While the shape of your nose is usually the result of heredity, the appearance may have been altered in an injury or during prior surgery. Also known as Rhinoplasty, a “nose job” is the surgical correction of nasal tip and dorsal irregularities, asymmetries, and cosmetic problems.
Rhinoplasty is an art form where the surgeon must maintain the function of the nose while making it more attractive, symmetric, and balanced with other facial features.
Am I a Good Candidate for this procedure?
You are a good candidate for rhinoplasty if:
Your facial growth is complete and you are 13 years of age or older
You are physically healthy
You stop smoking
You have specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance
Rhinoplasty can change:
- Nose size, in relation to the other facial structures
- Nose width, at the bridge
- Nose profile, with visible humps or depressions on the bridge
- Nasal tip, that is large or bulbous, drooping, or too upturned
- Nostrils that are large, wide or upturned
- Nasal asymmetry and deviation
Facelifts are very individualized procedures. Your plastic surgeon will explain in detail the technique, risks, and complications. Preoperative photos will be taken for your medical record.
How Will My Plastic Surgeon Evaluate Me?
In your initial consultation your plastic surgeon will evaluate your face, including the skin and underlying bone, and discuss your goals for the surgery.
Preparing for Surgery
Your plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain herbs, vitamins and medications. If you smoke it is especially important to stop prior to surgery; smoking inhibits blood flow to the skin and can interfere with the healing of your incision areas.
It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate and up to a year or more for the outcome of the surgery to fully refine. Although the results of nose surgery are usually permanent, cartilage may continue to reshape and move tissue that may change the outcome over time.