What Is A Rhinoplasty?
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, sometimes referred to as Nose Surgery or a Nose Job, 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.
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Who Are The Ideal Candidates For A Nose Job?
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.
When Can I Expect To See The Full Results Of My Rhinoplasty?
Patience is a virtue when recovering from nose surgery. Swelling can linger and can return later in the day and at night for weeks. It can take up to six full months for a patient to fully realize their new nose, although this schedule varies dramatically with individual patient’s healing rates. But your patience will be rewarded — rhinoplasty is a very satisfying procedure, as patients who have always had issues with features of their nose feel as if their whole facial appearance has improved with their new nose.
How Long Will My Results From Nose Surgery Last?
Unlike some cosmetic procedures with fleeting results, rhinoplasty involves permanent changes made by Dr. Ferraro. If he removes a bump on your bridge or decreases the size of a nostril, these are permanent changes. Those flaws or issues will not return. Unlike other areas of our bodies, our noses don’t change much with aging. You’ll love your new nose for the rest of your life.
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.
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When Can I Return To Exercise After Rhinoplasty?
The problem with exercise after rhinoplasty is blood flow to the face. Working out too strenuously too soon after your surgery can lead to bleeding. In most cases, light walking is all that should be done. Dr. Ferraro allows patients to begin gentle, not-impact exercise, such as swimming or bicycling, in three to four weeks. Running and impact exercise needs to wait.
After about six weeks, your nose structures should be healed, and you can return to most exercise routines. Contact sports may need to wait even a couple weeks more. If you’re a weekend warrior in a beer league hockey or basketball league, be sure to mention that to Dr. Ferraro, so he can give you a timeline for your return to action without damaging your new nose.
Is Rhinoplasty Safe?
Rhinoplasty is one of the original cosmetic surgeries, with the first documented “nose job” performed by an American surgeon in 1887. It has been performed millions of times around the world since its debut. Each year in the U.S., around a quarter of a million people have nose surgery. That points to the ultimate safety of these procedures.
There are the general risks that accompany any surgery: anesthesia reaction, infection, bleeding, poor wound healing, scarring, and changes in skin sensation. Specific to this procedure, the patient may have difficulty breathing, skin discoloration and continued swelling, possible perforation of the nasal septum, or unsatisfactory final results. If further changes are needed, revision surgery may be necessary.
All of these risks are even more remote thanks to the board-certified expertise and decades of surgical experience of Dr. Ferraro.
Is Nose Surgery Painful?
This isn’t an overly painful recovery. It’s more a question of discomfort due to having to sleep upright, being careful not to bump or put any weight on your new nose and swelling. Swelling can come and go for months, especially at night. Most of the pain involved will resolve within the first few days.
Cost of Rhinoplasty
The cost of rhinoplasty with Dr. Ferraro depends on your unique situation. Costs can vary depending upon your goals for your surgery. For instance, building up an overly small nose is more difficult than decreasing the size of an overly large nose, so the costs of the two procedures could vary.
During your consultation, when Dr. Ferraro has a chance to examine your nose and to hear your goals, we can give you an estimate of the cost of your unique procedure.
Does Insurance Cover Rhinoplasty?
If your nose surgery, whether rhinoplasty or septoplasty (to adjust the septum, the wall inside your nose that divides the nasal passages into a right and left side), is primarily intended to correct issues with function, then insurance is likely to cover the procedure. Of course, some cosmetic adjustments can be made at the same time as structural improvements.
If your rhinoplasty is strictly cosmetic, insurance will treat it as an elective surgery and will not provide coverage.
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