Understanding Rhinoplasty

Let’s face it. Not all of us were born with the perfect nose. Yet instead of fretting about it, more than a half million people a year seek a change. The good news is there are ways to change the shape and size of the nose.

Rhinoplasty, or what is commonly called a “nose job,” is not all about looks. When someone has a hard time breathing, often it is because of an obstruction or deviation in the nasal cavity. Septoplasty, a part of a Rhinoplasty, can correct the problem, provide significant relief, and ease breathing.
However, the majority of people who seek Rhinoplasty are looking to change a nose that is out-of-proportion, a profile that’s unattractive, or detracts from other pleasant facial features. Everyone knows someone who is a beautiful lady, or a handsome guy, if it weren’t for that nose…

Rhinoplasty changes the nose through reshaping cartilage and bone. The incisions are small and barely noticeable. Except for mild bruising under the eyes that may last for one to two weeks, there is little post-surgical concern that can’t be answered with a quick phone call. Patients are given a splint to wear for a week to keep the nose in its intended shape and to control swelling. Pain is minimal and controllable with over-the-counter medication.

When surgery is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs rhinoplasty often the results are often pleasing and natural. Many patients comment on how people notice their eyes or their smile rather than that their nose has changed. That is the sign of a nose job well done – when the nose doesn’t look operated on, or disproportionate, or too out of the norm for the person’s age, ethnic characteristics and gender.

Although the improvement is noticeable after the first week and the majority of swelling diminishes quickly, the healing process takes time. It may take up to six months to a year for the final result. Patients can return to work or school after 7 to 10 days. Strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks, and like any surgery, complications can arise and should be thoroughly discussed in a personal consultation with a plastic surgeon.

Unless there is a valid medical reason such as trauma, most insurance companies do not pay for Rhinoplasty. If a Septoplasty is required to improve breathing, insurance may cover a portion of the cost. Financing is available and can help patients achieve a goal that’s, well, right under their nose.

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