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Rhinoplasty

Being at the center of our face the nose is, without a doubt, a major aspect of our overall appearance. That is why rhinoplasty is one of the most performed cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in the United States. Rhinoplasty, informally known as nose job, is a cosmetic procedure that aims to reshape and enhance the appearance of the nose. Nose reshaping surgery can also be performed for medical reasons such as correcting nasal deformities or modifying the structure of the nose to allow proper air flow.

Is A Rhinoplasty Right For Me?

The term rhinoplasty covers a wide range of methods and procedures to reshape the nose. Candidates seeking a rhinoplasty should consult with a qualified and experienced surgeon, such as those at Premier Plastic Surgery NYC, to determine which method will be the best one for them. Some common reasons for a rhinoplasty include:

  • Size of the Nose: It is common for patients to increase or decrease the size of their nose. Non-surgical methods, such as dermal fillers, can easily be used to temporarily make the nose appear bigger or disguise a bump. On the other hand, a large and bulky nose can only be corrected with a surgery by trimming away the nasal bones.
  • Protrusion on the Bridge: Many patients naturally have a slight hump at the center of the nose bridge. This can be fixed through osteotomy where the bone is cut to produce a more straightened appearance.
  • Tip of the Nose: The nasal tip consists of bones and cartilages which can be altered to produce different results. A droopy nasal tip can be altered by lifting cartilage, large tips can have the width reduced, and misdirected ones can be set to point straight. Generally, this is done by making incisions between or inside the nostrils.
  • Nostril Size: Small or asymmetrical nostrils can be widened through a rhinoplasty. Cartilage grafting will be performed, where a new piece of cartilage would help support the nostril and keep it wide open. Large nostrils can also be reduced to produce a more aesthetically pleasing nose

Rhinoplasty Procedure in NYC

General anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation is likely to be used during rhinoplasty surgery. Some nose reshaping procedures can be completed wholly through the incisions inside the nose while others will require incisions outside (usually between the nostrils). Depending on the type of procedure being performed, nasal bone may need to be trimmed off, cartilages may be removed or added, implants can be inserted, and bone grafting is also a possibility. Typical rhinoplasty procedure time can range from one to two hours with more complex surgeries requiring a bit longer.

Rhinoplasty Recovery Process

After rhinoplasty surgery, a protective dressing will be applied over the nose to keep it secure. This will usually stay on the nose for up to a week. Bruising and swelling are normal and to be expected. There may also be mild pain as well as the feeling of having stuffy nose during the first week. It is essential to take proper rest and avoid strenuous activities post-surgery. Remember, be patient as the full results can take several months to become apparent.

Here are some recommendations for a speedy rhinoplasty recovery:

  • Alcohol can seriously hinder your recovery process by causing excessive bleeding or even liver dysfunctions. Thus, it is very important to avoid alcohol for about two weeks before and after the surgery.
  • Your sleeping posture should also be slightly adjusted following the surgery. Try to sleep with the head elevated above the chest/heart. You can try placing a few pillows under your head to get this elevation.
  • Patients must avoid smoking for two weeks prior to as well as after surgery. Chemicals in cigarettes are known to cause issues like infection, difficulty breathing, and limit the blood flow to the surgery site.
  • Your nose will be very sensitive after the procedure, so be careful when you are applying any kind of pressure on it. Even something as common as blowing your nose can cause bleeding. It would be best to avoid blowing the nose for about two weeks.
  • The nose after a rhinoplasty is even more vulnerable to the sun. Be sure to stay away from direct sunlight for about two to three months post-surgery. If you do need to go out in the sun, always apply proper sunscreen to protect the nose.

Consulting with Premier Plastic Surgery in NYC

Rhinoplasty is one of the most intricate forms of plastic surgery performed today. Our qualified team of surgeons at New York’s Premier Plastic Surgery has extensive experience in major forms of plastic surgery, including rhinoplasty. If you are considering a rhinoplasty, our surgeons will be able to provide appropriate guidance and determine your candidacy for this procedure. Please, feel free to send us a message to set up an initial consultation.