The nose is positioned in the center of the face and can affect your overall facial harmony. When the nose is overly large, small, or crooked, it can make the facial features appear imbalanced. Nasal bridge humps or indentations, wide nostrils, or a drooping or upturned nasal tip may detract from a person’s overall confidence in their appearance.
If you would like to improve the look of your nose, cosmetic nose surgery may be the answer.
What Is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a nose surgery that can improve the size and shape of the nose. Sometimes called a “nose job” by patients, this procedure can correct nasal deformities or irregularities to enhance your appearance and facial proportions.
What Are the Benefits of Rhinoplasty?
- Improves the shape and size of the nose
- Improves nasal symmetry
- Corrects nasal birth defects
- Corrects nasal defects from injury
- Fixes nasal breathing problems
What Can Be Achieved
With Nose Surgery?
Balanced Facial Features
The nose is often the first visual anchor of the face. It can influence the entire facial harmony. If it is crooked, too small, or too big, the nose can make the entire contours of the face uneven and unflattering. Often, the nose has a significant impact on the appearance of the jawline, which can create the look of a poorly defined chin.
Once the nose is restored to a more natural, symmetrical position, it can better balance all facial features.
Defined Facial Profile
Nasal humps, depressions, and wide bridges that are naturally occurring or a result of traumatic injury can detract from a person’s natural beauty and facial contours.
By smoothing or streamlining the nasal bridge, rhinoplasty can improve the overall facial profile while providing a more defined and attractive look.
A person who snores or has difficulties breathing may have a deviated septum. This happens when the cartilage that separates the nasal passages (septum) becomes crooked.
Septoplasty can straighten the septum and open the nasal passage airways to help a person breathe better. A patient can have septoplasty performed alone or combined with rhinoplasty to alter the aesthetics of the nose at the same time.
How Is Rhinoplasty Performed?
Before your procedure begins, your surgeon will administer general anesthesia or intravenous sedation to ensure your comfort throughout the surgery.
One of the main concerns patients have about undergoing cosmetic surgery is being left with long, noticeable surgical scars. The doctors at PREMIERE Center for Cosmetic Surgery understand that patients want their incisions to be as concealed as possible.
Your surgeon will make all rhinoplasty incisions along the inside of the nose, allowing them to be easily concealed and not noticeable. This technique is known as closed rhinoplasty.
Through the incisions, cartilage can be trimmed or shaped, and the bone can be shaved to straighten the nose, build up a flat bridge, or reduce the size of the nostrils.
If needed, septoplasty techniques can be used to straighten a deviated septum.
Incisions are then closed, and your recovery begins.
Before & After Images
Rhinoplasty Recovery Guide
What Is Rhinoplasty Recovery Like?
During your rhinoplasty recovery, you will want to get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activities. Immediately after surgery, a splint or gauze packing will be placed in the nose to support it and help retain its shape. Patients will notice some bruising and swelling, which can be controlled with prescribed pain medication.
Can I Drive Home After My Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Since general anesthesia or IV sedation will be used to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure, you will not be able to drive yourself home. Please bring a responsible adult to drive you home and assist in your recovery.
When Can I Shower After Rhinoplasty?
You can shower with warm water one to two days after your procedure. However, you will want to be careful not to get your splint or bandages wet.
What Position Should I Sleep in After Rhinoplasty?
You should sleep on your back, with your head propped on a pillow for the first week following your rhinoplasty surgery. This will help minimize swelling and allow you to breathe easier. If you sleep with a partner, you may want to ask them to check on you periodically to ensure your head is still properly elevated.
When Can I Return to Work After Rhinoplasty?
Generally, rhinoplasty patients can return to work and other obligations in one week. However, this varies between patients and will depend on how well you are healing and how strenuous your job is. Please speak with your surgeon if you are concerned about returning to work after surgery.
When Can I Exercise After Rhinoplasty?
Exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided immediately after surgery to promote a safe, quick recovery. You will be able to return to your regular workout routine once your surgeon clears you, which is usually three to four weeks after surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
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The cost of rhinoplasty surgery in Tampa varies between patients. Pricing depends on surgeon fees, anesthesia fees, facility fees, and the specific techniques used during the procedure. A consultation can help you determine a more specific rhinoplasty cost estimate.
