Rhinoplasty is among the top five most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States, with over 100,000 procedures performed in 2010 alone. For patients who are unhappy with the size and shape of their nose, rhinoplasty, otherwise known as nose reshaping surgery, or a nose job, is a welcomed cosmetic solution. Because the nose is decidedly the most prominent facial feature, altering its size and shape can have a tremendous impact on one’s appearance. When performed by a qualified cosmetic surgeon, rhinoplasty can greatly improve the balance of facial features, helping patients discover newfound confidence. If you have considered undergoing rhinoplasty, there are a few important things to consider. Here you can learn more about the procedure, its costs, the possible risks and benefits, and much more.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a form of plastic surgery that modifies the shape and size of the nose. While most of these procedures are performed for aesthetic reasons, rhinoplasty can also be used as a solution to structural defects that may cause breathing problems. The nose reshaping procedure is an outpatient plastic surgery treatment that typically lasts one to two hours. During this time your plastic surgeon will sculpt the cartilage and bone of the nose to achieve a specific look. Rhinoplasty can be performed in two ways: open or closed. Open rhinoplasty requires an incision across the columella, and gives a surgeon easier access to the nasal tissue. During a closed procedure, all incisions are made within the nostrils. Your surgeon will decide the best treatment option for you based on your desired results.
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Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a popular procedure for both men and women. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has reported that nearly 24 percent of procedures are performed on males. Individuals who are interested in receiving nose reshaping surgery should be at least in their mid-teens, in order to ensure that the nasal bone has mature and the shape of the nose has stabilized. It is recommended that girls be at least 14 years old, while boys should be at least 15 years old. Patients who are unhappy with their appearance due to certain ethnic characteristics are also able to receive rhinoplasty. In addition to being in good general health, it is important for potential candidates to have realistic expectations regarding the procedure. Discuss your specific needs with your surgeon, make certain that results are practical and can be achieved, and learn about non-surgical nose reshaping options.
How will Rhinoplasty Benefit Me?
Rhinoplasty can have tremendous aesthetic benefits for patients who are unhappy with appearance of their natural nose. By altering the size and shape of the nose, this surgery can positively affect the balance of facial features. Patients who undergo this procedure often feel more confident about their appearance and may experience a boost in self esteem. Nose reshaping surgery has functional benefits as well, and is effective solution for patients who suffer from certain breathing difficulties.
Are There Risks Associated with Rhinoplasty?
As with all surgical procedures, there are risks involved with rhinoplasty. Bleeding, infection, and reactions to medication or anesthesia are possible side effects of a nose job. In addition, there are several risks that are unique to nose reshaping surgery. These include burst blood vessels that can lead to red spots and small scars on the underside of the nose. Patients also run the risk of being unhappy with the results of the surgery. In those cases, revision rhinoplasty may be performed. Choosing a qualified cosmetic surgeon will reduce the risk of complications.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
While some results of rhinoplasty can be seen shortly after surgery, the full effect of a nose job can take up to 1 year to develop. After swelling has subsided, patients will have a better idea of the final result. The amount of change that occurs following surgery is dependent on the treatment performed by your plastic surgeon. Even so, slight changes to the structure of the nose-sometimes as little as a few millimeters- can produce drastic and pleasing results. Scarring associated with nose reshaping surgery is minimal, and in the case of closed rhinoplasty surgery, is limited to the inside of the nose. To ensure satisfactory healing, it is important to follow your physician’s instructions for post-operative care.
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How Much Does Rhinoplasty Surgery Cost?
Because the rhinoplasty procedure is different for each patient, the cost of treatment will vary depending on a number of factors. Among the elements that go into the cost of rhinoplasty surgery are medical testing, surgeon’s fees, facility costs, anesthesia fees, prescriptions for medication, and other post-operative care, if applicable. It is important to discuss the total cost of surgery with your physician, as well as payment and financing options. Patients who are undergoing rhinoplasty as a health-related procedure may be covered by insurance.
Did You Know …
According to the Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 41% of patients who received rhinoplasty surgery in 2010 were between the ages of 22 and 35.
Contact a Facial Plastic Surgeon
To schedule your personal rhinoplasty consultation, contact a local facial plastic surgeon.