What Is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, sometimes referred to as a “nose job”, is one of the most popular and common cosmetic surgical procedures. Nose surgery enhances facial harmony and the proportions of your nose by reducing or reshaping its appearance. Functionally, rhinoplasty nose surgery can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.
The surgery can either be performed for cosmetic reasons, or it can be performed as a reconstructive procedure. Our team at Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery performs rhinoplasty nose surgery in Show Low, Arizona.
Benefits of Rhinoplasty Surgery
The goals of rhinoplasty can be aesthetic or they can be reconstructive or functional. The benefits of nose surgery include:
- Removing/reducing the size of a bump on the bridge of the nose
- Reducing the prominence of the nasal tip
- Reshaping/resizing the nose to fit the rest of the face
- Straightening out the nose
- Reshaping/resizing the nostrils
- Resetting the nose after injury
- Opening constricted nasal passages to improve functionality
For many people, the appearance of the nose is a main source for self-confidence issues. Rhinoplasty provides a solution for issues related to self-esteem and can improve confidence in those who choose to undergo the procedure.
Am I a Good Candidate for Nose Surgery?
The first step to being a good candidate for rhinoplasty is having the desire to enhance or augment your nose. Aside from the basics, in order to be a candidate you must meet the following criteria:
- Have good general health
- Do not smoke
- Have realistic expectations of results
- Be at least 13 years of age
During you consultation, Dr. Olack will determine whether or not he believes you will make a good candidate for rhinoplasty.
How is Rhinoplasty Surgery Performed?
What Is an Open Rhinoplasty?
What Is a Closed Rhinoplasty?
What is the Recovery from a Rhinoplasty Procedure?
Patients report swollen and bruised eyes immediately following their procedure. During the healing period, patients can expect some degree of pain around the nasal cavity and sinuses, as well as bleeding from these areas. A dull headache is also normal to experience during this time. For the first week after surgery, splints and some degree of packing will remain inside your nose to aid comfort and healing. Most patients report returning to their normal activities around a week after surgery.
Are there Risks to Nose Surgery?
Side effects and complications associated with rhinoplasty surgery are rare. When they do occur, however, they are often minor. These side effects include:
- Recurring nosebleeds
- Poor reaction to anesthesia
- Numbness in/around the nose
Rare complications include asymmetry, scarring, and a perforated septum.