If you happen to be Cyrano de Bergerac, you can respond to comments about your nose with a barrage of scathing witticisms that will make everyone fear to insult you. For most of us, however, a nose that is misshapen, damaged or simply too large is a source of social insecurity. For this reason, you should not be ashamed of getting a nose job even if it is only to improve your appearance.
There are also medical reasons why you might need rhinoplasty. A deviated septum (the part of the nose between the nostrils) can interfere with breathing during sleep. The resulting sleep apnea can lead to snoring, which can hinder your ability to sleep through the night (to say nothing of that of anyone within earshot). Over time, this can degrade your health.
It can smooth the contours of the nose, adjust the tip or fix a deviated septum. To adjust the shape of the nose, the surgeon reshapes the cartilage and bone under the skin. A good surgeon will place the incisions on the inside of the nose if possible. This is called a closed rhinoplasty. If the surgeon needs to make a cut in the outside skin, he or she will probably make it in the skin between the nostrils. This is an open rhinoplasty. Neither kind should be performed until the nose is fully developed.
After surgery, there will be a certain amount of swelling, a little bruising and maybe some temporary skin numbness. The bruising fades within a week to ten days, but the swelling can last for several weeks. There will be less swelling with a closed rhinoplasty than with an open one. If you are not satisfied with the results, you may want revision rhinoplasty, but it is best to wait for at least a year before doing this. Sometimes a it is accompanied by a chin implant, to give balance to the face.
When choosing a surgeon to perform your nose job, look for someone who has a state-of-the-art operating suite and who’s Web site has plenty of before and after photographs of rhinoplasties. Another tool a surgeon should have is computer imaging software to help you choose exactly the right look for your nose.
Dr. Sean Freeman is Charlottes most experienced rhinoplasty surgeon, certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology, or head and neck surgery. He has been a facial plastic surgery specialist since 1988. Many patients who have gone to other surgeons come to him for revision rhinoplasty. If you live in or near Charlotte and are interested in rhinoplasty, schedule an appointment or online consultation today.