If you'd like to alter the appearance of your nose or improve your overall breathing, you might consider getting a rhinoplasty, more colloquially known as a nose job.
Benefits of a rhinoplasty
The top reason someone might undergo a rhinoplasty is to alter their overall appearance and regain a better facial balance. When someone has been self-conscious of the look of their nose for a long time, it can be worth it to go through this non-invasive procedure. Whether they want to get rid of a nose bump, create a more proportionate nose to balance out their face or reduce the size of their nose, they can feel more confident after getting a rhinoplasty.
Many people believe that the primary reason individuals decide to seek out a rhinoplasty is for aesthetic purposes. While many clients decide to get a nose job for this reason, many others seek out this procedure for other benefits. One major effect many people experience after getting a rhinoplasty is to correct their breathing. For instance, if someone has a severely deviated septum, they might want to visit a plastic surgeon to alter their nasal structure. Another common reason someone might seek out a rhinoplasty is after they've experienced an injury that has either altered their appearance or disrupted their breathing.
Different types of rhinoplasties
There are two major kinds of nose jobs doctors can provide to their patients: Open and closed rhinoplasties.
An open rhinoplasty technique allows for the most visibility and control during every step of the procedure. With this type of nose job, the doctor will perform an incision between the nostrils on the columella, also known as the medial nostril step.
With a closed rhinoplasty, the doctor will only use internal incisions. Although this is beneficial for more significant rhinoplasties that involve placing an implant or reducing a bump, there is less surgical control over the outcome of this type of procedure.
What to expect before a rhinoplasty
Before you're ready to make an appointment for a rhinoplasty, you might want to know what happens leading up to the procedure. Prior to the surgery, you'll likely undergo 3-D imaging to see exactly how your surgery will look after the surgery. This allows for the doctor and patient to go through realistic looks at the before and after, so each party knows exactly what will go into this process.
What you can anticipate after your nose job
After surgery, patients can expect mild to moderate discomfort. They may choose to control this slight pain with medications. Immediately after your rhinoplasty, you might need to wear a few bandages on your nose to cover and protect any bruising or splints. You can expect to wear splints on the inside and outside of your nose for approximately a week after your procedure in order to protect the cartilage and nasal bones. In addition, you may need to avoid strenuous physical activities, such as jogging, swimming or participating in contact sports for two to three weeks. In addition, you shouldn't wear your glasses for four to five weeks after the procedure.
You might feel awkward wearing these bandages to work, school or other social settings, so you might think about scheduling your surgery at a time you can work from home or have a break from your normal life. However, if this isn't possible, you shouldn't feel ashamed to wear your bandages, as rhinoplasties are very common procedures.
Plenty of doctors use a cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all approach, giving all their patients the same nose. Although you might be anticipating the "perfect nose," it's worth noting that the right nose for someone else isn't necessarily what might look best on your face. At Maryland Plastic Surgery, our expert, Dr. Summers, uses techniques that ensure each rhinoplasty is unique to the individual based on what they're looking for and what makes the most sense for them.
When you seek out Maryland Plastic Surgery's expertise, your final outcome will depend on a series of factors, such as the condition and thickness of your skin, the structure of your face, your age and genetic contributions that contribute to your nasal health and facial appearance.