The nose is perhaps one of the most aesthetically influential features of your face.
An oversized or misshapen nose can not only affect your appearance but your confidence and self-esteem as well.
What is it?
- A Rhinoplasty procedure:
- Is a surgical reshaping of the nose.
- Can be done either for aesthetical or functional reasons.
- Can help correct chronic congestion and, breathing problems.
- A Rhinoplasty surgery can change:
- Nose size
- To create facial balance.
- It can be reshaped larger or smaller.
- Nose width
- At the bridge.
- In the size and position of nostrils.
- Nose profile
- To correct:
- Visible humps and bumps.
- Depressions on the bridge.
- Other defects
- Nasal tip
- To correct a nasal tip that is:
- Enlarged or bulbous.
- Nasal asymmetry
- Nose is angled differently in relation to the upper lip.
- Is done under general or local anesthesia.
- It is generally done as an outpatient procedure.
- Incisions are made to access the cartilage that supports the nose:
- Closed procedure: Incisions are hidden in the nose.
- Open procedure: Incision is made of the skin tissue that separates the nostrils.
- Depending on the objective:
- Bone and cartilage are removed.
- Tissue may be added.
- After the nose cartilage and bone have been reshaped, skin and tissue is redraped over the structure of the nose.
- A splint is placed outside the nose to support the new shape of the nose while it heals.
- After approximately one week, the splint and bandages are removed.
- Face will feel puffy.
- Area around eyes and nose will be swollen and bruised.
- It’s recommended to apply cold compressions to reduce swelling and pain.
- Most of swelling and bruising will improve in about 10 to 14 days.
- Keep your head elevated and still for first few days.
- Several weeks of recovery are needed before any strenuous activity can be done.
- Are permanent.
- Injuries experienced later as well as other factors can alter the nose’s appearance.
- Appearance will get altered if surgery is done on a nose that hasn’t fully developed.
- 15 or 16 years in females
- 17 or 18 years in males
- Injury or holes to the septum.
- Skin problems:
- Breakdown of skin tissue.
- Skin irritation from tape and bandaging.
- Nasal blockage caused by swelling.
- Change in skin sensation.
- Anesthesia risks.
- Scarring issues.
As with other surgical procedures, make sure you have clear, realistic expectations about the surgery’s results, and share these with your plastic surgeon.
A good candidate for a rhinoplasty procedure will:
- Have a complete facial growth development.
- Be physically healthy.
- Not smoke.
- Have a positive mindset and realistic goals.
Rhinoplasty costs include:
- Anesthesia fees
- Hospital or surgical facility costs
- Medical tests
- Post-surgery garments
- Prescriptions for medications
- Surgeon’s fee
According to a 2014 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average rhinoplasty cost is $4,694.
*This fee does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities, and other expenses.*