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What is a Rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty, also commonly known as nose reshaping or a nose job, is a cosmetic or reconstructive surgery to improve the appearance and in some cases, the function of the nose. When the nose appears out of proportion with other features, or the nose does not complement the face, it can affect self-image and confidence as well as detract from other attractive characteristics of the face. In addition, many patients experience breathing difficulty or airflow issues that can be improved or corrected with nasal surgery.

 

Benefits of Nose Reshaping

A rhinoplasty can be performed to correct the following:

  • nose size in relation to the facial balance.
  • width of the nose at the bridge of the nose or the nasal tip.
  • nasal profile with noticeable humps or depressions on the bridge.
  • nasal tip that may be enlarged, bulbous, drooping or hooked.
  • nostrils that are out of balance or unusually wide or asymmetrical.

Rhinoplasty may also be chosen to correct breathing problems as a result of trauma or injury or from congenital malposition of the nasal septum or other structures. Nasal surgery to improve breathing may be done alone or in conjunction with cosmetic surgery of the nose and is considered reconstructive and may be covered by insurance.

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Rhinoplasty Candidates

A rhinoplasty is a highly customizable procedure that can be used to correct a number of concerns. Those who are unhappy with the natural appearance of their nose due to size, shape, angle, or symmetry can benefit from an enhancement with a rhinoplasty. Others might consider a rhinoplasty to improve breathing difficulties from a deviated septum or other structural abnormality. Candidates should be in good health and have realistic goals in mind for their procedure results. A consultation with Dr. Barone or Dr. Koltz can help determine if you are a good candidate for a rhinoplasty procedure and how you can benefit.

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Nose Reshaping Procedure

A rhinoplasty will be performed under general anesthesia or sedation to ensure patient comfort. Depending on the plan and complexity of the rhinoplasty, the surgery can be performed with the incisions hidden within the nose (endonasal rhinoplasty) or through a small incision hidden under the nasal tip (open rhinoplasty).

Dr. Barone or Dr. Kolz will make a recommendation and discuss the incision type and location with each patient. Through the appropriate incision, bone or cartilage can then be removed, improving appearance. If the function is a concern, opening the airway and correcting a deviated septum will also be the focus. After the nose structure is reshaped, the skin is redraped over the nose and the incisions are closed and bandaged.

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Rhinoplasty Recovery & Results

Recovery time is a process and will depend upon the complexity and extent of the surgery. Nasal packing is usually placed in each nostril in order to stabilize the new shape and reduce the chance of bleeding. The packing is usually removed along with the external nasal splint on post-op day 4-6. If there is any bruising it is usually minor and fades away slowly over 7-10 days. Light and progressive activities are gradually allowed after the first office visit and packing removal. If the nasal bones were reshaped (osteotomies), care must be taken with glasses or any potential pressure in the nasal bridge area. You will be advised on the specific activities recommended during your recovery based on the extent of your surgery.

A properly planned and performed rhinoplasty or nasal reshaping should result in a natural and balanced nasal shape that improves the overall appearance and breathing function.

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Rhinoplasty Cost

The cost of nose reshaping or rhinoplasty will depend on several factors and the extent of the procedure. The time and amount of surgery can vary widely, particularly if cartilage grafts and additional work on the internal structures such as the nasal septum (septoplasty), nasal valves or nasal polyps (turbinates) is needed. In some cases, medical insurance may cover the portion of the rhinoplasty related to improving airway function and breathing. In most cases, however, rhinoplasty is considered cosmetic and is an out-of-pocket expense. In addition to the surgeon’s fees, there will also be a cost for anesthesia and the outpatient surgery facility. These costs will be itemized and explained to you by our patient coordinator along with financing options if needed.

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Schedule Your Consultation

Since nose reshaping is such a highly individualized procedure, a consultation is necessary to determine a surgical plan fit to your aesthetic goals.

To request a consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. We look forward to helping you restore your confidence with a dramatic nose reshaping procedure.

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At evolve Plastic Surgery and Medical Aesthetics we believe in utilizing state of the art and proven technology to enhance the consultation for both the patient and plastic surgeon or aesthetic service provider.  That is why we offer Canfield Vectra XT 3D Imaging to ensure your consultation process is effective and informative in giving you accurate and practical information and options of what evolv Plastic Surgery can offer to achieve your goals safely and consistently.

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