Rhinoplasty: Cosmetic Nose Surgery
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is one of the most frequently performed plastic surgery procedures. During rhinoplasty, the nose is reshaped, reduced or augmented to improve its appearance. Nose surgery may be performed to correct a birth defect or repair an injury such as a broken nose. It is also often performed strictly for cosmetic reasons.
Serving patients from Toms River, Manasquan, Monmouth County, Ocean County, and surrounding areas, with ongoing sinusitis, rhinoplasty is sometimes performed in conjunction with endoscopic sinus surgery; for a patient with a deviated septum, it is often performed along with septoplasty, a procedure that corrects a deviated septum. In such cases, nose surgery effectively treats health and breathing problems, in addition to improving the patient’s appearance.
Cosmetic Nose Surgery Testimonials
“Can’t say enough about Dr. Foster and his staff! After a lot of research and recommendations, I decided to have Dr. Foster do my rhinoplasty. I am very happy with my results. My confidence level has much improved since the surgery too. The entire process what just easy and his staff was super supportive. You can see Dr. Foster and his team really care about their patients! I highly recommend.”
“Great experience! Dr. Foster is the BEST! I recently had a revision rhinoplasty for cosmetic and mechanical issues. I was super nervous to have this done but I am glad I chose Dr. Foster to do it. He was very knowledgeable and caring. His staff was very helpful and supportive too. I am very happy with my results and can finally breathe again through my nose.”
Candidates for Rhinoplasty
Candidates for rhinoplasty have finished their facial growth. Girls should typically be at least 15 or 16 years old; boys should be at least 17 or 18. Patients considering a nose job should be in overall good health and not smoke. It is important that candidates have realistic expectations about what rhinoplasty can do. Although undergoing nose surgery may boost self-confidence, it should not be viewed as a cure-all for personality or relationship issues, and should not be the result of social pressure.
Benefits of Nose Surgery
There are several benefits of rhinoplasty; they include facilitating breathing as well as improving appearance. During nose surgery, the Monmouth County plastic surgeon may attempt to do one or more of the following:
- Remove a hump
- Modify the bridge
- Reshape the tip
- Reshape or resize the nostrils
- Repair an injury
- Open breathing passages
- Increase or decrease the size
A nose job can involve modifying bone, skin or cartilage, or all three.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Rhinoplasty, which takes from 1 to 2 hours, is usually an outpatient procedure performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. Two techniques are typically used. In closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made within the nostrils. In open rhinoplasty, an incision is made across the columella, the tissue between the nostrils. With both methods, the soft tissues covering the nose are gently lifted, and the bone and cartilage are sculpted to the desired shape.
If additional cartilage is needed to augment the nose, it is frequently taken from the patient’s nasal septum. If larger sections of tissue are required, cartilage may be surgically removed from the ear or other parts of the body as well. If the patient has a deviated septum, the septum and inner structures of the nose are adjusted to improve breathing. The tissues are then redraped and stitched closed. If necessary, nostrils are reshaped in the final stage of rhinoplasty.
Recovery From Nose Surgery
Immediately after surgery, the patient’s nose and eye area are usually bruised and swollen. Splints and nasal packing remain in the nose for a few days. During this period, the patient may experience some nasal pain or a dull headache, as well as some bleeding and drainage from the nose. Most patients feel like themselves within a few days and are able to return to regular activities in about a week.
To increase comfort, and decrease bleeding and swelling, nose surgery patients are advised to follow these post-surgical directives:
- Avoid strenuous activities
- Take baths instead of showers
- Avoid blowing the nose
- Avoid becoming constipated
- Avoid exaggerated facial expressions
- Brush the teeth gently
- Avoid pulling clothing over the head
- Use a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher
- Limit dietary sodium
- Do not use ice packs
Although the patient usually looks “normal” a week or two after surgery, minimal swelling may be present for as much as a year.
Nose Surgery Before and After
Risks of Rhinoplasty
Complications associated with rhinoplasty are rare and, when they occur, usually minor. Surgical risks, in general, include infection or adverse reaction to anesthesia. In the case of nose surgery, specific risks include the following:
- Recurring nosebleeds
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Permanent numbness in or around the nose
- Persistent pain
- Discoloration of skin on the nose
- Perforation of the nasal septum
It is possible that a patient is not satisfied with the results of the rhinoplasty. In such a case, a second surgery, called a revision rhinoplasty, may be performed at a later date.
Schedule a Consultation
Where it is for functional or cosmetic reasons, it is never too soon to consider a rhinoplasty with Fostermd. Contact us today by calling (732) 914-2233 for our Toms River office or (732)449-2099 for our Manasquan office to schedule a consultation. We serve Monmouth County, Ocean County, and surrounding areas in New Jersey.