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Rhinoplasty is something to consider when wanting to enhance your facial aesthetics. While it can be necessary for medical reasons, such as correcting respiratory problems or structural abnormalities in the nose that may cause discomfort and health complications, most nose reshaping surgeries or “nose jobs” in the United States are done for aesthetic purposes.
There are many reasons why a person may decide to have rhinoplasty, such as:
- To change the size of the nose as a whole.
- If you are looking to alter the width of your nose bridge, there are a few methods you may want to consider.
- I can provide you with a guide on how to adjust the size, position, or shape of your nostrils.
- If you’re interested, there are ways to get rid of bumps or indentations on the bridge of your nose.
- If you desire to alter the size or shape of the tip of your nose.
- If you desire a more symmetrical nose, here are some tips to achieve it.
Undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure can drastically alter the appearance of your face. As the nose serves as the focal point of the face, many people have reported a considerable enhancement in their overall look following the completion of their nose job.
If you are considering nose surgery and wish to explore various procedures and treatments to achieve the desired appearance, we can arrange a consultation for you. Our three locations in Southern California offer flexible appointment times to accommodate your schedule. Please inform us of your availability, and we will handle the rest.
I was pleasantly surprised by how quick my procedure was and how fast I am recovering. The staff was attentive and supporting, and Dr. Gangnes is a truly gifted surgeon.
Why Choose FAC for Rhinoplasty?
Our group of facial plastic surgeons has received specialized training and gained extensive experience in performing facial plastic surgery procedures. They have the ability to produce remarkable and natural-looking outcomes for patients who are seeking rhinoplasty.
Introducing Dr. Richard Gangnes, a highly experienced facial plastic surgeon with over three decades of practice and dual board certification. He obtained his education from the prestigious Washington University School of Medicine and is recognized as a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Furthermore, he holds certification by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Introducing Dr. Bryan Brandon, a highly skilled surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery. With more than 500 successful facial rejuvenation procedures under his belt, he has honed his techniques to provide patients with natural-looking results that enhance their individual aesthetic preferences. Dr. Brandon is dedicated to providing exceptional outcomes and is an ideal option for individuals seeking facial plastic surgery.
If you’re considering rhinoplasty surgery and want to determine if it’s the right option for you, please request a consultation. We’re happy to discuss your concerns and the available treatment options. Our three Southern California locations provide flexible scheduling to accommodate your needs.
An experienced facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Brandon is actively involved in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery research. He’s devoted to excellent patient care and outcomes. Select appointment times are now available!
With over 30 years of experience in the field of facial plastic surgery, Dr. Gangnes knows how to deliver fantastic results. Join the ranks of his 15,000+ happy patients by requesting a consultation today.
What Is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a form of plastic surgery that can alter or straighten the shape of the nose. The surgery is done on an outpatient basis and is tailored to the individual needs of each patient. Depending on the patient’s unique requirements, changes can be made to the bone, cartilage, skin, or all parts of the nose. Rhinoplasty can also improve breathing by altering the shape of the nose and clearing out the nasal passages in some situations.
Rhinoplasty Techniques and Additional Options
There are two types of rhinoplasty techniques available. Dr. Gangnes may opt for an endonasal or “closed” rhinoplasty, where incisions are made inside the nose.
Sometimes, when performing rhinoplasty, incisions are made under the nose at the cartilage that divides the nostrils. This is referred to as an “open” rhinoplasty. Following complete healing and recuperation, the scars resulting from the surgery are hardly noticeable in both techniques.
If you are experiencing difficulty breathing because of a deviated septum, your surgeon may recommend septoplasty. The septum is a cartilage structure that separates the nostrils. If it is not aligned properly, it can block the airflow and make it challenging to breathe through the nose. This misalignment can be caused by an injury or occur during development. Septoplasty is a medical procedure that corrects the septum’s alignment and can enhance breathing.
If you have a deviated septum, the correction process usually involves making incisions only within the nose. This procedure will not alter the external appearance of your nose unless you specifically request it. However, if you desire both improved function and appearance, you may benefit from rhinoplasty. After the septoplasty, you will not require nasal splints or packing, and any bruising and swelling on the outside of your nose is usually minimal or non-existent. You can quickly resume physical activities since the procedure significantly improves your ability to breathe through your nose.
