Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) Paramus, NJ
It’s hard to get away from your nose. Every morning, there it is looking right back at you in the mirror. Many people have hated the shape of their nose since they were teenagers. Others have had their nose injured, so now it is crooked or otherwise damaged. Nose surgery, clinically known as rhinoplasty, can correct orchange your nose so you like what you see every morning.
Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures and has been for a long time. Whether the changes are subtle or more extensive, nose surgery can reshape, reduce, or augment your nose to bring it more in line with the rest of your face, and to boost your self-confidence.
Nose surgery may be purely cosmetic, or it can be functional. Some rhinoplasty has the goal of repairing nose defects or damage, or correcting breathing problems.
Do I need a nose job?
The desire/need for rhinoplasty with Dr. Ferraro usually comes down to three areas: appearance, injury correction, or breathing correction.
Obviously, most people have nose surgery to change the way their nose looks. Surgery can provide a big boost to a person’s self-esteem. These are some common reasons behind cosmetic nose surgery:
- Your nose has a bump on the bridge.
- Your nose has a bulbous tip.
- Your nose seems too wide for your face.
- Your tip droops or plunges.
- Your nose simply appears too big.
- Your nostrils are excessively flared.
- Your nose is not symmetrical.
- Your nose is crooked from an injury.
Injury or breathing problems
Whether you’ve broken your nose in a Turkey Bowl football game, a car wreck, or wherever, rhinoplasty can fix it. If your breathing has been constricted, your nasal passages can be opened with a septoplasty.
Cosmetic nose issues can be especially difficult for a teenage girl. But before surgery is an option, the person’s nose needs to be fully developed. In women, the nose is usually completely developed by age 15 or 16; in men it is 17 or 18.
Open vs. closed rhinoplasty
Dr. Ferraro uses either open or closed rhinoplasty methods, depending on your situation. In closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are made within the nostrils. In the open method, the incision is made across the columella, the tissue between the nostrils. The soft tissue is then pulled up and off of the underlying structures. The goal is to access the bone and cartilage beneath the soft tissue. Dr. Ferraro can then shave a bump off or otherwise reshape the bone and cartilage. Sometimes additional cartilage or material is needed to build up an area. This can be taken from the septum, ears, and ribs. Also, silastic implants can be used. If the nose is to be made smaller, the nasal bones will be fractured.
Recovery from nose surgery
Immediately following your surgery, a splint is placed on your nose to help it maintain its new shape. The splint will come off in one week, but your face will feel puffy and the area around your eyes and nose will be swollen. Cold compresses and medication will help. For the first few days after surgery, you’ll need to keep your head elevated and relatively still. It will take around 10 to 14 days for the majority of the swelling and bruising to improve. You’ll need to avoid any strenuous activity for several weeks.