Rhinoplasty is the most common type of facial plastic surgery, with 217,000 nose jobs performed in the United States in 2014. 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. With the nose in the center of the face, few things can improve the face more dramatically than improving the nose, but it is not merely a cosmetic procedure — by straightening the septum, it can fix some breathing problems.
One question people have about rhinoplasty is how long the recovery time is and how to best care for their nose during recovery. The bruising fades within a week to ten days, while the swelling can last for several weeks. For the first week, you should try not to blow your nose or wear glasses. (It’s a good idea to get prescription contacts before seeking a nose job.)
Another thing people sometimes want to know is whether they can have a nose just like [insert name of celebrity here]. The problem is that they generally don’t have a face just like that celebrity. It’s best to listen to the plastic surgeon. If you need more evidence, some surgeons have computer imaging systems that can show you what your face might look like with the nose you say you want. Sometimes the best way to improve the nose is to improve the chin — a weak chin can make the nose look bigger than it is, and in these cases an implant can give balance to the face. Sometimes the only thing that needs fixing is the tip of the nose. Since the tip is all cartilage, no bones need to be altered and recovery time is faster. Talk to an plastic surgeon to find out if this is right for you.
There are some non-surgical procedures for rhinoplasty. These involve the injection of fillers under the skin. This can work if a nose or part of a nose is judged to be too small or narrow. It can be done quickly, with minimal discomfort and recovery time, but the effect only lasts for about a year.
Don’t look for the cheapest nose job you can get. If you have already decided to spend thousands of dollars to improve your appearance, it makes sense to find a surgeon who understands exactly what you want and will get it right the first time.
Dr. Sean Freeman is the best rhinoplasty surgeon in Charlotte today. He’s 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. If you want a nose job, schedule your appointment or online consultation today.