If a person wants to improve only the tip or lower third of their nose, they may consider a Tip-plasty. This procedure can fix issues like a crooked, uneven, droopy, or lumpy tip. Unlike other nasal surgeries, a Tip-plasty does not involve cutting or breaking the nasal bones, which means there is less chance of bruising and a faster recovery time. Most of the time, the procedure can be done using incisions inside the nose. In some cases, an incision on the outside may be necessary, but these incisions typically heal without any noticeable scarring when undergoing Rhinoplasty.
The Tip-plasty procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis and has a quick recovery time. The recovery time may differ depending on the nasal deformity and skin thickness, but the swelling typically decreases rapidly. However, it takes a few months after the procedure for the nasal tip to continue to improve and become more defined. It’s important to note that enhancing the appearance of the nasal tip can also enhance nasal function and make breathing easier.
Best Candidates for Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is a viable option for individuals who:
- Their facial growth has reached completion.
- Based on the information provided, it seems that you are in good physical health.
- It is strongly recommended to avoid smoking.
- There are individuals who may have worries about how their nose looks.
- Having specific and realistic goals in mind is crucial when aiming for desired outcomes.
It is crucial to discuss your goals with Dr. Gangnes. During the consultation, be sure to inform him of any health issues, medications, or supplements you are currently taking. This will assist Dr. Gangnes in identifying and avoiding potential complications during the surgery. By collaborating and planning together, you can achieve a safe and successful rhinoplasty procedure that will boost your confidence in your appearance.
What to Expect with Your Rhinoplasty
Getting ready for a rhinoplasty can be difficult as it demands a deep understanding of the complete structure of the face. Our noses are complex three-dimensional shapes situated in the center of our faces and perform crucial functions such as breathing and smelling. To ensure a successful nose surgery, it is vital to have a thorough comprehension of the nose’s aesthetics, internal structures, and its contribution to the overall appearance of the face.
Even small and subtle changes made through a nose job can have a significant impact on your facial appearance. It’s important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all procedure for rhinoplasty, so our surgeons will conduct a comprehensive facial analysis to tailor your surgery specifically to you. With years of experience and countless satisfied patients, our surgeons strive to help you feel more confident and happy with the results of your nose surgery.
If you have had rhinoplasty, you probably won’t need to stay overnight. But it’s crucial that you rest in bed with your head raised above your chest to minimize swelling and bleeding. Your nose will be supported by splints and have internal bandages, which will be taken off within one day to one week after the surgery. In the meantime, take baths instead of showers to avoid interfering with the dressing.
Recovering from a nose job can take some time due to the nose’s sensitivity. It is normal for your nose to be swollen for a few weeks after surgery. To help reduce swelling, try to lower your sodium intake. Avoid using ice or cold packs on your nose as it can cause complications with the surgery. It is common to experience bruising and swelling around your eyelids after nose surgery, but this should subside within two to three weeks.
It is normal to encounter nasal congestion after having surgery because of swelling and splints. To handle any drainage, a ‘drip pad’ may be positioned beneath your nose. This pad includes a small gauze that is taped to your upper lip and should be replaced in accordance with the given instructions. The drip pad is designed to prevent any discomfort, chapping, and swelling that may come about due to nasal drainage.
If you have recently undergone rhinoplasty, it is essential to take some precautions for a few weeks to minimize swelling. It is recommended that you avoid strenuous activities like jogging or exercises that require heavy breathing. You should also refrain from making extreme facial expressions, such as smiling broadly or frowning deeply. While brushing your teeth, be gentle to limit the movement of your upper lip. Avoid pulling clothing over your head, such as t-shirts or other garments, as this can cause difficulties. Instead, choose clothing that fastens in the front.
After undergoing nose surgery, it is important to refrain from resting glasses on your nose for a minimum of 4 weeks. Rather, you should utilize cheek rests or tape your glasses to your forehead if you frequently wear them. Additionally, it is recommended to apply SPF 30 sunscreen to your nose when going outdoors to prevent any discoloration of the healing skin that may be caused by excessive sun exposure. By following these precautions, you can ensure that your modified nose will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your face once the healing process is finished.
