Is your nose crooked or asymmetrical? Did you suffer a sports injury that left your nose literally bent out of shape? Or perhaps you inherited your father’s nose, complete with visible bumps or depressions, or it is larger or smaller than it should be to make your face more attractive and masculine.
Rhinoplasty, commonly called nose reshaping or a “nose job” may be for you.
What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty enhances facial harmony and the proportions of your nose. It can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose.
Rhinoplasty surgery can change:
- Nose size in relation to facial balance
- Nose width at the bridge or in the size and position of the nostrils
- Nose profile with visible humps or depressions on the bridge
- Nasal tip that is enlarged or bulbous, drooping, upturned or hooked
- Nostrils that are large, wide, or upturned
- Nasal asymmetry
Dr. O’Brien performs nose reshaping either using a closed procedure, where incisions are hidden inside the nose, or an open procedure, where an incision is made across the columella, which is the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils.
Through these incisions, the skin that covers the nasal bones and cartilage is gently raised, allowing access to reshape the structure of the nose.
Am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
If you desire a more symmetrical nose, keep in mind that everyone’s face is asymmetric to some degree. Results may not be completely symmetric, although the goal is to create facial balance and correct proportion.
If the septum is deviated, it can be straightened and the projections inside the nose reduced to improve breathing.
How long is the recovery from rhinoplasty surgery?
For a few days following your nose reshaping, splints and gauze packing will likely support your nose as it begins to heal. While initial swelling subsides within a few weeks, it may take up to a year for your new nasal contour to fully improve. During this time, you may notice gradual changes in the appearance of your nose as it refines to a more permanent outcome.
As your body ages, it is natural to have some gradual changes to your face including your nose. But most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.
A healthy lifestyle and lifelong sun protection will help extend the results of your new appearance.