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Rhinoplasty for Aesthetic Reasons

 

Introduction

Aesthetic rhinoplasty is nose surgery performed to improve the appearance of the nose. Unlike septoplasty, aesthetic rhinoplasty surgery is not focused primarily on addressing structural abnormalities (i.e., deviated septum) that affect breathing function. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose and believe it does not suit the rest of your face, you may be a candidate for rhinoplasty for aesthetic reasons. The Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York team offers surgery to correct a number of aesthetic concerns.

Issues Rhinoplasty Can Address

Aesthetic nose surgery addresses cosmetic issues such as:

  • Bump or indentation on the bridge of the nose
  • Oversize or wide nose
  • Crooked or off-center nose
  • Asymmetrical nose
  • Droopy or upturned tip
  • Large, wide or uneven nostrils

Aesthetic revision rhinoplasty can also be performed to repair poor results from a prior nasal surgery.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure

A nose job is generally performed on an outpatient basis at our AAAHC accredited surgical facilities. General anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation will be administered, so you won’t feel any pain during surgery.

The surgeon will use one of two approaches during rhinoplasty. If using the closed approach, he will make the surgical incision(s) inside the nostrils. Through the incision, he will modify bone, cartilage and tissue as necessary to accomplish the surgical goals and correct the aesthetic issue being addressed. If need be, he can graft skin or cartilage from another area of the body to provide support and structure. Since the incisions are limited to the inside of the nose in the closed approach, there won’t be any external scarring.

If the surgeon is using the open approach, he will make an additional surgical incision across the columella (i.e., the small strip of skin separating the nostrils). The open approach allows better access to the underlying nasal structures, but can leave a very faint scar on the columella. In open rhinoplasty cases, the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team uses meticulous techniques to make sure any scarring will be extremely discreet.

After making the necessary surgical alterations, our plastic surgeon will close the incisions with sutures and place surgical dressings.

Recovering from Rhinoplasty

Bruising and swelling are common after rhinoplasty. If you have initial discomfort after your nose job, the surgeon can prescribe oral pain medication to control it.

Everyone heals at a different pace, but you should plan to take about two weeks off from work or school to recover from surgery. During this time, avoid any strenuous activities, including bending and lifting. Always keep your head elevated during the acute recovery phase. Our team will schedule several follow-up appointments to check your healing progress, remove your sutures (if needed) and advise when it is safe to return to work, school and your regular activities.

Swelling can take several months to completely subside. You will notice your results very soon after surgery, but the final results will continue to reveal themselves after about 12 months as swelling dissipates.

Post-Op Results

Aesthetic rhinoplasty requires the skill and technique of an experienced nose surgeon; in addition to having technical expertise, the surgeon must have an eye for artistry, balance and proportion. The Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team has a reputation for producing beautiful and natural-looking results. We want our patients to maintain their unique expressions and features, and strives to make surgical modifications appear subtle.

Contact Our NYC or Long Island Centers

If you would like to schedule a consultation to talk about aesthetic rhinoplasty, please contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York by calling 631-499-1831 (Long Island) or 212-206-0023 (NYC) or sending us an email.