Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)
Midessa Oral & Facial Surgery – Midland & Odessa TX
Rhinoplasty or nose job is one of the first cosmetic procedures ever developed. It is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures. The nose occupies a prominent position in the face. The shape and size of the nose can affect the entire appearance of the face. Nose surgery can greatly improve the facial appearance and balance. Deformities of the nose are corrected by removing, rearranging or reshaping bone or cartilage.
Rhinoplasty is also performed for medical reasons in patients who have difficulty in breathing and for deviated septum. In some cases, rhinoplasty is performed to treat snoring and sleep apnea.
Am I A Candidate for A Nose Job?
If the appearance of your nose bothers you or if you suffer from breathing problems, you may be a candidate for rhinoplasty. However, you should be medically fit and have realistic expectations of the result. Digital photographs will be taken to plan an appropriate procedure and achieve the desired results. In most cases, you may be asked to stop any medications that increase bleeding.
How Is Rhinoplasty Performed?
Rhinoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia. First, the skin of the nose is separated from the underlying skeleton of bone and cartilage. The bone and cartilage are then reshaped and the skin is re-draped over the surface. Patients who have a deviated septum may benefit by correction of this problem at the same time.
Most of the incisions are placed inside the nose and often a small incision is made on the undersurface of the nose on skin between the nostrils. In cases where the nostrils flare, the surgeon may also need to make an incision at the junction between the nose and the skin of the upper lip to narrow the flared appearance. It is common to combine rhinoplasty with chin augmentation to improve the profile.
How Long Is The Recovery?
Most people resume their normal activities within a week or two. Following surgery, a lightweight splint is applied to maintain the new shape of the nose. The splint is removed within a week. Nasal splints may be inserted at the time of surgery to protect the septum and help breathe. These are removed within a week. Congestion is common after surgery and can last for a few weeks, or until post-surgical swelling dissipates. We recommend sleeping with your head supported upright the first few nights to help you feel more comfortable.
Pain is minimal and is well controlled with medications. Bruising occurs around the eyes, but begins to fade within a few days. Discoloration usually disappears in two weeks. Swelling in the tip of the nose takes the longest to resolve.Although you will see significant improvement after 4-6 weeks, it can take up to a year or more for the swelling in the tip of the nose to complete resolve in order to see the final result.
Will My Insurance Cover The Procedure?
Your insurance company may pay for all or part of the costs associated with your surgery if it is performed as a result of nasal obstruction. It is recommended that you check with your carrier to determine if there is coverage.
What Are The Results Like?
After rhinoplasty, you should see an improvement in your nose shape, size and profile, especially in relation to your other facial features. If you underwent nose surgery to correct a deviated septum or other structural abnormality, you should see an improvement in your breathing functionality, and may notice an absence of snoring as well as a more restful night’s sleep free of disturbance.