217,000 nose jobs were performed in the United States in 2014, making it the most common type of facial plastic surgery. It covers procedures that can do anything from changing the size of the tip of the nose to making it point in a slightly different direction to reducing a nasal hump to repairing a broken nose. By straightening the septum, rhinoplasty can fix some breathing problems. With the nose in the center of the face, few things can improve the face more dramatically than improving the nose.
There are two kinds of rhinoplasty — open and closed. In both of them, the surgeon reshapes the bone and cartilage under the skin. In a closed rhinoplasty, the doctor makes the incisions inside the nose, hiding them from view and making sure the result looks completely natural. If this is not possible, the surgeon will perform an open rhinoplasty, in which an incision is made on the outside of the nose — usually between the nostrils. The greater the alteration, the better the surgeon needs to be.
After surgery, there will usually be swelling in the nose, along with some bruising. You will not be able to see exactly what your new nose looks like until the swelling has gone down. If you are not satisfied, it is possible to perform a nose job to improve the results of a previous one — a revision rhinoplasty. If you are considering this, you should wait for at least one year after the first rhinoplasty. To be sure of getting the best results the first time, look for a surgeon with a gallery of before and after rhinoplasty photographs on his or her Web site.
One mistake that patients sometimes make is to look at a photo of the nose of a celebrity (generally a celebrity with a very different face from their own) and decide they want a nose that looks just like the one in the photo. Trust the judgment of a facial plastic surgeon who can look at your whole face and decide what sort of nose is best for it. If you want more input on the process, look for a surgeon who has a computer imaging system that can show you what your face might look like with a new nose.
Dr. Sean Freeman is Charlottes top rhinoplasty surgeon. He has been certified by two different surgery boards. He has done only facial plastic surgery, including nose jobs, since 1988. Many of his patients have already gotten nose jobs from other surgeons and come to him for revision rhinoplasty to make them better. If you live in or near Charlotte and want a nose job, schedule your appointment or online consultation today.