A rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that alters the appearance of the nose. Rhinoplasty is commonly referred to as nose job or nose surgery. It can be used to alter the bridge of the nose, the nasal tip, or the size and shape of the nostrils. A Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that does not address the functional components of the nose.
A Permanent Solution for A More Refined Nose
The nose is one of the most prominent facial features we have. It sits in the middle of our face and can, quite literally, act as an extension of ourselves, exhibiting to others a certain amount of character or detail about our inner being.
For some people the appearance of the nose accurately fits their face, profile, and personality, allowing them to display the version of themselves they want the world to know. For others, there is a strong sentiment that the appearance of the nose is not quite telling the accurate truth. There may be imperfections from injury, a wide or crooked bridge, a bump or hump in the bridge of the nose, or a tip that is bulbous, drooping, or wide. In these cases, the appearance of the nose can be a tremendous cause of grief and lowered self esteem.
The Appearance Center team of cosmetic rhinoplasty specialists has a deep understanding of facial anatomy, balance, and symmetry, and an even deeper understanding of the emotional components that go into rhinoplasty surgery. They expertly assist patients who are dissatisfied with the shape or size of their nose by offering detailed solutions that bring balance to the face while allowing the patient to maintain their overall sense of self and character.
Appearance Center patients who undergo cosmetic rhinoplasty frequently report back to our team to thank our specialty surgeons for a renewed sense of self and an elevated self esteem - something we are happy to provide to all of our patients.
Combining Functionality For Improved Breathing
A rhinoplasty procedure alone will not help improve the functionality of the nose. If you have, or are concerned you may have, a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, polyps, or any other issues causing obstructed or impaired breathing, you will want to ask about combining your rhinoplasty with corrective surgery.
Our Orange County rhinoplasty specialists are double board certified in ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) surgery and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, making them expertly trained and qualified to deliver exceptional results in all forms of functional and cosmetic nose surgery.
A functional rhinoplasty can help alleviate patients of the following symptoms:
- Restricted breathing
- Frequent headaches
- Frequent nose bleeds
- Chronic stuffiness
- Excessive snoring
Our Appearance Center cosmetic surgeons will provide you with a proper assessment for both the functional and cosmetic components of your nose surgery, so that you can look fabulous, breathe well, and feel better than ever.
Determining Whether You Are a Good Candidate for a Rhinoplasty Consultation
With the exception of small children, almost anyone in good health, interested in modifying the shape or appearance of the nose, is a candidate for a rhinoplasty consultation with a credible and experienced board certified surgeon.
Patients interested in a consultation for rhinoplasty frequently wish to change one or more of the following physical features of the nose:
- Wide bridge
- Crooked bridge
- Bump or hump
- Wide nostrils
- Drooping tip
- Bulbous tip
- Disproportionate profile or facial anatomy
If you are experiencing one of more of the physical characteristics listed above, you are a candidate for a rhinoplasty consultation. A rhinoplasty will provide you with a permanent solution to a more refined nose and, potentially, an improved quality of life.
FAQs About Rhinoplasty
Yes. Appearance Center board certified surgeons are exceptionally qualified to perform this very complicated surgical procedure. Our rhinoplasty specialists will discuss the results of your previous rhinoplasty, and work with you to determine the best course of action for the revision process.
In some cases, rib cartilage may be needed to rebuild the nose. The physician will discuss this with you in more detail if this is, in fact, the best option for your particular revision surgery.
Rhinoplasty should be done after facial growth is complete. This is at about 15 years of age for girls and about 17 years of age for boys. If a person is near this age and interested in a functional or cosmetic nose surgery, we encourage them to bring their guardian and speak with one of our ENT/rhinoplasty specialists. Our specialists will be able to identify a suitable time for surgery after having met the patient in person.
There are two ways that rhinoplasty is accomplished. One is called closed revision. With this option, the incisions are made inside the nasal cavity so they are not visible. The cartilage and tissue are rearranged, reduced or augmented, depending on what changes are being made to the original structure.
An open revision is used when a lot of work is being done on the tip of the nose. For these revisions, the incision is made in the outside vertical piece of the nose that separates the nostrils. The incision is very small and is very difficult to detect after the healing period is over.
Most likely. Once the surgery is complete, incisions will be closed, and a splint will be placed over the bridge of the nose. The purpose of the splint is to minimize swelling and hold everything stable while healing begins. Depending on what work was performed during surgery, there may be some nasal packing in the nostrils that will need to stay for a couple of days.
First 24 hours:
Rhinoplasty patients may feel groggy or nauseous after surgery. Discomfort is usually mild immediately after surgery. Nasal packing for the first 24 hours will result in breathing through the mouth, causing sleep difficulty and dry mouth.
Mild to moderate bruising and swelling should be expected during the first week. For protection, a plastic splint is often placed on the nasal bridge during this time. Regular activities and resuming work may occur within 1 week.
Final shape of the nose begins to take form.
Contact sports and strenuous activity may resume.
2 - 3 months:
Nose reaches about 90% of its final appearance.
6 - 12 months:
Patients should expect complete healing during this time.
A rhinoplasty is an elective procedure. Insurance will not cover elective procedures. However, if there is a functional component to the surgery - such as in a combination septorhinoplasty, insurance may cover the functional part of the surgery. Our Appearance Center administrators will check your benefits and coverage with your insurance company after consultation recommendations have been made.
Yes. We have several patients who choose to combine their rhinoplasty procedure with additional cosmetic surgeries. A few common combinations include:
- Rhinoplasty with chin augmentation - for an enhanced and more symmetrical profile
- Rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery - for brighter and more youthful looking eyes
- Rhinoplasty with facelift - for a complete rejuvenation strategy
- Rhinoplasty with nonsurgical volumization - for a rejuvenative pick me up
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