Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is the reshaping of the nose. A nose job is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. During nose surgery, the surgeon is able to reshape, reduce or augment a patient’s nose for cosmetic, and sometimes functional, purposes.
Rhinoplasty patients are treated for a variety of reasons, including:
Rhinoplasty can be combined with other surgical procedures, such as a chin augmentation to enhance the aesthetic results.
Rhinoplasty is performed by double board-certified surgeon Dr. Serebrakian at the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center’s (BALCSC’s) accredited surgery center in the San Francisco area. The skin and tissues of the nose, along with the underlying bone and cartilage, are sculpted to the patient’s desired new shape. Nose surgery typically takes from 1 to 2 hours.
When additional cartilage is needed for the nose surgery, cartilage is typically taken from the patient’s nasal septum. If the patient has a deviated septum, the septum and inner structures of the nose are adjusted to improve breathing. The tissues are then re-draped and stitched closed. If necessary, nostrils are reshaped in the final stage of rhinoplasty.
There are two methods for performing a rhinoplasty: open and closed. With both methods, the soft tissues covering the nose are gently lifted, and the bone and cartilage are sculpted to the desired shape.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty refers to the use of fillers to alter and shape a person’s nose without invasive surgery. Because the procedure is not invasive, the bruising and swelling from a non-surgical rhinoplasty are minimal. Duration of the results depends on the type of filler used. RADIESSE® (calcium hydroxyapatite) lasts for 8 to 12 months, and hyaluronic acid fillers usually last for 6 to 12 months.
While initial swelling subsides within a few weeks, it may take up to a year for your new nasal contour to fully refine. During this time you may notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose as it refines to a more permanent outcome.
Immediately after surgery, the patient’s nose and eye area are usually bruised and swollen. A splint and/or packing will likely be placed in your nose and a splint or bandages placed on the outside to support and protect the new structures during initial healing. This will likely remain in and on the nose for a few days. During this period, the patient may experience some nasal pain or a dull headache, as well as some bleeding and drainage from the nose. Most patients feel like themselves within a few days and are able to return to regular activities in about a week. Swelling may come and go and worsen in the morning during the first year following your rhinoplasty surgery.
The plastic surgeon will give the patient specific recovery instructions based on the type of nose surgery he/she received.
Complications associated with rhinoplasty are rare and, when they occur, usually minor. Surgical risks, in general, include infection or adverse reaction to anesthesia. In the case of nose surgery, specific risks include the following:
If you would like to learn more information about Rhinoplasty nose surgery, please call our office in Pinole at (510) 724-8282 or our Larkspur office at (415) 461-5755 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Armen Serebrakian is a double-certified surgeon serving San Francisco, Larkspur, Pinole and surrounding areas in California.