A ‘nose job,’ or rhinoplasty, is a surgery performed on the nose to change its shape or improve its function. Typically an outpatient procedure, a nose job requires general or local anesthesia and is performed by a plastic surgeon. During the operation, the surgeon makes cuts within the nostrils. In more difficult cases, the surgeon may also make cuts across the base of the nose. The surgeon then reshapes the inner bone and cartilage to produce a more pleasing appearance.
Why Choose a Nose Job?
For most people, rhinoplasty is a purely elective surgery designed to reshape the nose to achieve a more desirable appearance. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, rhinoplasty can treat a number of issues, including:
- Nose size in relation to facial balance.
- Nose width at the bridge or in the size and position of the nostrils.
- Nose profile with visible humps or depressions on the bridge.
- Nasal tip that is enlarged or bulbous, drooping, upturned, or hooked.
- Nostrils that are large, wide, or upturned.
- Nasal asymmetry.
In other cases, rhinoplasty is used to correct the nose after an injury, improve an obstructed airway or deviated septum, or repair a problem with the cartilage that separates the nostrils.
Risks and Recovery
Any surgery comes with a risk of bleeding, infection, or an adverse reaction to anesthesia. Additional risks of rhinoplasty include nosebleeds, numbness, scarring, and swelling.
A nasal splint is usually required for the first week or so. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activity for up to six weeks.
After surgery, patients will experience swelling and some bruising around the eyes. This typically begins to improve after the third day but can last up to 2 weeks. After two to three weeks, there won’t be any recognizable signs of surgery. A small amount of swelling, which will be unnoticeable, may remain for about six months. Once the nose has fully healed, its final shape will be apparent.
Cosmetic Surgery at Muskegon Surgical Associates
If you’re considering a nose job (or any cosmetic surgery), the board-certified plastic surgeons at Muskegon Surgical Associates will take the time to thoroughly discuss all your options with you, making sure you’re completely comfortable with your decision.
Contact us or call (231) 739-1933 for a consultation or more information.