What Is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job” or “nose reshaping surgery,” is a procedure designed to modify the shape of the nose, improve facial harmony, correct imperfections or improve nasal symmetry. While completely normal to have some facial asymmetry, rhinoplasty can help improve overall balance of facial features in the vertical and horizontal dimensions and address large symmetrical disparities from the front or the profile view.
Rhinoplasty is a common, outpatient procedure that can be used to address the following:
- Nasal width at the bridge
- Size or position of nostrils
- Nasal symmetry
- Nasal size in relation to the face
- Nasal profile, including humps or indentions of the dorsum (bridge).
In addition to addressing cosmetic concerns, rhinoplasty can also correct a deviated septum. This condition is when the internal airway is obstructed, resulting in impaired air flow. If you are experiencing potential symptoms of a deviated septum, it is important to discuss those concerns with your surgeon.
Types of Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure performed in the comfort and safety of our private, state-of-the-art facility. During rhinoplasty, Dr. Schaffer will access the cartilage within the nose. This can be done through “closed rhinoplasty” or “open rhinoplasty,” depending on the goals of the procedure and the shape and structure of the nose. Closed rhinoplasty is performed through incisions inside the nostrils where they are not visible. Open rhinoplasty is performed through the connective tissue between your nostrils (also called the columella) at the base of the nose in order to allow access to the cartilage and tissue. While this incision is visible, Dr. Schaffer can skillfully minimize the visibility of any resulting scar by hiding it in existing contours of the nose.
Both forms of rhinoplasty will make the cartilage and tissue that Dr. Schaffer needs to address accessible. Once the incision has been made, he will augment or reduce cartilage to achieve your desired shape and size. Dr. Schaffer may also use sutures to reshape existing cartilage. After the underlying nasal structure is modified to reshape the nose, Dr. Schaffer will close the incisions and place a covering dressing of tape and splint material to allow the nose to heal in the desired shape.
What to Expect After Rhinoplasty
Because rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, you can expect to return home on the same day of your surgery. You should expect to go home with a splint on the outside of your nose and potentially an internal splint if work on the septum is performed. Most patients can expect to see an improved shape and proportion with initial splint removal after one week. It is common for results to evolve for several months as residual swelling resolves and true “final” results can take up to a year.
Choosing Rhinoplasty at Schaffer Plastic Surgery
As rhinoplasty modifies the cartilage and tissue within the nose, it is recommended for individuals whose facial growth is complete—meaning your nose is not expected to change shape in the future. It is also important to discuss your goals with Dr. Schaffer before undergoing the procedure in order to understand the realistic results that can be expected.
As with most cosmetic procedures, rhinoplasty is an investment in greater self-confidence and self-image, and it is important to consider several factors as you choose the procedure. As an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Schaffer always considers patient safety his top priority. For patients needing help paying for out-of-pocket health care or procedure costs not covered by insurance, Schaffer Plastic Surgery is pleased to offer CareCredit for rhinoplasty.
At Schaffer Plastic Surgery, each rhinoplasty procedure is highly individualized to meet each patient’s goals and desired results. Call us today at 205.619.9905 to schedule a consultation.