What Is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, is one of the most common surgical cosmetic procedures in the world. During a rhinoplasty, the nose is reshaped, reduced, or augmented to improve the appearance or functionality of the nose. Rhinoplasty is unique because it is not only cosmetic but a reconstructive procedure.
Patients with a birth defect, an injury, or a deviated septum can receive a rhinoplasty to resolve these issues. Your nose is one of your most noticeable features and a critical element of your general well-being. Therefore, any issues can make day-to-day life difficult. At Austin Cosmetic Surgery, we take into account both appearance and function to deliver breathtaking results for all our patients.
What Can a Nose Job Do?
Whether cosmetic or functional, patients undergoing rhinoplasty typically have specific goals in mind. Drs. Carlotti can accomplish one or more of the following during rhinoplasty.
- Increase or decrease size
- Modify the bridge
- Open breathing passages
- Remove a hump
- Repair an injury
- Reshape the tip
- Resize or reshape the nostrils
Primarily, candidates for a nose job must have complete facial growth. This typically occurs around ages 16 – 18. Additionally, it is important that patients are in good overall health and do not smoke. This will aid during your recovery period. Finally, patients should have a realistic expectation about what a nose job can do for them.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
After a consultation with Drs. Carlotti, we can schedule your rhinoplasty. You will be given specific instructions to prepare for surgery. Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. Depending on the technique chosen and the previously agreed upon goals, the whole procedure can take about 1 to 2 hours.
Depending on your unique needs, incisions will be made either inside the nose or under the nose along the nostrils. Then, we remove skin from the bone and cartilage, allowing us to reshape them to the ideal form. If necessary, Drs. Carlotti will reshape nostrils. Finally, we re-drape the skin over your nose.
Before & After Rhinoplasty
Nose Job Recovery
Following a nose job, patients will likely experience minimal pain which they can alleviate with prescription pain medication. Bruising and swelling will subside in a few days following surgery. During your follow-up visit, around 10 days later, Drs. Carlotti can remove your nasal splint. Patients can expect a full recovery within two weeks, however, final results may not be evident for up to one year.
In order to increase comfort and decrease bleeding and swelling, patients should avoid strenuous activities, blowing their nose, exaggerated facial expressions, and pulling clothing over their head. It is best to avoid any contact with the facial area during recovery. Drs. Carlotti will discuss the full limitations following your procedure.
Risks of Rhinoplasty
As with any surgical procedure, there are specific risks that come with rhinoplasty. However, these risks are rare and, if they do occur, are typically minor. Common risks are nosebleeds, numbness, difficulty breathing, or pain. Additionally, the nasal septum may be perforated, but can be repaired.
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