Rhinoplasty, colloquially referred to as a 'nose job', can accomplish a number of things. It can reduce the overall size, improve the tip, remove a bump, narrow or widen the width, or even improve the angle between the nose and the upper lip. Nose surgery can also sometimes relieve breathing problems, which in some cases, may be covered by insurance). Generally, any or all of these changes can be made during one operation which usually takes from one to three hours. The procedure is almost always done on an outpatient basis, using local anesthesia with sedation.
Rhinoplasty surgery is perhaps one of the most aesthetically rewarding procedures in plastic surgery. It's remarkable how even the slightest correction of a minor nose imperfection can dramatically enhance the appearance of an individual's face. As a central feature of the face, the nose can have a profound effect on your overall look and even a nominal defect can throw off the balance of the rest of your features.
Details About Rhinoplasty Surgery
Working from inside the nose, the surgeon carefully modifies and reshapes the bones and cartilage. A bump can be reduced or totally eliminated. The sides of the nose can be brought closer together to make the nose narrower. The tip can be made smaller and also lifted to enhance it appearance. When a large, over-sized nose is made smaller, sometimes the nostrils also need to be reduced in size. Unbalanced, crooked or curved noses can be straightened and made more symmetrical. Usually, only a very small change is needed in most 'nose job' procedures to achieve noticeable results.
The procedure can be performed for medical reasons, to help relieve breathing problems, or strictly to improve aesthetic appearance. A rhinoplasty procedure can address a variety of cosmetic issues including:
- Symmetry - Studies have shown that human beings respond more positively to symmetry, so a nose that is even just slightly off-centered can create an asymmetrical appearance, throwing the entire symmetry of the person's face out of balance. Rhinoplasty can remedy this uneven look and restore a more harmonious balance to the patient's face.
- Shape – A number of our Austin rhinoplasty patients come to Personique displeased with the shape of their nose. With nasal surgery, our plastic surgeons can reshape the nose from the inside by altering underlying bone and cartilage structure, without any external scarring. Each patient has a unique set of needs when it comes to nose shape, for some, the problem may lie in a bulbous tip that they may wish to have reduced or removed. Many patients we see are displeased with an overly prominent nasal hump, which a nose job can easily remove, creating a smoother, straighter profile. In other instances, the tip may need to be lowered or raised.
- Size - During a rhinoplasty procedure, the plastic surgeon can both reduce or increase the size of the nose (although the latter isn't as frequently sought after as the former). However, every case is different and depends on the patient's individual needs. Size reduction is a very common request from patients seeking a nose job. Reduction rhinoplasty can be easily performed by reducing and adjusting the size of the bone and cartilage framework beneath the skin. This is typically achieved by moving the bones closer together to narrow the width of the nose. It is also possible to shorten the nose by removing excess cartilage from the end of the nose as well.
Rhinoplasty is a procedure that is popular among both Austin women and men alike. Male rhinoplasty and female rhinoplasty procedures use similar techniques, however the aesthetic goals are a bit different for each.
The results will be immediate and dramatic if the nose was very large or if a big hump was removed. But usually, the changes are less dramatic. A slight hump or over-sized tip can be improved without attracting a great deal of attention. Your surgery should improve your appearance without drawing direct attention to your nose. Remember, the idea is not to create an entirely new nose, but rather to refine the one you have by diminishing the appearance of any noticeable imperfections.
Many of our Austin rhinoplasty patients report that even their friends and family cannot tell they had the procedure. In most cases, people notice something is different but they can't quite put their finger on what it is. Most all of our previous Austin nose job patients tell us that post-surgery they've received numerous compliments about how great they look, but that their friends often attribute their fresh, new look to things like having lost weight or getting more sleep.
Recovery after Nose Surgery
The rhinoplasty recovery timeline can be split into three phases which include immediate recovery, intermediate recovery and final recovery.
Immediate Recovery Phase
The immediate recovery phase is usually the first week immediately after the surgery. Typically, it is five days to seven days from the date of the surgery. After your procedure, a splint is placed on the nose. This splint acts both as a protector for the nose and helps maintain the position of the newly sculpted nasal bones. Often a nasal pack is inserted in the nose as well to support the inside. You will have stitches as well, the location depending on the type of rhinoplasty technique that was used.
