A Nose that Flatters the Rest of Your Face. As the most noticeable element of the face, there is no way to conceal a nose that is oversized, crooked or otherwise unflattering. Improving aesthetic imperfections on the nose requires a surgical operation called rhinoplasty (nose reshaping surgery). If you would like to correct a bothersome aspect of your nose, please contact board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Anshu Gupta of Verve Plastic Surgery.
Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
You may be a suitable candidate for rhinoplasty if your nose:
- Is too large or too small for your face
- Is crooked
- Has oversized or flared nostrils
- Has a bump on the bridge
- Has a droopy, upturned or bulbous tip
- Has a deviated septum that impedes normal breathing through the nostrils
In order to qualify for surgery, you should be in good physical and psychological health and not have any medical conditions that could affect the operation or your recovery. You should have realistic expectations of surgery and understand all aspects of the procedure, including possible (but rare) complications.
More about Rhinoplasty Surgery
Rhinoplasty is generally performed on an outpatient basis at a hospital or surgery center. Anesthesia is used for your complete comfort.
Rhinoplasty can be performed using either an open or closed approach. During open rhinoplasty, the incisions are made across the strip of skin separating the nostrils (called the columella), and the skin is separated from the underlying nasal structures. This incision approach allows for greater visual access during the procedure, but leaves only a faint and well concealed scar across the columella. During closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are limited to inside the nostrils, eliminating the chance of any visible scarring.
Through the incisions, the internal structures of the nose are modified according to the treatment plan. This could include removing a bump on the bridge of the nose, removing cartilage to reduce the size of the nose or refining the nasal tip. A deviated septum can also be corrected to enable proper breathing function through the nostrils.
Recovering from Rhinoplasty
After rhinoplasty, your nose will be swollen and sore. Your eye area will also look bruised and your face may be puffy. You will have a splint in place to protect your nose as it heals, and to shield it from any accidental contact. Do not remove this splint yourself; it should only be removed at the doctor’s discretion.
During your initial recovery, get as much rest as possible. Keep your nose elevated and any bandages in place. Take pain medication as prescribed and needed.
Rhinoplasty patients typically take a few weeks off from work, school, exercise and other normal activities to rest and heal. Do not rush yourself to return to your regular routine; too much activity too soon could cause a complication.
You will see initial results almost immediately, and results will continue to improve as the swelling resolves. It can take up to a year for the swelling to completely disappear.
Schedule a Rhinoplasty Consultation
To learn more about rhinoplasty, please contact Verve Plastic Surgery. Call (760) 436-7600 today.