Rhinoplasty or a nose job, is a procedure to correct or improve the appearance of your nose. While there is no upper age limit for having rhinoplasty, patients may be advised to wait until they are 14 or 15 (when the nose is fully developed) before undergoing rhinoplasty.
The nose is the most prominent feature of the human face. For many people, it is simply a part of their good looks and rarely merits a second thought. For countless others, the nose is an almost constant source of embarrassment. Today, however, plastic surgery can correct a multitude of faults. Rhinoplasty can shorten, narrow, build up or straighten a nose. Rhinoplasty can make the most prominent feature on your face a permanent source of pride. It can give you a whole new appearance and a new outlook on life.
The surgery is individualized to meet the patient's needs and expectations, and usually includes an improvement of the nasal tip, straightening of the dorsum and adjustment of the bony nasal skeleton. In most cases, the incisions will be placed inside your nose so they will not be visible. If the base of the nose is narrowed or the nostrils reduced, small pieces of skin below the nostrils will be removed. External incisions are well hidden in the crease where the nose and cheek join. In an open rhinoplasty, a short incision is made across the columella that separates the nostrils. Different advantages exist in either approach. The choice is usually left to the discretion of the surgeon.
Chin augmentation may be suggested so that a more pleasing facial balance can be achieved. Sometimes breathing problems related to the internal nasal structures can be corrected at the same time as rhinoplasty, and may legitimately qualify you for some insurance coverage. We will try to determine this ahead of time.
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient in the office or surgical center and takes approximately 60 - 90 minutes