A rhinoplasty is a surgery done to alter the shape of the nose, typically by removing or “sculpting” bone and soft tissues. Many patients feel the changes in their noses are too subtle for others to notice, but rhinoplasty can make all the difference in how they look and feel about themselves.
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People often seek rhinoplasty surgery to improve their appearance cosmetically. If they think the nose looks too big, is bumpy and uneven, or has an unpleasant shape, rhinoplasty could be a good option. If cosmetics are the main reason for getting a nose job, remember that surgery can make changes to your face, but it can’t change your bone structure or skin color.
Others may need rhinoplasty if their breathing is affected because of a deviated septum (where the partition between the left and right side of the nose is not centered), polyps (growths inside the nose that can get inflamed and become bothersome), or other functional problems.
A consultation is necessary to determine if you are a good candidate for a rhinoplasty. During this appointment, Dr. Sonneveld will examine your nose and ask about your goals for the surgery. He may take pictures of your nose from different angles and order some tests, such as a CT scan, to better understand what needs to be done.
Rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgeries in the United States. It can be done using general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep, or local anesthesia, which numbs just the nose.
If you have a bumpy nose, your surgeon may shave down the bumps before stitching your skin back together. If you have a broad nose that may make your face appear too masculine, he can narrow it for a more feminine look. Other changes that can be made include: raising or lowering the tip of the nose, making its shape narrower or broader, and fixing a deviated septum.
During the surgery, an incision is made inside the nostrils or across the columella, which is the flesh that separates your nostrils. The surgeon then sculpts the cartilage and bone to form a new, better-shaped nose. The skin of the nose is pulled down and sewn together again at the base of the columella. Sometimes, smaller incisions are made on the sides of the nose.
Most people can go home the same day or the next day after surgery.
Recovery time varies from person to person, but most people feel pretty good within a week or two. You’ll need to avoid strenuous activity for six weeks or so, and your nose may still be swollen and bruised for a while after that. You may have an internal or external splint to protect the shape of the new nose and help with the healing process.
You must follow the surgeon’s instructions closely and make sure you keep the regularly scheduled follow-up appointments. Usually, you will need a follow-up appointment to remove any splints, tape, sutures, etc., that may be present in the nostrils. Dr. Sonneveld may also order some tests, such as a CT scan, to get a better idea of how your nose is healing.
The results of a rhinoplasty can be long-lasting, or they may start to change over time. You’ll need regular follow-up visits for several years, but the risk of complications is very low. The most common ones are temporary bruising, numbness in the tip of the nose, and a change in your sense of smell.
You should keep in mind that rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure, and like all surgeries, it carries some risks. These include infection, bleeding, scarring, and an uneven appearance. Talk to your surgeon about the risks and benefits of surgery before deciding if rhinoplasty is right for you.
A rhinoplasty can be a life-changing procedure, and it’s essential to choose a surgeon who is qualified and experienced in performing them. Dr. Sonneveld is highly skilled and has years of experience in performing rhinoplasties.