After having a rhinoplasty procedure, most people can usually go back to work within one to three weeks. However, this can vary depending on the amount of swelling and bruising you have. Some patients may choose to wait until the swelling goes down before returning to work for greater comfort.
If you’ve undergone a rhinoplasty, it’s important to remember that the change to your nose structure is permanent. Although it may take some time for your nose to settle into its final shape, taking proper care after the surgery can help speed up the recovery process and improve the chances of seeing the final results sooner. Your medical practitioner will provide you with a timeline of expected progress and a recovery plan to make the experience more manageable and predictable.
After undergoing nose surgery, it can take around a year for the final results to become evident, as the swelling subsides and the nasal tissue heals fully. Although you will notice most of the changes much earlier, it’s important to keep in mind that some subtle ongoing changes may occur and are normal. It’s also essential to remember that rhinoplasty, like any cosmetic surgery, does not stop the natural aging process. The nose may still be affected by factors such as gravity, sun exposure, and overall health and diet. So, while reshaping your nose can enhance its appearance, it won’t prevent further changes over time.
How to Prepare for Your Rhinoplasty
If you’re considering undergoing rhinoplasty, it’s essential to stop taking anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin, and certain herbal supplements prior to the procedure. These substances can increase bleeding, bruising, and swelling, which may have an adverse effect on your surgery and recovery. During your initial consultation with your surgeon, be sure to inform them of any other medications or supplements you’re taking. Your surgeon will assess whether they may affect the safety and effectiveness of your rhinoplasty. In some cases, your surgeon may suggest adjusting your dosage or temporarily discontinuing certain medications to ensure that you’re a suitable candidate for the procedure. If you do have to stop taking any medication, it’s only necessary to do so around the time of surgery and for a brief period during your recovery.
Your surgeon may prescribe medications before your nose surgery based on lab test results to ensure your safety during the procedure. Don’t worry, we will conduct simple lab tests to determine the appropriate medications to prescribe. The goal is to make sure everything goes smoothly for you.
If you smoke, it’s crucial to stop smoking a few weeks before your surgery and continue to refrain for a few weeks afterwards. Smoking can impede the healing process, worsen swelling, delay complete recovery, and potentially impact the final result.
It is essential to plan for a reliable driver to take you to and from the surgical site on the day of your operation. It is also crucial to have someone stay with you for at least one night after the surgery. During the first week before removing the bandages, opt for baths instead of showers and plan ahead to make meals for a smoother recovery period.
What to Ask at Your Rhinoplasty Consultation
When you have your initial consultation for rhinoplasty, it is an ideal time to address any uncertainties or anxieties you may have. It is essential to comprehend the mechanics of rhinoplasty, not only for your personal reassurance but also to guarantee that your surgeon is highly competent and knowledgeable in the complexities of nose surgery. Here are some inquiries you can pose during your consultation:
- Could you kindly provide me with the location for my upcoming nose surgery?
- Do I need to take any specific steps to get ready for my upcoming surgery?
- Are you interested in getting nose surgery? What is the estimated cost for a Rhinoplasty?
- Are you considering getting nose surgery?
- Could you please provide more information on the estimated outcome of this order? Also, could you please elaborate on your account for us to consider this procedure? Thank you.
- When will the rhinoplasty surgery bandages be removed?
- Could you please provide information on the estimated outcome of this? If so, could you please elaborate on your sources and reasoning for it?
- Can you please provide more information about considering this? Specifically, are you referring to undergoing nose surgery for cosmetic purposes?
- I’m sorry, could you please repeat your question or request? The text you provided appears to be unclear and contains some errors.
- The text you provided is unclear and contains numerous spelling and grammatical errors.
- I’m sorry, but I’m having trouble understanding your message due to the presence of grammatical errors. Could you please rephrase it?
