Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, also known as “nose reshaping” or a “nose job,” can improve the appearance and function of the nose. From the bridge and nostrils to the tip and overall profile of the nose, nose surgery can correct a variety of aesthetic concerns. Those with breathing problems stemming from structural impairments within the nose can also benefit from nose surgery.

 

 

Benefits of a Rhinoplasty

  • Improved nose shape: if your nose is too wide, narrow, large, etc…all this can be improved with rhinoplasty
  • Balanced facial features: a nose is in the center of the face, and improving the appearance of the nose will bring the whole face into balance
  • Improved breathing: if you have breathing problems, then septal surgery can be performed at the same time, allowing you to breathe easier

 

 

Recovery after rhinoplasty

Immediately: you will have dressings on your nose, and a splint if your bones were adjusted.

1 week: you will follow up to remove stitches if there are any, and splint.  For that week you will probably want to stay how due to the swelling.

2 weeks: at this point the bruising and swelling have subsided enough for you to go out socially.   However, your nose will still be swollen and this will not be your final result.

1 month: 80 percent of the swelling has gone.  Results will be more apparent.  Your nose begins to take its shape but the tip swelling is the last to go.  Still very early in the recovery period.

6 months-1 year: the remaining 15 percent of the swelling will dissipate and your nose will take on its final shape.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Is an open or a closed rhinoplasty better?

It depends on your situation and what changes your nose needs.  An open rhinoplasty gives the surgeon a better look into the nose, especially on the tip of the nose. It leaves a little scar on the bottom middle area of your nose, which usually cannot be seen.   Some say a closed rhinoplasty gives less swelling, some disagree.

 

Is rhinoplasty covered by insurance?

If you have breathing problems, then insurance can cover the procedure to improve function.  Otherwise it is a cosmetic procedure.

 

Is there any way to predict the results of my rhinoplasty?

There is no proven and exact way to predict the result.  Some things can help.  I sometimes use software to simulate what your nose will look like after surgery.   I find it to be a good approximation.  However, no exact method exists.

 

New York City Plastic Surgeon