The nose is your face’s central feature. With its size, location, and shape, it can complement your appearance or be a distraction. For people who question the appearance of their nose, rhinoplasty may help them reach their aesthetic goals.
Facial harmony is often a driving reason for patients to seek rhinoplasty, also known as a ‘nose job.’ How about you? Do you think your nose completes your face, or is it a distraction?
Some nose features that might make you think about surgery are:
- Crooked nostrils or nose bridge
- Large bridge hump
- Bulbous tip, or sharp angle to the tip
- Tip crease
- The nose is too large or small
Another reason some choose rhinoplasty is trouble breathing through the nose. Nasal obstructions can make it difficult to exercise, sleep and can cause sleep apnea and snoring.
Like Beverly Hills eyelid surgery, choosing rhinoplasty is a big decision, and you need to consider many factors. Please continue reading to learn more about why having rhinoplasty could be right for you.
Rhinoplasty is done under general anesthesia, and the surgeon makes a small incision along the base of your nose, which will be almost invisible after it heals. This incision is connected to two other incisions in the nose, which cannot be seen.
The interior incisions allow the surgeon to access the bones and cartilage of the nose. Then, the surgeon reshapes the nose and clears the nasal passageways, if necessary.
Usually, the surgeon doesn’t need to break the nose during rhinoplasty. However, if the patient had nose trauma in the past, such as a car accident, the bones might be shifted to a more customary shape.
If you have a hump in the bridge, your surgeon may smooth it to a smooth line or gentle curve.
You will wake from anesthesia and be taken home by a friend or family member.
It’s hard to breathe through your nose during early recovery because of splints inside to keep the bones and septum in place. The most swelling usually is on the third day, then fades.
You may have bruises under the eyes for about a week, and it’s recommended to take at least a week or two off school or work.
Your surgeon will remove your cast and splints after a week, then you can go back to vigorous exercise if you want. But you shouldn’t participate in contact sports for six to eight weeks.
Rhinoplasty Risks And Complications
If you choose a skilled surgeon, you shouldn’t have significant complications. But there are risks with rhinoplasty, including:
- Anesthesia allergy
- Numbness or pain
- Septal perforation
- Poor incision healing and scarring
- Revision surgery may be needed
- Swelling and skin discoloration
- Patient dislikes result
Dr. Lahar will discuss potential rhinoplasty risks and complications during your consultation.
Tips For Undergoing Rhinoplasty
Having cosmetic surgery is always a significant decision, and it’s even more critical when changing something as apparent as the nose. If you think you want rhinoplasty, consider these tips:
Rhinoplasty is a significant surgery, and it’s essential to have realistic expectations. For example, if you go into the surgery that your nose will look exactly like a celebrity’s, you could be disappointed.
Skilled plastic surgeons who perform many rhinoplasties understand that a ‘good nose’ for one patient may not be for another. Therefore, whatever changes the surgeon makes to your nose, the result must suit the rest of your face.
The idea behind rhinoplasty is to enhance the nose and not to give you “Jennifer Aniston’s nose.’
For a natural, attractive result, you want a nose that matches your other features and is in harmony with your face.
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There Is No Perfect Nose
If you tell Dr. Lahar that you want a ‘perfect nose,’ he may question if you’re suited for the procedure. Unfortunately, there is no perfect nose in rhinoplasty that fits every patient.
Expecting a ‘perfect’ result will disappoint you. The most important thing to remember about your nose job is that it is in harmony with the rest of the face. You don’t need someone else’s nose, you need what looks best for you based on the nose you have.
Research Plastic Surgeons
This is critical because rhinoplasty is one of the most challenging plastic surgeries. A surgeon may do many Beverly Hills facelifts, Beverly Hills tummy tucks, Beverly Hills breast augmentations, and Beverly Hills Botox injections. But if they aren’t highly skilled and experienced in rhinoplasty, you may be disappointed.
You should check if the surgeon is board-certified and ask how often they do rhinoplasties. Ask for before-and-after photos of people with similar faces to yours. Also, check online reviews on Google Reviews and Yelp to see if past rhinoplasty patients were happy with their results.
Plan For Recovery
Rhinoplasty recovery can be painful at first, and there will be significant bruising and swelling. Many advise taking two weeks off work and taking it easy. You should avoid strenuous exercise and anything that can jar your nose.
However, you should go for a daily walk to boost circulation and speed up the healing process.
It Takes Time
After the bandages and splint come off, you will get an idea of what your ‘new’ nose looks like. But keep in mind that swelling and bruising will prevent you from seeing the final result at first.
It can take more than a month for the more significant swelling to recede. And it can take up to six months before you see the result.
The key here is to be patient and let your body heal. You’ll eventually see the result, but it takes time.
Request A Rhinoplasty Consultation
Thinking about rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills? Dr. Nicholas Lehar is proud to serve Beverly Hills patients in cosmetic surgery practice. During your consultation, he will discuss your rhinoplasty goals and determine if the procedure is a good choice for you.
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