It’s no secret that the shape of your nose can have a major influence on the appearance of your face. For example, take a look at one of the most famous rhinoplasty patients: Ashlee Simpson. Before her rhinoplasty surgery, her nose was overwhelming compared to her petite facial features; however, after re-shaping her nose, her face looks perfectly proportioned, resulting in more work as a spokeswoman and a model.
If you’ve felt that you’ve been handed a nose that isn’t right for your face, then a rhinoplasty procedure may be just what you need. The procedure involves the surgeon making tiny incisions in the inside of the nose, so the surgery scars aren’t evident as they heal. The surgeon then reshapes the nose by sculpting the tissue, bone and cartilage into the shape that you desire.
Most rhinoplasty procedures are relatively simple, and involve little time in surgery. For common nose reshapings, the patient will be treated with a local anesthesia with sedation, or a general anesthesia if needed; once the patient is asleep, the procedure takes no longer than one or two hours. Complicated rhinoplasty procedures might take longer, so be sure to ask your surgeon his or her estimate of how long your surgery will take place.
Rhinoplasty recovery times are generally not lengthy, of course it takes time for the delicate cartilage and tissue to heal from the procedure. Your surgeon may advise you to take a week or two off of work to recover, which also gives the bruising time to reduce. For the first week after the procedure, you may need to wear a shaping bandage over the nose, which will help keep your new nose shape in place.
If you’re not a fan of surgery (and let’s face it, who is?), then you’ll be delighted by recent advances in the rhinoplasty industry. Non-surgical rhinoplasty can be used to temporarily reshape the nose without the use of invasive surgical procedures. Radiesse fillers are used to give the nose your desired shape, which typically lasts for eight to twelve months (hyaluronic fillers usually last for much shorter periods of time; think five to six months). Recovery time is minimal, as non-invasive rhinoplasty doesn’t cause the level of bruising and swelling as traditional rhinoplasty procedures.
Rhinoplasty can have a drastic effect on the appearance of your face, so be sure that you’ve picked out the right nose shape you wish to have. Your surgeon can help you select the perfect nose that will suit your face shape and size and ethnicity.
If you’re ready to get the nose you were meant to have, then visit the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center in one of our two locations, San Francisco, CA and Pinole. Fill out the form in your top left corner, or call us at 510-724-8282 for our East Bay office or 415-461-5755 for our North Bay office.