Rhinoplasty, or the nose job, has consistently been one of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery over the past few years. In 2014, 150,000 people underwent rhinoplasty. Common reasons for a nose job are to reduce a nasal hump, change the size of the tip of the nose or the direction in which it points, or repair a deviated septum — but every nose job is different, starting with a unique nose and ending with a specific outcome. To change the shape of the nose, the surgeon remolds the bone and cartilage under the skin. To get the best result, the incisions of rhinoplasty are usually done inside the nose, where no one can see them. The medical term for this is a closed rhinoplasty. The advantage of it is that the swelling that usually happens after the surgery will go away quickly. But sometimes an incision is needed in the outside skin. This is called an open rhinoplasty, and the incision is usually put in the skin between the nostrils.
Not only are no two noses alike, but the skin on the nose is thin in some places, thicker in others. As a general rule, the thicker the skin, the thinner the cartilage underneath. This again means that nose jobs must be tailored to the patient. And in some cases the best way to improve the nose is with a chin implant. This gives balance to the face, enhancing the effect of the nose job. About one in five patients seeking rhinoplasty should consider a chin implant. After surgery, there tends to be swelling, moderate bruising and sometimes temporary skin numbness. All of these effects go away fairly quickly — the bruising fades within a week to ten days, while the swelling can last for several weeks.
A good rhinoplasty surgeon will examine your nose, use computer imaging to show various possible outcomes so that you can describe precisely how you want your nose to look when the surgery is done, and develop a custom procedure to achieve these particular results. Look for a surgeon with a big gallery of before and after photographs of nose jobs, and one who has a state-of-the-art suite for operations.
Dr. Sean Freeman is the best rhinoplasty surgeon in Charlotte. He has been certified by two different boards of surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he has concentrated on his speciality — facial plastic surgery, including nose jobs. Many of his patients have already gotten nose jobs from other surgeons and are seeking revision rhinoplasty to improve them. If you live in or near Charlotte and want a nose job, schedule your appointment or online consultation with Charlottes top rhinoplasty surgeon today.