• Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) Explained

  • Rhinoplasty is also known as nose job, nasal surgery or nose reshaping. Traditional rhinoplasty involves changing the shape or size of the bone, cartilage and/or soft tissues of the nose to obtain a more pleasing shape and size of the nose.

    Why a Rhinoplasty?

    Are you unhappy with the appearance of your nose? Is your nose is too small, too large, too flat or too broad? Such features can make your face seem out of proportion and imbalanced. Your nose is one of the most prominent facial features. Bringing more aesthetic harmony to the face, through nose reshaping, will make you look and feel more attractive, as well as improve your self-confidence.

    Is your nose crooked or irregular after an injury? Rhinoplasty is a procedure to change the appearance of the nose. During a rhinoplasty, a crooked nose may be straightened, an unsightly bump reduced.  Rhinoplasty may also be performed as part of a surgery to improve breathing through the nose.

    Who is a candidate for a rhinoplasty?

    Unless there are functional reasons for performing the surgery early, younger patients should wait until they reach full skeletal growth before having the procedure. For girls this is at least 16 years old and for boys this is generally around 18 years.

    There is no upper age limit as long as the individual is in good overall health. But patients should be mindful that factors beyond the surgeon’s control, such as how well the skin contracts or how easily the bone can be shaped become more difficult with advancing years.

    Is a standard rhinoplasty procedure the only way to improve the appearance of the nose?

    No. Non-surgical rhinoplasty using long lasting or permanent injectable agents may be all that is needed to obtain the desired nasal contours. At other times, augmenting the chin and/or cheeks will obtain the desired aesthetic facial proportions without touching the nose.

    How is Rhinoplasty performed?

    Rhinoplasty is usually performed using various degrees of sedation or general anesthesia.

    Healing after Rhinoplasty?

    Most patients have little discomfort after rhinoplasty and will wear a splint or tape for a few days following the procedure.

    • Do your best to avoid bumping the nose or rolling onto your face during the night
    • Refrain from blowing your nose for approximately two weeks
    • Keep your nasal passages moist and clean – your doctor may prescribe a nasal spray or ointment
    • Be aware that smiling, coughing and sneezing may be slightly painful
    • Keep cold compresses on the nose and eyes for 48 hours after the procedure to reduce swelling
    • Keeping your head elevated as much as possible during the initial period of recovery will reduce swelling and help existing swelling resolve faster

    Are There Risks Involved with Rhinoplasty?

    Risks are inherent with any operation, but the risks involved with nose reshaping are minimal. Nosebleeds, difficulty breathing, scarring, uneven shape and localized numbness are possible side effects of the procedure.

    Risks are one of several aspects of rhinoplasty you should discuss with Dr Perry during your pre-operative consultation. To guarantee the success of your procedure, as well as your comfort and peace of mind, discuss surgery details, post-operative requirements and reasonable expectations during your evaluation.

    Take the first step:

    If you are considering a face lift, schedule a consultation with Dr Perry. At your consultation Dr. Perry will carefully listen to your concerns and goals, perform the appropriate examination, answer any questions and explain your options often using computer