A rhinoplasty, or a nose job, is a type of plastic surgery performed on the nose. It can be performed for medical or cosmetic reasons. Common medical reasons for getting a nose job include repairing a broken nose or correcting breathing problems.
Regardless of the reason, surgeons generally recommend that teenagers not get rhinoplasties until their noses have finished growing. A girl’s nose typically has finished growing by the time she is 14 or 15 years old. A boy’s nose keeps growing until he’s in his late teens.
Rhinoplasties can be either open or closed. In a closed rhinoplasty, the surgeon works wholly within the nose. He generally makes all of the incisions within the nose, which eliminates any visible scars. Many surgeons prefer to use closed rhinoplasties.
In an open rhinoplasty, the surgeon peels the skin off the tip of the nose. This method gives the surgeon more access and visibility. A surgeon might prefer to use an open rhinoplasty if the patient is undergoing post-traumatic surgery after an accident, or if they want drastic changes.
What Happens During and After the Surgery?
Rhinoplasties are usually outpatient procedures. The patient will be given a local or general anesthetic. The doctor then restructures the nose to the desired shape, size and position on the face.
It takes several weeks to fully recover from a rhinoplasty. Most patients can return to work two weeks after the surgery. They will have periodic check-ups with the surgeon to see how they are healing.
Types of Nose Jobs
The reduction rhinoplasty is one of the more common types. The doctor removes small amounts of tissue and/or bone. Reductions are performed to correct bumps on the nose, overly flared nostrils or an excessively long tip.
In an augmentation procedure, the surgeon is building up the nose. He will graft tissue or bone onto the nose to make the bridge and/or tip bigger.
A post-traumatic rhinoplasty is done when the patient has injured their nose. It can improve both looks and function.
In a reconstructive rhinoplasty, the doctor is repairing extensive damage to the nose. In this case, the patient may have lost part or all of the nose due to an accident or an illness, like cancer. The surgeon will likely have to use a variety of techniques to replace the nose.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you are considering rhinoplasty due to a medical condition or simply because you want to enhance your facial profile, schedule a visit with the experts at Facial Aesthetic Concepts. We have convenient locations in San Clemente, Aliso Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita. We can assess your nose and determine a plan of action that is perfect for you. Contact us today to book your appointment.