About Rhinoplasty

Known colloquially as a “nose job,” rhinoplasty is a procedure that aims to improve the proportions of a patient’s nose and improve overall facial proportion and harmony. It’s used to correct a range of aesthetic issues that may impact an individual’s self-confidence, but also be a solution to impaired breathing as a result of structural problems in the nose itself.

The process of a rhinoplasty procedure can differ depending on the desires of the patient and how much work is needed. For most, cuts are made within the nostril, though more complex procedures will necessitate addition cuts at the base of the nose. After this, the bone and cartilage instead are reshaped and adjusted to match the goals of the patient.

Benefits of Rhinoplasty and What to Expect

There are a lot of potential benefits that can be expected from rhinoplasty. It can be used to correct nose size in proportion to other features, to change nose width at the bridge, to alter the shape and position of the nostrils. It can also correct bumps or depressions in the bridge of the nose, nasal tip issues, and improve nasal symmetry.

Most of the benefits of rhinoplasty are aesthetic, but it’s often used to treat a deviated septum. This can improve airflow and breathing, providing a solution to sleep apnea amongst other issues.

It is important to manage expectations with any cosmetic surgery. There is no such thing as a perfect nose and, while rhinoplasty can elevate the structures of your nose and improve facial harmony, you should discuss your expectations during the consultation to make sure that they are realistic.

Potential Candidates for Rhinoplasty

If you want aesthetic improvements that can be aided by changes to your nose, or you want to correct any problems with your breathing, you may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty. It ensures better results that patients are done growing before choosing this surgery. During the teenage years and early adulthood, the facial structure can still undergo changes, meaning your nose might not look the same some years after the surgery. Besides that, it’s important to ensure that your surgeon is aware of any medical conditions, including chronic diseases, and medication during the consultation. Smoking can also increase the risk of complications, and the patient should be in overall good health. If you are a smoker, you may be required to quit and wait for longer before the procedure can go forward.

Pain Management

Rhinoplasty can be a complex procedure and, as such, some pain is only natural. However, this pain can be controlled with the help of anesthetics. In most cases, local anesthetics are preferred, so you are kept awake during the procedure but your face is kept numb, so you experience no pain. For multiple procedures during the same procedure, or at the surgeon’s discretion and that patient’s preference, you can also be kept unconscious during the surgery with general anesthetic.


Downtime After the Procedure

For the week immediately following the procedure, you will most likely have to wear a nasal splint. There is also likely to be swelling and potentially bruising around the eyes. This will get worse for two to three days before it starts to get better. In two weeks’ time it have mostly healed, with some residual swelling that could take up to six months to heal. However, this swelling is only likely to be noticed by you and your doctor. After those six months, you will be able to completely see your new nose. For three to six weeks following the procedure, you need to avoid any exercise or strenuous physical activity. Overall, you should be able to return to week and to your daily life within two to three weeks. By this stage, there should be no sign of the procedure. Some pain is to be expected for those two to three weeks, but it can be controlled with pain medication or a cold pack.

Commonly Asked Questions

Will there be any noticeable scars?
Whether or not there are visible scars depends on the kind of changes you want and where the incisions have to be made. With all rhinoplasty procedures, the cuts are specifically located in areas where they will be hard to see. They may be initially pink and noticeable, but they will continue to fade and heal overtime. In most cases, they will be next to invisible, but some may have small scars at the base of the nose if extra incisions have to be made.
Will there be any changes to smell or breathing?
The only long-term changes to your breathing following a rhinoplasty will be improvements as a result of correcting a deviated septum of similar problems. However, in the short-term, you may experience other changes. You could have an altered sense of smell and may occasionally catch unpleasant odors within the first few weeks, but this is not permanent. Similarly, you may find difficulty to your breathing and even a completely blocked nose during this time. This is due to a nasal crust that can be broken up with nasal sprays or drops. This crust will stop forming in time.
How soon will I be able to see a change in my nose?
The nasal splint that you may wear for the first week or so will stop you from seeing your nose immediately. However, as soon as it is removed, you should notice the most major changes. The full extent of the changes to your nose will become most apparent within a couple of weeks, but there will still be minor residual swelling for up to six months. Additional Facts

Additional Facts

Rhinoplasty is a diverse procedure that can result in a wide range of events. What you can expect depends on your aims and the amount of work that your specific procedure will require. The answer to these questions can all be found during your consultation. Get in touch with Shonan Beauty in Irvine and we can make sure you’re on the right path.