You'll be up and around a day or two after your surgery, and any pain you feel can be controlled by medication. Cold compresses on your eyes can reduce swelling and bruising. During the first week of rhinoplasty recovery, you should rest as much as possible and keep the head elevated. You should not engage in any laborious activities like working out during this period. Within a couple of days the nasal packing comes out and the splint usually comes off within a week.
Intermediate Recovery Phase
After the immediate recovery phase, you enter the intermediate recovery phase. At the start of this phase, your bandages and stitches will be removed and your surgeon will assess the condition of your nose to ensure your recovery is progressing smoothly. You may notice some swelling of the nose which will subside over time. By this point, if you are still feeling any pain it is typically very mild. You may have some numbness of the nose as well, which will also resolve over time.
Oral medications are often prescribed through the immediate and intermediate recovery phases. You can resume work and most of your usual activities during the intermediate phase. It is advised that you avoid strenuous activity for 2 - 3 weeks after rhinoplasty. Strenuous activity in this case is defined as anything that raises your blood pressure, pulse, or breathing rate. It is important to refrain from intensive exercise for the first few weeks after surgery to minimize the risk of a nosebleed.
Final Recovery Phase
The final recovery phase is when the results of your rhinoplasty surgery will start to become fully evident. It can take anywhere from seven months to over a year before your final results are visible. The majority of swelling will resolve in the first few months and typically the final results will be completely apparent around a year. However, every patient is different and each person heals at their own rate.
Schedule a Free Rhinoplasty Consultation at Personique
If you would like to learn more about rhinoplasty surgery in Austin, please give us a call at (512) 459-6800. Our consultations are complimentary and there is no pressure to move forward with surgery. If you would like to request a consultation online, simply fill out the consultation request form at the top of this page. For more answers to your rhinoplasty questions, please see our FAQ section below.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
I think I want a nose job, but how do I know if I'm ready?
Though even the smallest change to your nose can make a big difference in your appearance, make no mistake: rhinoplasty is a major surgery. Clients considering this procedure will need to be able to recover accordingly. Eligible candidates for nose surgery should be in good health, with reasonable expectations about the results of their procedure. The experience of undergoing a nose job is different from one patient to the next, so your plastic surgery professional will perform a thorough evaluation of your particular situation. At Personique, our doctors are dedicated to providing individual care to each of our clients, safely and effectively getting you the results you want from your rhinoplasty procedure.
What happens during the surgery?
To prepare the nose and surrounding area for rhinoplasty surgery, your doctor will administer an intravenous anesthesia. Then, depending on the nature of your nose surgery, an incision will be made either inside of the nostrils or on the columella, the bridge of tissue that separates the nostrils. Typically, for a minor reshaping of the nose, incisions are made inside of the nose and are virtually hidden, while a major restructuring of the entire nose may require a larger incision as well as rearranging of bone and/or cartilage. To reduce the size of the nose, septum cartilage may be removed during a nose job. To reshape the nose or add volume, cartilage grafts, also typically from the septum, may be used to supplement some areas.
What will my results look like?
Even a small change to your nose can create dramatic results, potentially giving new life to your other facial features and refreshing your facial expressions. Results vary from one person to the next. Before the day of your surgery, your doctor at Personique will carefully plan your procedure with you, taking into account the specific results you're looking for. As seasoned professionals in minor reshaping procedures and major rhinoplasty surgery, Personique's nose surgery specialists can discuss with you how to get the natural look you want. You will also be able to see rhinoplasty before and after photos of other clients to give you an idea of your potential results.
How long will it take me to recover?
Though recover times vary depending on the severity of your nose surgery, Personique takes care to ensure your recovery is as speedy as possible. Many patients are able to return to normal activities fairly quickly, with major bruising and swelling diminishing greatly in around two-weeks-time. Clients may experience minor to moderate bruising around the eyes and nose post-surgery; the extent of the bruising and swelling is typically commensurate to the severity of bones and/or cartilage that are moved, removed or reshaped during rhinoplasty surgery. The professionals at Personique are committed to providing exceptional post-surgery care to help aid in the recovery process.
I had a nose job with another doctor and wasn't happy with my results. Can Personique help?
Yes! Our doctors will review your case and work with you to achieve the look you want. At Personique, we have experience in a variety of plastic surgery procedures and even non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques. If your previous surgery didn't deliver results, let our experts help you! Browse our before and after photos to see some of our many satisfied clients. Do you have a deviated septum? Do you want to remove a bump on the bridge of your nose? Here, our team of plastic surgery professionals will create a personalized plan just for you, and guide you through every step of your nose surgery.