When one area of the face is not balanced with the other features, it can interrupt someone’s facial harmony. Among the most eye-catching facial characteristics is the nose. This isn’t surprising, as the nose is at the center of the face.
Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, can be performed to change the size or shape of the nose. Many people don’t want a nose that stands out but would rather that it blends in with the other facial features. Rhinoplasty can correct specific characteristics of the nose caused by heredity, injury, or previous surgery.
Find out if rhinoplasty surgery is right for you. Call Plastic Surgeons of Lexington at 859-276-3883 for a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Achieved with Rhinoplasty
A More Defined Nose
The nose is the most prominent feature of the face, and when it is disproportionate with the other facial elements, it can be unflattering and distracting. By undergoing rhinoplasty, a patient can have the nose altered to their desired size and shape. They can achieve a nose that is aesthetically pleasing and that provides definition to the entire face.
A More Harmonious Facial Profile
Many people notice their entire face has been transformed with rhinoplasty. By improving the nose and having the nasal appearance blend with the other facial attributes, a patient can achieve an overall more harmonious facial profile.
Improved Nasal Function
Although popularized as a cosmetic procedure, rhinoplasty is also commonly performed for functional reasons. Many people suffer from a deviated septum, which is a condition in which the septum (the partition of cartilage that separates the two nostrils) is crooked. A deviated septum can cause obstructions in breathing that often prompt more threatening conditions such as sinus problems, snoring, or sleep apnea. Septoplasty can be combined with rhinoplasty to correct a deviated septum while also improving the aesthetics of the nose.
Before rhinoplasty, many patients might have steered away from taking photos or interacting at social events. Some people felt their nasal appearance was affecting their ability to excel in their career. Once the nose is reshaped and resized to create a more defined and harmonious appearance, patients can return to everyday life with more confidence, ready to show off their rejuvenated, improved facial presence.
Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Before nose surgery, medications will be administered to provide comfort during the procedure. An incision will be made across the narrow strip that separates the nostrils (columella) and on the undersurface of the nostrils hidden from sight. Through the incisions, bone or cartilage can be removed, tissues can be reshaped, and a deviated septum can be straightened.
Your Rhinoplasty Options
- Incisions are hidden inside the nose
- No scarring will be visible
- Special tools are used to reshape the nose from the inside
- Allows for limited visibility and limited dissection of the nasal tissues
- An incision across the columella leaves the only visible scar
- Incision on the undersurface of nostril is not noticeable
- Columellar scar typically heals well
- The skin and cartilage are gently raised to allow access to reshape the structures of the nose
- This allows the nose to be fully open during the procedure for better visualization of the nasal structures
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
Someone who is bothered by the size or shape of their nose may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty. Nose surgery is a personalized procedure and can improve the overall appearance of the nose and its relation to the other facial features.
Our plastic surgeons will evaluate your individual case and goals for improvement to help you decide if rhinoplasty is right for you. Typically, an ideal patient is in good health, has realistic expectations, and is undergoing the procedure for themselves. Schedule a rhinoplasty consultation to get started.
What can be addressed during rhinoplasty?
Patients can achieve their ideal nasal size and shape. The following can be addressed during rhinoplasty:
- Alteration or reshaping of the nasal bridge
- Reduction of the shape or width of the nose
- Reshaping of the nasal tip
- Reduction of the nostrils
- Adjustment of the angle between the nose and the upper lip
- A deviated septum
What is the recovery like for rhinoplasty?
After rhinoplasty, a splint or packing may be placed inside the nose for support, and bandages are used to cover the incisions. Patients will experience a few weeks of swelling and bruising. It is important that patients keep their head elevated and avoid touching the nose to ensure quicker, more efficient healing. Most patients will notice residual swelling over the next year. By this time, the nasal structures should refine, revealing a more permanent outcome.
Is rhinoplasty painful?
During the procedure, the anesthesia will provide a painless surgery process. After surgery, oral pain medications will be prescribed to alleviate any discomfort.less treatment. During your recovery, oral pain medication can be used to control any associated discomfort.
Can rhinoplasty be combined with other surgical procedures?
Considering everyone’s face is asymmetrical to some degree, patients should not expect perfectly symmetrical results. The goal of rhinoplasty is to create facial balance and correct proportions. Nose surgery can be combined with chin, cheek, or jaw implants to better define and enhance your rhinoplasty results.
How much does rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of rhinoplasty will depend on the surgeon’s experience, geographic location, and individual patient’s surgery plan. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost of rhinoplasty in 2014 was $4,694. This average fee does not include anesthesia costs, operating room facilities, or any other related expenses. At Plastic Surgeons of Lexington, we offer many financing options to make your procedure more affordable.
Is nose surgery right for you? Our board-certified plastic surgeons will fully evaluate your goals during a hands-on rhinoplasty consultation. Call Plastic Surgeons of Lexington at 859-276-3883 today to get started.