Nose surgery, also called rhinoplasty, can reshape your nose to give your entire face a more balanced appearance.
Considering a Nose Job
A nose job can correct a variety of perceived flaws in your nose. It may be an appropriate facial plastic surgery procedure for you if you want to:
- Increase or decrease the size of your nose
- Change the shape of the tip or bridge
- Narrow the nostrils
- Change the angle between your nose and upper lip
Because the nose is such an integral part of who we are and what we look like, a rhinoplasty can be a life changing operation.
Preparing for Nose Surgery
Your individual desires and ethnic background need to be taken into account when planning a rhinoplasty. In consultation with Dr. Garcia, you will discuss what you hope to achieve through nose surgery and what you can expect for your results. If your goal is improvement over perfection, then rhinoplasty may be right for you.
For your consultation with Dr. Garcia, bring photos of noses you like and some of those you don’t. Although Dr. Garcia cannot give you an exact replica of someone else’s nose, nose surgery can certainly get you closer to a desired ideal.
Dr. Garcia will provide you with guidelines for preparing for your surgery, including what to eat and which medications and supplements can be taken prior to surgery. Smokers will need to cease smoking for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery.
Knowing the Risks
Because rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure, it carries an element of risk. Dr. Garcia is a talented and accomplished plastic surgeon, but complications do occur. Complications may include infection, nosebleed, or reaction to the anesthesia. You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following Dr. Garcia’s instructions before and after surgery. Touch-up surgeries are rarely required, and you should wait at least 12 months to make this decision.
Understanding the Procedure
Nose surgery can involve a variety of changes, including:
- Making the bridge lower and taking out a nasal hump
- Building the bridge of the nose up
- Narrowing, or occasionally widening, the bones of the nasal area
- Narrowing the base of the nose
- Making the lower width of the nose smaller by removing tissue
- Reshaping the tip of the nose to a more attractive shape
During rhinoplasty, the skin of the nose is separated from the bone and cartilage. The bone is re-shaped by using chisels and small hammers. Excess cartilage is trimmed, folded, and held in place with small sutures. Occasionally cartilage grafts are used from your own tissue. The skin is stretched back over the bone and stitched into place.
Rhinoplasty will typically take one to three hours, depending on what needs to be done. Dr. Garcia does not place nasal packing inside your nose, making it easier to breathe afterwards. A small cast or steri-strips are applied to the top of the nose after the rhinoplasty, and you are typically seen for your first follow-up the day after surgery. At one week, your sutures are removed, and if a cast was placed, it will be removed.
For the first two weeks after surgery, you should avoid heavy lifting and can slowly increase your activity until you are back to your normal routine in four to six weeks.
Are you unhappy with your nose? Are you ready to take the first step toward changing your appearance? Call Julio Garcia, MD, Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic today at (702) 870-0058 to schedule your nose surgery consultation. We welcome patients from Las Vegas and around the world.