Each individual’s rhinoplasty experience is unique, with no standard answer that applies to all patients. To achieve the desired outcome, facial surgery, especially rhinoplasty, must be customized to suit the client’s facial structure and objectives. Asking questions is critical in order to obtain a complete understanding of what to expect from your own personalized rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty Post-Op Instructions
Following your rhinoplasty, you will be provided with a comprehensive set of instructions to ensure a successful recovery. If you have any queries or apprehensions during this time, we are available to offer guidance and arrange further appointments if required.
When making a decision, it’s important to consider several key factors, such as:
- It is important to carefully adhere to the instructions we provide regarding when and how to change your dressings.
- To ensure proper healing, it’s important to avoid scratching or pulling at the dressings. These will be removed once enough healing has taken place following the surgery.
- It is recommended to avoid showering when wearing dressings and instead choose to take a bath.
- It is advised to avoid intense exercise or physical activity for a duration of 3 to 6 weeks.
- To avoid putting additional strain on the surgical site, it is advisable to consume a fiber-rich diet to prevent constipation.
- It is advisable to refrain from putting any pressure from spectacles on your nose for a duration of two weeks.
- In order to enhance your recovery process and minimize bruising and swelling, it is crucial to maintain proper hydration and reduce your intake of dietary sodium.
- After removing your dressings, it’s crucial to apply SPF 30 to your nose before heading out in the sun. Excessive exposure to sunlight can lead to pigmentation changes in your nose, making it appear different from the rest of your face.
Following your surgery, your surgeon and their team will arrange follow-up appointments to assess your recovery progress and decide if any adjustments are necessary in your post-operative routine. These appointments are crucial and usually short. We can organize them with you before your surgery. To attend all post-operative appointments, kindly use the entrance to our surgery center at 100C. Simply ring the doorbell, and our office staff will guide you. This entrance is specifically designed to ensure your privacy and comfort.
Will my nose surgery be noticeable?
The results of your rhinoplasty procedure can range from subtle to dramatic, depending on your individual facial features and desired outcome. If you’re looking for a minor refinement in the appearance of your nose, your surgical team can help you achieve this. But, if you’re seeking significant changes such as the removal of a bump or straightening a crooked nose, your surgeon and their team can provide assistance. A carefully planned rhinoplasty can improve the overall look of your face, allowing your nose to enhance your natural beauty instead of detracting from it.
How long is nose surgery recovery?
Following your surgery, the duration of time for your dressings to be removed will depend on the type and level of surgery, ranging from 1 day to 1 week. Once the healing process is complete, you can expect to return to work within 1 to 3 weeks with minimal indications of surgery. It will be safe to resume normal exercise activities approximately 6 weeks after your surgery. Our team will provide you with a detailed recovery timeline and schedule regular follow-up visits to monitor your progress.
Will I have any scars from nose surgery?
After undergoing rhinoplasty, any resulting scars are typically small and situated beneath the nose, between the nostrils. This placement makes them inconspicuous to the casual observer. With the aid of meticulous planning and surgical methods, your surgeon can minimize scarring to the greatest extent possible.
What are the potential complications of nose surgery?
After undergoing nose surgery, patients may experience congestion, swelling, and bruising in the nose and under the eyes. These symptoms typically fade away within a few weeks with proper aftercare. However, it is crucial to be aware of rare complications related to rhinoplasty, including infection, scarring, breathing difficulties, and skin discoloration. We will provide you with a comprehensive list of warning signs to monitor after your procedure.
What kind of results can I expect from nose surgery?
When you undergo a nose job, your goal is to not only enhance the appearance of your nose but also improve the overall look of your face. After the procedure, your nose will have a new shape that will be permanent, but it may take up to a year for it to fully heal and reach its final appearance.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Rhinoplasty Consultation
If you’re considering rhinoplasty plastic surgery, it’s important to find a highly skilled plastic surgeon and team in Southern California. At Facial Aesthetic Concepts, we utilize cutting-edge technology and the latest medical practices to deliver optimal rhinoplasty results. Our team will conduct a thorough skin analysis and tailor a treatment plan to address your unique concerns.
To learn if nose surgery is the right choice for your cosmetic goals, contact us online and schedule a consultation.