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Rhinoplasty is a procedure that sculpts the nose, changing its shape and/or size. You may feel that your nose has a hump, is too big, is crooked, or just doesn’t fit your face. Even small changes in the nose can have a noticeable impact on your overall appearance. Our experienced surgeon will ask you how you would like your nose to look. They will then evaluate the structure of your nose and how it relates to the appearance of your face. Your nose is complex and composed of bone, cartilage, fat, and skin. Dr. Coan at CARE will show you which of these components can be changed or altered to reach your goal. We also perform facial morphing to better visualize what your final result may look like.

Candidates for Rhinoplasty

Individuals who may benefit from a rhinoplasty are those who are unhappy with the shape or size of their noses. Ideal candidates include those who are physically healthy and whose facial growth is complete. Most girls’ noses are developed around 14 years old, while boys’ noses are developed around 16 years old. To learn more regarding candidacy and if rhinoplasty is right for you, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

Types of Rhinoplasty

There are two main types of rhinoplasty surgery techniques, including an open rhinoplasty and a closed rhinoplasty. During an open rhinoplasty, an incision will be created across the columella or the skin between the nostrils. During a closed rhinoplasty, all incisions will be created inside the nose. The technique that is right for you will be determined by your surgeon.

How is Rhinoplasty Performed?

Rhinoplasty is performed through a hidden incision under the nose. The skin of the nose is rarely removed in the procedure. Changing the underlying bone and cartilage is all that is necessary to make the change in the outer appearance. With that said, each nose is unique and the amount of reshaping or removal of bone and cartilage requires the type of expertise found at CARE Plastic Surgery. Recovery after rhinoplasty requires a week off of work and school. There will likely be a splint over the nose for the first week and you may have bruising around the eyes and cheeks for 2 weeks. The nose will also be swollen at first but will improve over the ensuing weeks and months.

Rhinoplasty Results

Rhinoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. Following surgery, bruising and swelling are to be expected for the first 1-2 weeks. Most patients can return to school or work after 1-2 weeks, and most other non-contact activities can be resumed after three weeks. Over time, as swelling continues to dissipate, the improvements to the nose will become more noticeable. Be sure to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your surgeon for the best outcomes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a bulbous nose tip?

A bulbous nasal tip tends to have a wide and round shape that lacks definition. Many patients with a bulbous tip may feel that their nose is either too wide or too large for their face. This is one of many common complaints of patients seeking a rhinoplasty. With the appropriate surgical techniques, a bulbous tip can be sculpted to achieve a more defined shape.

How should I sleep after rhinoplasty?

We recommend our patients sleep upright for a minimum of two weeks after their procedure. This serves to minimize overall swelling and to promote a smooth recovery.

Can a nose job make your nose smaller?

A rhinoplasty procedure can serve to decrease the overall size of the nose or certain features of the nose, such as the tip or dorsal hump. It can also be used to modify the angle of the nose, the tip, or other nasal asymmetries.

Can I sleep on my side after rhinoplasty?

We recommend patients sleep elevated, with their head above their heart, for approximately two weeks after rhinoplasty surgery. This is to minimize overall swelling and discomfort.

Can nasal bone be shaped?

In a rhinoplasty procedure, there are several surgical maneuvers and techniques that can be used to modify nasal bone shape and other features of the nose.

Can nasal polyps change shape of nose?

While nasal polyps can block nasal passages, they typically have little to no impact on external nasal appearance.

Can rhinoplasty help sinus problems?

While rhinoplasty can address cosmetic concerns, it can also improve the overall breathing ability of patients. Depending on the anatomic problems, a rhinoplasty can improve sinus issues in some cases. It is important to understand that no rhinoplasty is the same, as every patient’s anatomy is unique.

Can you die from rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a very safe procedure in the right hands, and death from rhinoplasty is extraordinarily rare. When moving forward with this procedure, we highly recommend selecting a board-certified surgeon.

Do nose jobs last forever?

Rhinoplasty is considered a permanent procedure. However, it is important to note that this is the case when rhinoplasty is performed on a fully developed nose. If the procedure is performed at a young age, patients can expect continued growth and development of the nose over time.

Do spreader grafts widen the nose?

Spreader grafts can be used in rhinoplasty to widen the nasal cavity. They can also be very helpful in correcting the middle nasal vault and providing structural support to the middle third of the nose, especially if hump modifications are being made. Spreader grafts can also be used to address nasal asymmetry as well as improve airflow for easier breathing.

What is closed rhinoplasty?

Closed rhinoplasty is a technique that uses incisions completely inside the nasal passages, leaving no external scars. It works best for minor corrections that dont require open access to the underlying structures of the nose.

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