the nose
- Abnormalities at the tip of the nose (bulging, sagging, hooked, etc.)
- A deviated septum, which can cause congestion or inhibit breathing
- Other structural issues in the nose, either from birth or from an injury
In the weeks after surgery, it’s important to let your nose heal, so you’ll likely be advised to avoid strenuous physical activity for several weeks after the procedure. Also, you’ll need to be careful not to blow your nose, make facial expressions that exacerbate the facial muscles, or pull shirts up over your face. Protect your nose with sunscreen when you go outside and avoid wearing glasses that rest on your nose.
It’s normal to experience swelling, congestion, and minor bleeding after the surgery. After your doctor has removed the initial bandages, you may need to keep a small section of gauze secured under your nose to manage bleeding and mucus.
After you’ve recovered from rhinoplasty, you’ll enjoy permanent improvement to the appearance and/or functionality of your nose. Contact us today to learn more about rhinoplasty and the benefits it can provide to eligible patients.