If you are concerned about affording your rhinoplasty price, we offer plastic surgery financing plans to make paying for your surgery more manageable.
Since rhinoplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure, most insurance companies do not cover the cost. However, if the surgery is to correct a medical issue such as a deviated septum that impairs your breathing, some or all costs may be covered.
For more information on your insurance coverage of nose surgery, please contact your insurance company.
The best candidates for rhinoplasty are unhappy with the appearance of their nose and have fully developed facial features. Patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about the procedure.
Rhinoplasty candidates may wish to improve their:
- Nose size
- Nose width
- Nasal profile (humps and depressions)
- Nasal tip (large, bulbous, drooping, or upturned)
- Nostrils (large, wide, or upturned)
- Nasal asymmetry
- Deviated septum
Ideal candidates for rhinoplasty are men and women in generally good health who do not smoke. Smoking can increase your risk of surgical complications. However, being a smoker does not automatically disqualify you as a candidate. Please refrain from smoking for at least one month before and after your rhinoplasty to reduce the surgical risks associated with smoking.
Many patients regularly take prescription medications to combat or prevent health issues. However, some medications and even some herbal supplements can thin the blood, increasing the risk of bleeding complications during surgery and recovery.
During your consultation, please make your surgeon aware of medications you are taking to determine if you will need to stop taking them to undergo surgery.
While there is no set age requirement for rhinoplasty, most surgeons will not perform the procedure until your child is at least 13 years old. However, the right age for rhinoplasty will depend on the child’s facial growth. A consultation can help determine if your child is at an appropriate age for this major surgery.
During your rhinoplasty consultation, your surgeon will discuss your goals for the procedure and review your medical history. A physical evaluation of your nose may be needed to determine if you are a candidate. Once you are confirmed as a candidate, your surgeon will create a personalized surgical plan.
At this time, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the procedure.
To prepare for your consultation, you should plan questions to ask your surgeon. You should also plan to discuss your goals for the procedure. It is also important to have knowledge of your medical history so your surgeon can determine if rhinoplasty is a safe procedure for you.
Many patients wish to view before and after photos from their surgeon’s past patients. Your surgeon will show you rhinoplasty before and after photos during your consultation. You can also view our online rhinoplasty photo gallery.
Since you will be asleep during surgery, your rhinoplasty procedure will not be painful. However, you may experience pain and discomfort during your recovery. This is normal, and over-the-counter or prescription pain medication can be taken as needed. Please contact your surgeon if pain persists for more than a few weeks.
The time needed for nose surgery varies between patients depending on the amount of correction needed and the techniques used. Generally, rhinoplasty surgery takes one and a half to three hours to perform.
The majority of swelling and bruising will subside within a few weeks, at which time patients will notice a change in the structure and appearance of the nose. However, the nasal contours need more time to heal before they can fully refine.
Most patients will have residual swelling for six months to one year. By this time, patients will be able to enjoy their permanently more flattering nose that creates better facial harmony.
The results from your rhinoplasty surgery are intended to be permanent. However, this procedure cannot halt the natural aging process. Thankfully, if you are fully satisfied with your results, there will be no need for your procedure to be redone unless an injury affects your nose.
Rhinoplasty is a generally safe procedure with little risk involved. However, with any cosmetic surgery that requires anesthesia, some risks are present. These risks include:
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Unfavorable scarring
- Skin discoloration
- Anesthesia risks
Many patients undergoing rhinoplasty wish to combine their surgery with other facial procedures to help achieve their ideal look.
Common procedures combined with rhinoplasty include:
- Brow lift (forehead lift)
- Eyelid lift (blepharoplasty)
- Chin augmentation (mentoplasty)
- Facelift (rhytidectomy)
Please let your surgeon know if you are interested in combining procedures.
Many people choose to combine cosmetic procedures to save time and money. Generally, combining procedures is less expensive since you only pay for fees associated with anesthesia and the operating room once. Additionally, minimizing the number of times you are put under anesthesia is always a good idea.
Combining procedures also allows you to get all your recoveries out of the way at one time. This is especially helpful for patients with children or overall busy schedules.
While there is no specific limit to how many surgeries can be combined, most surgeons will not combine procedures if surgery exceeds the six-hour mark. This is for your safety, as the risk of complications increases as surgical time increases. If you are interested in undergoing many procedures, some will likely have to be performed at a later time.