Nose surgery or nose job, which is clinically known as rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to enhance the appearance and proportion of the nose and improving the overall facial harmony. In some cases, the procedure may also be used to correct obstructions in breathing that may have been caused due to structural anomalies in the nose or other reasons.
Nasal plastic surgery can help restore and reconstruct the original shape of the nose that may have been damaged due to an injury. If a previous surgery has resulted in unsatisfactory results or misshaping of the nose, a revision rhinoplasty can be performed to correct the condition.
Changes Possible with Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
Rhinoplasty procedure may be recommended by a cosmetic surgeon such Dr. Hubbard to achieve changes in one or more of the following conditions as per the patient’s individual needs:
- Size of the nose in proportion to other facial features
- Width of the nose at the nasal bridge
- Nose profile, which may include conspicuous depressions or humps on the nasal bridge
- Tip of the nose, which may be drooping, upturned, large, or bulbous
- Wide, large, or upturned nostrils
- Deviated or asymmetrical nose
Dr. Hubbard is an experienced plastic surgeon providing rhinoplasty procedure to his patients in Plano, Frisco, Dallas, and nearby areas. He will first evaluate the patient’s health condition, facial anatomy, condition of the nose and the patient’s personal aesthetic goals before recommending the most appropriate treatment approach which could include rhinoplasty or a combination of procedures.
The rhinoplasty surgeon is the best judge to determine whether a particular patient is a fit candidate for this procedure. The decision on this treatment is taken after considering the patient’s current health, medical history and previous surgeries, and in close consultation to understand the patient’s aesthetic needs and aspirations. In general, a person with the following attributes may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty:
- The patient’s facial growth is complete and he or she is at least 13 years of age or older.
- The patient is in good physical health.
- The patient does not smoke or is committed to quitting smoking several weeks before and after the surgery.
- The patient is unhappy with his or her existing shape or condition of the nose.
- The patient has realistic expectations from the procedure.
Nose Job Procedure
Rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery may be performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on the surgeon’s decision in a particular case. The surgery may be performed as a closed or an open procedure. In the closed surgery option, the incisions will remain hidden inside the nose.
In an open surgery, an incision will be made discreetly across the columella, which is a narrow strip of tissue separating the nostrils. Through the incision, the plastic surgeon will gently raise the soft tissue that covers the nose to gain access to reshape the underlying structure of the nose.
The procedure may also involve the use of a cartilage grafted from other parts of the body to augment or reduce nasal structures. If the septum is deviated, the cosmetic surgery procedure will be aimed at straightening it and reducing the projections inside the nose to facilitate breathing.
Once the underlying nose structure has been sculpted to achieve the required shape, the skin and tissue are re-draped over the nose and incisions are closed. The procedure may involve additional incisions in the natural creases, if alteration of the size of nostrils is required.
Results and Recovery
The cosmetic surgeon will advise instructions to be followed during the recovery period, which may last for about one week. It may take a few weeks for the initial swelling to subside, but the full effects of rhinoplasty will appear gradually. It may take up to a year for the new nasal contour to refine completely.
The outcome with rhinoplasty is usually permanent. However, the cartilage may continue to change shape and move tissue that could alter the appearance of the nose over a long period of time. The results are predictable with rhinoplasty as long as the procedure is performed by a skilled surgeon with sufficient experience in nose surgeries.
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