Rhinoplasty is the medical term for a plastic surgery procedure commonly known as a “nose job.” This treatment can reshape and recontour nasal features to meet an individual’s aesthetic goals, or it can be performed to correct functional nasal concerns that are causing problems with breathing. Our skilled rhinoplasty surgeon, Christopher Godek, MD, has advanced training and extensive experience performing both primary rhinoplasty (which refers to an initial nose surgery procedure) and revision rhinoplasty. Whether you are considering rhinoplasty to enhance the appearance of your nose with results that look natural or you are looking for effective procedures that can improve nasal function, Dr. Godek can develop a customized rhinoplasty treatment plan utilizing state-of-the-art techniques designed to help you meet your unique needs.
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Who Is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty can have a significantly positive effect on overall facial aesthetics and has helped many individuals feel more confident about their appearance. Ideal candidates for rhinoplasty surgery are typically individuals who are in reasonably good general health and are seeking cosmetic enhancement or functional correction of concerns relating to the nose. In most cases, it is best for patients to be a minimum of 16 years of age before undergoing this procedure.
Rhinoplasty is often a suitable treatment option for patients who have one or more of the following goals:
- Straighten a “crooked” or misaligned nose
- Reshape a “bulbous,” “boxy,” or upturned nasal tip
- Improve the size and shape of the nostrils
- Enhance the appearance of a wide or narrow nose
- Enhance general nasal symmetry and improve irregularities
- Recontour the nasal bridge to reduce a high bridge or improve the appearance of a low bridge
- Correct breathing difficulties caused by a deviated septum or other structural irregularities
During your initial consultation with Dr. Godek, he will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your nose, taking into account its aesthetic balance among other facial features and any functional problems you may be experiencing. If rhinoplasty is right for your needs, Dr. Godek will create your personalized treatment plan and go over it with you in detail. In many cases, Dr. Godek can utilize an advanced imaging technology called Mirror® 3D, which can show you a high-definition view of the potential results of your rhinoplasty procedure and help Dr. Godek visualize your ultimate treatment goals.
Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty
Open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty are the two basic types of surgical rhinoplasty techniques. An open rhinoplasty usually involves an incision created in the columella, which is the small strip of tissue between the nostrils. This technique allows Dr. Godek to access inner nasal structures via a very small incision that typically results in a barely noticeable scar. The closed rhinoplasty technique utilizes incisions made through the nostrils, thereby resulting in no visible scarring at all.
Dr. Godek will recommend either open or closed rhinoplasty once he has examined you during the initial consultation and talked with you about your needs and goals. With this in mind, it is important to note that, while rhinoplasty is one of the more complex plastic surgery procedures available, the incisions necessary for the treatment are typically very minimal and residual scarring is often virtually unnoticeable.
What Is Involved in the Rhinoplasty Procedure?
Nasal surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia, but an overnight hospital stay is usually not required. Based on your customized treatment plan, Dr. Godek will utilize either the open or closed rhinoplasty approach to delicately reshape soft nasal tissues, bone, and cartilage to provide the desired results. Dr. Godek is committed to performing “limited-touch” or “preservation” rhinoplasty techniques in order to reduce trauma to nasal tissues and to minimize swelling and bruising after surgery. Depending on each patient’s needs, a bone or cartilage graft from another area of the body may be required for rhinoplasty surgery; however, this is not the case for every patient.
Rhinoplasty surgery can often be completed in one to three hours. Patients should plan for someone to drive to and from surgery and take care of them overnight as the effects of the general anesthesia wear off.
What Can I Expect During Rhinoplasty Recovery?
A post-surgical nasal splint will be placed for about one week to support the nose while it heals. Swelling and bruising can be expected during recovery; however, the majority of these effects should dissipate over the next few weeks. While strenuous activity and lifting heavy objects should be avoided for several weeks after rhinoplasty, most individuals are able to resume regular daily routines about one week following the procedure.
If you would like to learn more about rhinoplasty, or if you are ready to schedule your initial rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Godek, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.