Some families pass down nose shapes the same way other families pass down eye colors – and while it can be a blessing to be able to show off your ethnic heritage in the form of your nose bridge, sometimes an inherited nose can cause problems. For example, some people with pronounced noses may have difficulty breathing at night, or find that the shape of their nose interferes with the tone of their singing voice. Fortunately, the experts at Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL know that one of the best solutions for nose-related issues is rhinoplasty.
How Does a Rhinoplasty Work?
A rhinoplasty is a fairly simple minimally invasive surgical procedure that is used for both cosmetic and medical purposes. Rhinoplasty procedures can take two or more hours to complete and generally involve making small incisions inside the nose to alter the shape of the nostrils, the nose tip, and even the nose bridge. In fact, this procedure can address any cosmetic or structural issue you have with the appearance of your nose and is one of the more common cosmetic surgeries to have in the country.
Will You Need Anesthesia?
Yes. Nose surgery is performed under general anesthesia, which means you will be fully sedated during your surgery. General anesthesia makes it possible to essentially sleep through the surgery, so you will not feel any discomfort during the procedure. This type of anesthesia is common for many types of cosmetic and medical surgeries, so it is generally considered safe.
One part of your consultation will be verifying that you are healthy enough for general anesthesia, which means we will need to know about any drug allergies you have, previous surgeries, and other relevant medical information.
Is There a Risk of Scarring?
No. The rhinoplasty procedures that are performed today have significantly less risk of forming scars than previous procedures due to the new methods that are being used. The vast majority of people will not need to worry about visible scarring since incisions are made on the interior of the nose. Even those who undergo drastic changes to the nose will not have to worry about any scarring issues.
How Have Nose Jobs Changed Over the Years?
The methods used for nose job surgeries a couple of decades ago are a bit different than the methods that are used today. While before surgeons may have had to be more conscious about making incisions with older methods to reduce scarring risk, the methods used today are much more minimally invasive. In fact, the methods and techniques for modern nose jobs are far less traumatic for patients than ever before thanks to new technology and research.
The fact that these procedures are less traumatic means that it is ultimately easier for the patient to recover from the treatment. There is less bleeding, bruising, and swelling thanks to the fact that the procedure methods are less invasive. This can be especially important for those who want to make drastic changes to their appearance, as they will not have to worry about excess recovery time in relation to how much work is being done.
How Customized Is This Procedure?
A nose job is one of the most customized cosmetic procedures around. With a cosmetic nose job, you can alter any specific area of your nose, from the tip to the nostril size to the height and width of your nose bridge. Any degree of alteration is acceptable as well, from the most minor and subtle alterations to the alterations that completely re-work the organic shape of your nose.
Because this procedure is so easily customizable, many patients elect to bring reference photos to their consultation appointments so that they can share their vision for how they want their nose to appear. Your surgeon will take into account your desired appearance goals while also crafting a treatment plan that will make your nose alterations appear natural and structurally sound. Sharing a clear vision for your ultimate appearance outcome is very important, so please don’t hesitate to make your appearance goals known or to describe any issues you may have with your current nose structure.
How Should You Prepare for This Procedure?
Because this is a surgery that calls for the use of general anesthesia, there are actually a few things you will need to do to prepare for this procedure. For at least one week before your surgery day, you will need to cease smoking, limit your alcohol intake, and stop taking blood-thinning medications, such as Asprin and certain supplements. You will also need to perform certain labs to ensure your health before your appointment.
You will also need to stop using certain skincare products, such as Retinol or active skin actives, particularly on your nose. You should wear SPF when exposed to the sun and avoid tanning beds or excess heat, as well. Some patients like to prepare for their recovery after the procedure by organizing easy to eat foods, loose and comfortable clothing, a recuperation area, and by taking Arnica Montana supplements, which may limit bruising and speed up healing after the procedure.
What Are Aftercare and Recovery Like?
