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.”
Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Teens and adults who are generally healthy and who can understand the risks and benefits of plastic surgery may be good candidates for rhinoplasty. This surgery is often sought by people who feel that their nose is too large or small in comparison with other facial features. As long as the nose has reached full physical development, surgery may be an ideal solution for problems such as a wide nasal tip, hump on the bridge of the nose, and other symmetry concerns.
Dr. Foster conducts a thorough consultation and examination of the nose to determine what rhinoplasty can and cannot achieve for a patient. It is imperative to have realistic expectations regarding the potential surgical outcome from this procedure and to be able to commit to post-surgical instructions to promote optimal healing.
Nose Surgery Benefits
Rhinoplasty surgery is performed to reshape and resize one or more aspects of the nose. This can have profound emotional benefits. Our appearance is involved in how we feel about ourselves. How we feel about ourselves is an important part of a happy, fulfilling life. People who feel that their nose takes up too much of their facial landscape or is misshapen often feel self-conscious. They see their nose first and so assume everyone else does, too. Rhinoplasty can make you feel more like yourself. You may feel more attractive and generally more confident after your procedure.
Rhinoplasty also offers health benefits if breathing is improved through the procedure. By restructuring the internal aspects of the nose, rhinoplasty may help resolve a snoring problem or obstructive sleep apnea. People who breathe easier at night are likely to sleep better. Finally, some people notice that they no longer have sinus problems after correcting malformation of part of the nose.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Rhinoplasty surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure takes 3 to 5 hours, depending on the amount of reshaping and restructuring that is needed. Surgery time can also vary if rhinoplasty is performed in conjunction with another procedure, such as eyelid rejuvenation. Patients are given general anesthesia before their surgery begins. The procedure is painless.
Nose surgery may be performed in one of two ways: open or closed. Which technique is most appropriate is determined through a comprehensive consultation and examination.
Open rhinoplasty generally allows for more substantial structural changes. This technique requires a small incision across the columella, the piece of skin between the nostrils. The skin and soft tissue are then lifted up and out of the way so underlying cartilage and bone are more accessible. This technique may be used when reducing or building up the bridge of the nose. Once the internal changes are complete, the soft tissue and skin are re-draped over the tip of the nose and the small incision is stitched.
Closed rhinoplasty is often preferred by patients because this is a scar-less technique. However, it is more limited in what it can achieve. A closed rhinoplasty may be performed to improve the overall size of the nose or when surgery is correcting a breathing problem. The incisions of closed rhinoplasty are hidden inside the nose. From there, the skin is separated from cartilage and bone to achieve the necessary re-shaping.
Rhinoplasty is a customized, complex procedure. Some surgeries may involve taking bone from another part of the body to build up the shape or structure of the nose. The details of your surgery will be discussed with you during your consultation.
Recovery From Nose Surgery
Rhinoplasty recovery looks different week by week. Initially, you may have a dressing over your nose or a splint in place to help maintain the new structure. Swelling and bruising around the nose and eyes may be significant even after the splint is removed. Still, you will see the changes that have been achieved. Prescription pain medication will keep you comfortable. Take your medication as instructed to avoid unnecessary discomfort and stress. You may be instructed to sleep with your head elevated for several days to better manage to swell. This side effect, as well as bruising, typically subsides in 10 to 14 days. After that time, residual swelling decreases over several months.
You may be ready to return to work after two weeks of recovery. Exercise may resume approximately 4 weeks after rhinoplasty. Activity restrictions may be discussed and lifted after our post-op visit. We are always here to answer questions if they arise.
Nose Surgery Before and After
Nose Surgery Risks
Rhinoplasty is a very common procedure but one that should be performed only by a qualified surgeon. Dr. Foster is a board-certified Otolaryngologist with focused training in head and neck surgeries. He is also board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Experience reduces risks. Those that are commonly associated with rhinoplasty include bleeding, infection, and poor healing. Rhinoplasty could result in a nasal septal perforation, difficulty breathing, prolonged swelling, skin discoloration, or a generally unsatisfactory outcome. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia, to which there is a risk of adverse reaction. The anesthesiologist monitors patients continually throughout their procedure and is equipped to manage this risk.
How much does rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of rhinoplasty is determined by several factors. This may include the doctor’s training and experience and the rhinoplasty technique that is performed. Fees that are involved in this surgery include the consultation and subsequent visits, laboratory tests, if necessary, medications and medical supplies, surgical center fees, anesthesia, and follow-up care. We have performed many rhinoplasty surgeries and our staff is experienced at developing cost outlines for each patient based on the particulars of their case.
Schedule a Consultation
Whether it is for functional or cosmetic reasons, it is never too soon to consider a rhinoplasty at 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.