With the new year about to begin, you may be interested in a new look for yourself — a bigger change than the loss of a few pounds. The second most popular form of facial plastic surgery is rhinoplasty, or the nose job — only eyelid surgery is more popular. Common reasons for a nose job are to reduce a hump on the bridge of the nose, alter the tip of the nose or repair a deviated septum. The septum is the part of the nose between the nostrils. When you see someone with a broken nose, the septum is the part where the damage is.
To alter the shape of the nose, the surgeon reshapes the bone and cartilage underneath the skin. To make sure there are no obvious surgical scars, the surgeon usually places the incisions of the nose job inside the nose, where no one can see them. Doctors call this a closed rhinoplasty. In some cases, the surgeon needs to make an incision in the skin covering the nose. This is called an open rhinoplasty, and the incision is usually made in the skin between the nostrils. In about one in five cases,It may come with a chin implant, to give balance to the face.
After surgery, there will probably be some swelling and a certain amount of bruising, and thre may be skin numbness. All of these effects will go away before too long. The bruising will fade within a week to ten days, while the swelling can last for several weeks. To get an idea of what long term results to expect, look for a surgeon with a gallery of before and after rhinoplasty photographs on his or her Web site.
Sometimes a rhinoplasty is performed to improve the results of a previous nose job. This is called a revision rhinoplasty. If you are considering this, you should wait for at least one year after the first rhinoplasty.
A good rhinoplasty surgeon can look at your nose and figure out the best way to perform the surgery. With the help of computer imaging, the surgeon can show you various possible outcomes, allowing you to describe precisely the results you want from the operation.
Dr. Sean Freeman is Charlotte’s top surgeon. He has been certified by two different surgery boards. He has devoted himself to 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 get the results they really wanted. If you live in or near Charlotte and want a nose job, schedule your appointment or online consultation today.