Commonly known as a nose job, a rhinoplasty is a procedure performed in order to change the shape, size, and appearance of your nose. It may involve reducing a hump; straightening an otherwise crooked or broken nose; or making the tip of the nose smaller. If you are unhappy with the outward appearance of your nose and are looking for an improvement, a rhinoplasty procedure may be a good choice.
Is a Rhinoplasty Right For Me?
Before discussing the outside of the nose, there are two other important factors to evaluate: the inside of the nose and the chin. If you have difficulty breathing through your nose then there may be an obstruction of the air passage due to a twisted septum or enlarged turbinates. Surgery may be needed to clear the obstruction so that the airways do not become too small. The chin is another important factor in the aesthetic appearance of the nose. If the chin is small or weak, the nose may appear to be larger than it really is. In these cases, a chin implant is recommended to achieve better facial harmony.
The best candidates for a rhinoplasty are people who are looking for improvement in their appearance, not perfection. Dr. Nitta will help discuss your options to achieve a realistic expectation of your results. If you are a smoker, you are not a candidate for this procedure.
Dr. Nitta generally performs a closed rhinoplasty, where all of the incisions are kept inside the nose, hidden from view. Occasionally, if the patient has a large asymmetric tip, or previous nasal surgery, a small incision at the base of the nose will be required. A skin incision is also required if the nostrils need to be reduced. Additionally, in a nose that has had surgery before, additional tissue from the ear or rib may be required.
After the procedure, your nose will be packed and you will have a splint on the surface of your nose. The packing is removed after 5 days, and the splint after one week. Immediately after the splint is removed, the nose will begin to swell. You will be given flesh colored tape to place on your nose. The initial swelling will decrease by about 70% in two months, though it will take at least a year before all of the swelling has resolved. The appearance of the nose will continue to change for about one year.
Patience is a virtue for this surgery, but for many patients, the resulting confidence in their improved appearance is well worth it.
Dr. Nitta is not only board certified in Plastic Surgery, she also is board certified in Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck surgery, providing her the additional expertise and experience to perform your facial surgery.
If you’re interested in nose surgery, please call our office at (949) 722-6644 to schedule your free consultation with Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Katharine C. Nitta today!