The nose is the central point of the face, so when it is not in harmony with the rest of the facial features, it stands out. Nose surgery, also known as rhinoplasty or nose job, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can reshape and sculpt the nasal tissues to improve the size, projection, angle, and shape of the nose. Any number of nasal deformities can be addressed with rhinoplasty. These include a large nose, a crooked nose, a bulky or boxy tip, or a nose with a hump. Rhinoplasty continues to be one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States.
Rhinoplasty surgery is performed in one of two ways. There is the open approach where a small incision is placed at the base of the nose as well as inside the nose. This approach allows for more significant reshaping of the cartilage. The other option is the endonasal procedure, using incisions made entirely inside the nose to avoid visible scarring. Both techniques are available at Shaddix Plastic Surgery, and your particular situation will help determine which is best for achieving your aesthetic goals.
Rhinoplasty surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia and you will be able to return home the same day. During the rhinoplasty procedure, small incisions are made within the nose and sometimes across the base or columella. These incisions allow exposure of the underlying nasal support structures of cartilage and bone. Each portion of the bone and cartilage can be expertly manipulated by Dr. Shaddix to reshape the nose. Many times, a segment of the septal cartilage will be used to make grafts that help to further refine the nasal shape.
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Following rhinoplasty surgery, you should plan on a week of rest and time off work. During this week, you will have a splint placed on the outside of your nose. Dr. Shaddix, in almost all cases, is able to avoid placing nasal splints internally, as they can be very bothersome to patients. The external splint will be removed one week after surgery. All sutures are absorbable so there will be no need for their removal. You should avoid wearing eyeglass during your recovery and opt for contacts instead. The discomfort after rhinoplasty can be minimized with medication prescribed by Dr. Shaddix. Swelling after rhinoplasty can be significant in the first few days and linger for several months. You should keep your head elevated to decrease the swelling in the first few days. Though much of the swelling will resolve within a month or two, it may take a full year to reach your final results. As with all surgery at Shaddix Plastic Surgery, you will be given detailed before-and-after surgery instructions, and Dr. Shaddix will be available to answer questions and guide you along the way.
Can rhinoplasty help sinus problems?
A functional rhinoplasty straightens a deviated septum and opens up the airways which will help with sinus problems.
Does your voice change after rhinoplasty?
After your rhinoplasty, there will be no noticeable changes to your voice.
Do nose jobs last forever?
Your nose job permanently restructures the nose and the results will usually last but is possible that aging will cause your nose to droop years after the procedure.
Can nasal bone be shaped?
Yes. During your rhinoplasty, your surgeon will break or shave down the nasal bone to reposition it and reshape your nose.
How long are you swollen after rhinoplasty?
Visible swelling will reduce in about two weeks after rhinoplasty but it may take about 6 weeks for your face to appear completely normal. Depending on how well your body heals, it can take your nose anywhere from 3 months to over a year to heal.
Do spreader grafts widen the nose?
Spreader grafts open up the nasal valves so although they widen the interior nasal pathways, they are rarely wide enough to widen your nose externally.