Rhinoplasty (a.k.a. “Nose Job”)
Boost your self-esteem with reshaping by expert plastic surgeon in Pearl River, NY and Montvale, NJ
Informally known as a “nose job”, rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed today. It is a procedure that reshapes, reduces or augments a person’s nose in order to help it to appear to “fit” the face, boosting self-esteem and confidence. Heredity usually plays a big role in the shape of your nose, but rhinoplasty can also correct the results of an injury like a broken nose, or a birth defect.
Other than common plastic surgery for aesthetic purposes, rhinoplasty is also performed for functional reasons such as septoplasty or endoscopic sinus surgery. This can treat breathing problems, such as those that are caused by deviated septum or obstructions to the nasal passages. Many people who require a functional rhinoplasty will also choose to have cosmetic changes made at the same time.
What can rhinoplasty do for me?
Rhinoplasty procedure is excellent for the following results:
- Balances the size of the nose so it is proportional with other facial features
- Change the angle between the nose and the mouth
- Contour a nasal tip that is too large, “boxy,” droopy or upturned
- Correct asymmetry or deviation
- Improve the nasal profile, including removing humps or depressions
- Modify the width of the nose at the bridge
- Narrow and reshape the nostrils
Am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
Candidates for rhinoplasty are:
- Are at least 13 years old
- Are generally healthy
- Are seeking rhinoplasty for personal reasons, not pressure from others
- Have finished facial growth
- Have realistic goals for the procedure
How is the procedure performed?
Rhinoplasty is performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia, on an outpatient basis. This procedure usually takes about one to two hours.
Dr. Fiorillo will use one of two techniques. As a closed rhinoplasty procedure, incisions are made within the nostrils. Open rhinoplasty requires the incision to be made across the columella (the skin area between the nostrils). In both methods, the soft tissues that cover the nose are gently lifted. Dr. Fiorillo sculpts the bone and cartilage into the desired shape. Any additional cartilage needed for augmentation can often be taken from the septum.
If the septum is deviated, Dr. Fiorillo will make that adjustment and correct the inner structures to improve breathing. The tissues are re-shaped and then sutured closed. If the patient would like nostril reshaping that will be done during the final steps of rhinoplasty.
What is the recovery from nose surgery like?
Patients may experience some swelling and bruising, puffiness, nose ache or dull headache, bleeding or stuffiness for a short time after the surgery. Most feel much better within two days and can return to work in approximately a week.
Rhinoplasty results show gradually, as days pass and swelling recedes. Swelling may appear from time to time during the first year after the procedure, more noticeable in the morning and then decreases during the day.
Patients can wear contact lenses immediately. However, glasses may need to be propped on your cheeks or taped to your forehead to avoid any weight on the nose, for up to 7 weeks.
What are the possible risks of rhinoplasty?
Complications, when they do occur, rest assured are minor and rare. There may be nosebleeds, which are usually a reaction to the anesthesia or infection.
What is revision rhinoplasty?
Secondary or revision rhinoplasty can correct deformities caused by previous nose procedures. It is more challenging due to the fact that there is less cartilage to utilize if enhancement is necessary and there may be tissue tightening and scarring. However, a skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Fiorillo can improve the function and the appearance of the nose.
For more information
Dr. Fiorillo has partnered with The Plastic Surgery Center Internationale’s rhinoplasty expert, Dr. Giampapa, at his offices for plastic surgeons in Pearl River, NY and Montvale, NJ to bring you the absolute best in facial reshaping. To schedule an appointment or consultation, contact us via email or call 845-247-5245.