If you’ve ever had a nosebleed in your life, then you may already know that to avoid additional bleeding you should avoid bending over or jumping for at least 24 hours. The same principle applies to after you have had a nose job. For your immediate recovery, you will need to follow several aftercare instructions, such as:
- Avoid strenuous exercise for two weeks
- No heavy lifting
- No jumping or bending over
- Do not blow your nose
- Try not to open your mouth wide
- Sneeze through the mouth
- Do not bump or rub your nose
- Avoid chewing hard foods
- Avoid sports contact for six weeks
- Try to avoid yawning or stretching your mouth
One of the most important things you will need to be aware of during your recovery is keeping your mouth closed as often as possible, as opening your mouth or chewing excessively will cause some discomfort. You will also need to keep your head elevated and avoid pull-on clothing that may bump your nose. You will need to avoid showering for 24 to 48 hours. We may provide you with additional directions for your recovery time.
How Soon Will You See Results?
Your recovery period after a nose job will generally take about six weeks, as this gives the bones and tissues in your nose long enough to settle and heal. However, if you have only minor alterations done your recovery time may be slightly shorter. To that end, most people only start to see the results of their nose job when the swelling associated with the treatment begins to go down, which could take anywhere from two to six weeks or longer depending on how much work was done.
How Long Do Results Last?
The results of this procedure are intended to last for several years, usually decades or a lifetime. This treatment lasts so long because a talented nose surgeon will be able to make long-lasting alterations that will withstand the natural aging process. It’s sometimes the case that the results of a nose job will begin to fail as less collagen is produced in the skin – however, an excellent rhinoplasty will be designed with aging in mind, so most results will last well into your mature years.
What Is This Procedure Used For?
Rhinoplasty is a procedure that is used for both medical and cosmetic purposes, which makes it somewhat unique in terms of insurance approval and use. There are just as many people who seek this treatment to correct cosmetic concerns as people who use this procedure to address medical-related issues. The three main uses of this procedure include:
Most often, this procedure is used to correct cosmetic issues such as the shape of the nose tip, the size and shape of the nostrils, and the height or width of the bridge. Cosmetic concerns are those that are related strictly to the appearance of the nose; in other words, these concerns do not interfere with the structure or function of the nose in any profound way that makes it more difficult to breathe. Cosmetic concerns can affect people who do not necessarily have structural issues related to injuries, meaning cosmetic nose jobs are purely elective.
Injury-related nose jobs, on the other hand, are related to nose concerns that are caused by an injury. Reconstructive nose jobs are designed to correct the shape and structure of the nose to make the function of the nose better. For example, those who have broken noses may use reconstructive nose jobs to fix problems that may make it more difficult to breathe through the nose.
Some people may have reconstructive nose jobs for purely medical reasons. For example, a deviated septum is a structural issue many people are born with or develop in later life due to genetics or other factors. Breathing relating issues may interfere with your ability to breathe through your nose or may cause you to snore during sleep, which can cause sleep disturbance. Nose jobs related to correcting breathing problems are often covered by insurance and are not intended to change the outward structure of the nose.
How Drastic Are the Changes to Your Appearance?
The degree of drastic change related to your nose surgery will depend on the purpose of your surgery and your planned aesthetic goals. Many people who have this procedure for medical purposes do not have any drastic alteration to the outward appearance of the nose, while people who seek this treatment for cosmetic purposes typically have noticeable changes.
Is There a Best Age To Have a Nose Job?
Yes. Although it’s never too late to have a nose job, it can sometimes be too early. Most noses only settle by age 18, which means by that age they will no longer change in relation to aging. After age 18, it’s usually safe to have a nose job for both medical and cosmetic purposes.
Who Are Ideal Candidates?
Ideal candidates for this procedure include any person who is not satisfied with the structure or function of their nose, either for medical or cosmetic purposes. Good candidates are those who are healthy enough to withstand general anesthesia and those who are over the age of 18.
Refine Your Appearance With Rhinoplasty Today!
So, what should you do when the shape of your nose is making basic daily functioning difficult or if your nose shape is no longer pleasing to your eye? The simple answer is that you seek out a cosmetic solution to alter or contour the shape of your nose. Please contact Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL to schedule your rhinoplasty consultation today.