The Center For SmartLipo & Plastic Surgery is pleased to have the expertise of board-certified facial plastic surgeon Aaron L. Shapiro, M.D. Dr. Shapiro performs a full range of facial plastic surgery procedures for cosmetic reasons as well as reconstructive procedures. Dr. Shapiro is an internationally recognized expert in his field and has pioneered a number of cosmetic surgery procedures.
Rhinoplasty is the second most requested facial cosmetic surgery among North Americans today. More commonly referred to as a “nose job”, a rhinoplasty will change the external shape of the nose. The procedure can correct visual imperfections caused by nasal trauma, a congenital defect, respiratory impediment, or a previously failed surgery.
Aside from its many functional benefits, Rhinoplasty often has a tremendous positive impact on a person’s overall confidence and self-esteem.
Rhinoplasty: What to Expect
The nose is a very complex structure, and proper planning for a nose job requires consideration of a number of variables, including the patient’s nasal anatomy, skin type, and desired outcome.
The procedure begins with small incisions made on the inside of the nose to expose the internal bone and cartilage support system. Additional incisions are sometimes necessary to separate the nostrils and provide a greater range of skin flexibility during the procedure but are not always required. The need for these extra incisions is evaluated by the surgeon on a case by case basis.
After the incisions are made, the nose is reshaped by removing or adding to the original tissue structure. Once the new nose has been formed, the incisions are closed and a splint is applied to the bridge of the nose to help maintain the new shape while the nose heals.
It is normal for patients to experience facial bruising and minor swelling in the days following a nose job surgery. The amount of time needed for complete recovery after Rhinoplasty varies from patient to patient. Proper post-operative care is essential to the healing process.
Depending on the extent of reconstruction and techniques used during the surgery, the body will often take a minimum of two weeks to heal and adjust to the changes.*
Is Rhinoplasty right for you?
Rhinoplasty is performed on thousands of men and women every year. In addition to good general health, potential candidates should at least be 15 years of age – ensuring that the nasal bones have matured and stabilized.
Because every nose is different, factors such as size, skin type, and bone structure must be considered when planning for the procedure. Prior to receiving a nose job, it is important to discuss your specific needs with your surgeon to make sure your aesthetic goals are realistic and the desired results can be achieved.
Will insurance cover the cost of a rhinoplasty?
Although all insurance companies are different, most will provide coverage for patients who have a functional breathing problem or a severe nasal deformity resulting from trauma or a medical condition. Insurance companies will not cover a rhinoplasty performed for cosmetic purposes.
How much time will I need to take off from work?
Patients may wish to take one week off from work, although some may wish to return sooner with the nasal splint in place.