What is a Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty (also called “nose job” or “nose reshaping”) is the procedure to enhance the nasal contour. This is performed by reshaping the nasal cartilages and bones to produce a natural looking nose – creating harmony by complementing the other facial features and drawing attention to the eyes and lips.
Patients commonly seek a nose job because they feel self-conscious and embarrassed about their nose. They usually dislike taking photographs – feeling that their nose detracts from their whole face by taking away from the natural beauty of their eyes, hair and other facial features.
With that in mind, the decision to undergo rhinoplasty is a personal one. For several patients, it can enhance their confidence and self-esteem. Reasons that patients seek out this procedure include:
- To reduce the overall size of the nose
- To reduce the hump of the nasal dorsum
- To refine the tip of the nose if it’s too rounded or broad
- To straighten a crooked nose
- To lift a nasal tip that is droopy
- To narrow a wide nose
- To lengthen a nose that is too short or small in regard to the rest of the face
- To breath better through one of both sides of the nose
Why do I need a Rhinoplasty Specialist?
In short, rhinoplasty surgery is complicated. Combining art and science, the procedure is widely considered the most difficult plastic surgery to perform. It requires a lot of experience, dedication and skill. Two millimeters can separate a great result from an unacceptable one. The surgeon needs to understand the nasal structures and that modifying one portion of the nose will create changes in the other portions.
The physicians at Northwest Facial Aesthetic Center understand the importance of harmony between the nose and the face and how much work it takes to create even a subtle change in the nasal contour. Their advanced surgical training in this procedure, along with their commitment to excellence, will clearly delineate why you should trust them to perform a quality rhinoplasty.
The physicians of Northwest Facial Aesthetic Center will answer all of your questions during a thorough, pre-operative consultation. They will explain all options, discuss medications and medical history, and assess if you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty. In addition, they will review the comprehensive pre and post-operative instructions so you are better prepared.
Our physicians understand that each patient is different and refuse to take the “one-size-fits-all” approach to rhinoplasty. They will perform a thorough nasal exam in order to determine what can be achieved based on your anatomy. By the end of consultation, you will receive an individualized plan tailored to your wishes.
Procedure & Results
The physicians of Northwest Facial Aesthetic Center pay the utmost attention to every detail of the rhinoplasty procedure. They will perform a series of measurements during the procedure and ensure all structural tissues will be strong to endure the healing period. Their surgical technique will preserve the cartilages of the nose in order to maintain its structure.
After the procedure, our physicians will take “Rapid Recovery” measures to ensure less bruising and better results. These include pre and post-operative treatments and medications, as well as methods to avoid nasal packing. Tissue glues and dissolvable sutures will be used instead to lessen bruising and swelling.
A successful rhinoplasty can be truly life-changing – restoring form and function while being a gratifying experience for the patient and the surgeon. In most cases, surgery is performed under twilight (I.V. sedation) or general anesthesia. Pain is generally mild and most patients can return to work in about 7 days and resume full physical activity in 3 weeks.
Most patients have a clear picture in their head of what they would like to achieve through rhinoplasty, but have trouble accurately expressing this image to the physician. Other patients have a broader idea of what they are looking for and would rather hear the physician’s suggestions. Computer imaging is an exceptional tool used to enhance communication between patient and physician, and eliminate any potential misunderstanding or miscommunication.
A physician will complete the computer imaging in the presence of the patient after a thorough nasal exam. This is to discuss the patient’s personal aesthetic desires and produce a visual, realistic outcome. The imaging will demonstrate images with very specific contours tailored to the patient’s facial appearance and desired goal. The patient is encouraged to give feedback in order for the physician to make adjustments to skin thickness or variant nasal anatomy.