The nose is a big part of your facial aesthetic and your life. When it doesn’t appear to your liking or function properly, it can significantly impact your confidence and quality of life.
Rhinoplasty surgery may be the best answer to your troubles. AM Facial Plastics in Los Angeles, CA, is ready to help you decide whether this procedure could give you the nose you desire.
What Is Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Rhinoplasty, also referred to as a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure to change the nose’s shape.
The upper part of the nose is bone, while the lower portion is cartilage. Rhinoplasty surgery can alter either the bone, the cartilage, or both, depending on surgical goals.
We will assess your needs to determine the best surgical approach. We examine the nose and also consider other features of the face in order to achieve symmetry.
After a rhinoplasty procedure, patients can enjoy a more symmetrical, functional nose.
Why Get a Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty surgery is done for several reasons, including cosmetic or medical reasons. Regardless of the reason, rhinoplasty procedures can benefit both men and women.
Cosmetic rhinoplasties work to change the physical appearance of the nose. A cosmetic nose job is done for different reasons, including:
- Making the nose overall smaller or larger
- Fixing the tip of the nose
- Altering the nostrils
- Reducing bumps or humps in the bridge of the nose
- Changing the angle of the nose
Cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery not only changes the nose but also positively impacts the overall appearance of the face.
Functional rhinoplasty is frequently needed for medical reasons. These surgeries are performed to repair the nose and give patients better function. You may benefit from a functional rhinoplasty if you struggle with any of the following:
- A deviated septum
- A nasal birth defect
- Issues with the nasal valves
- Deformity caused by injury or infection
A functional rhinoplasty has several advantages, including better breathing.
Unfortunately, some rhinoplasty surgeries do not go as planned, and the results are not as expected. A revision, or secondary, rhinoplasty may be required if patients undergo a rhinoplasty procedure that does not provide adequate results or if the nose heals incorrectly.
How the Rhinoplasty Procedure Works
The first step is a consultation at our Los Angeles, CA, office. During your initial appointment, we’ll discuss your needs and desires, determine whether rhinoplasty is right for you, and, if so, create a tailored surgical plan to help you achieve your goals.
On the day of your procedure, you’ll be prepped for surgery. Once you’re ready, we’ll administer anesthesia.
Your rhinoplasty procedure may either be “open” or “closed,” depending on your needs. Open rhinoplasties involve an incision at the base of the nose to provide a better view, while closed rhinoplasties are performed through incisions inside the nostrils.
The exact surgical technique used depends on your needs and the desired result.
Once the procedure is completed, we will properly bandage the nose using a splint and tape to provide your new nose the support it needs.
Benefits of Rhinoplasty Surgery
Rhinoplasty offers patients many advantages depending on their needs and desired outcomes. Some of the most significant benefits of rhinoplasty surgery include:
- A more symmetrical nose
- A more appropriately shaped nose
- Better breathing
- Positive impact on facial aesthetic and profile
- Improvement of side effects, including chronic congestion
During your consultation, we can help you discover all the ways rhinoplasty can benefit you.
Rhinoplasty: Frequently Asked Questions
Patients considering rhinoplasty surgery often have many questions. The following are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding this procedure.
Should you have additional, personal questions or concerns, we’d be happy to address them during your consultation to give you peace of mind.
How Long Does a Rhinoplasty Surgery Take?
The length of your rhinoplasty surgery is unique to your procedure. It can take one and a half to three hours.
Upon creating your surgical plan, we can give you more insight into how much time your surgery may take.
What Does the Healing Process Look Like After a Rhinoplasty?
Because rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure, it does require some time to heal. After your surgery, you’ll wear a splint on your nose for a week to ten days. During these days, if possible, we recommend resting as much as possible to promote healing.
After splint removal, we’ll schedule periodic follow-up appointments to track your healing progress.
As your nose heals, you’ll notice it looking better and better as the swelling subsides. However, the nose does require plenty of time to fully heal, and you’ll likely experience final results about a year after your surgery.
How Do I Know if Rhinoplasty Is Right for Me?
If you’re considering a rhinoplasty, it’s worth exploring your options. The nose plays a big role in your appearance, and breathing is an essential function. Therefore, a rhinoplasty may be right for you.
Because noses often develop into adolescence, we don’t recommend rhinoplasties for females under 16 or males under 18. Waiting gives the nose a chance to finish growing and maturing.
Patients should be in good physical health with no significant health complications.
While rhinoplasty is a big, permanent step, it might be the right one for you. Once we assess your cosmetic and functional needs, we can determine whether rhinoplasty would provide adequate benefits to your life and appearance.
Take the First Step — Schedule a Consultation for Rhinoplasty Today
When you’re ready to discuss how rhinoplasty surgery can help you achieve your aesthetic and functional goals, we’re here for you. Schedule your initial consultation today with AM Facial Plastics in Los Angeles, CA.