Rhinoplasty (Nose Job Surgery)
Rhinoplasty, or a nose job, is a popular plastic surgery procedure performed to correct deformities in the nose and restore essential nasal physical functions. Both open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty procedures are performed by qualified plastic surgeons for health reasons or to improve physical appearances. Dr. Pascual is one such leading expert in rhinoplasty procedures in the Miami area.
Is Rhinoplasty the Right Choice for Me?
Ideal candidates for rhinoplasty should be in overall good mental and physical health with realistic expectations. For some individuals deciding to undergo a rhinoplasty procedure is not optional, especially those experiencing severe breathing problems. Rhinoplasty procedures are effective in reconstructing disfigurements of the nose as a result from a congenital defects, trauma, or respiratory impediments. In such cases, surgery is required to alleviate the physical ailments associated with disfigured nasal structures.
Rhinoplasty procedures may also be performed for aesthetic-enhancing purposes. Most patients seeking a nose job to improve appearances have previously experienced a botched rhinoplasty procedure; however, others opting for the surgery for aesthetic reasons may also include nasal blunt traumasor birth defects. Cosmetic rhinoplasty is successful in reducing or increasing the size of the nose, as well as changing the angle of the nose in relation to the upper lip, and correcting indentations or other disfigurements.
What are the Differences in an Open Rhinoplasty and Closed Rhinoplasty?
Both open and closed rhinoplasty procedures are effective in unblocking obstructed airways, congenital nose deformities and failed primary nose jobs. Surgeons access bones and cartilages supporting the nasal structure through incisions. The method in which the incisions are made determines whether it's an open or closed rhinoplasty.
• Open Rhinoplasty - Surgeons make tiny and irregular incisions to the fleshy part of the exterior-end of the nasal septum known as the columella. The columellar incision is considered an extra in the total of number of typical incisions in a nasal correction.
• Closed Rhinoplasty - Instead of cutting the columella, surgeons perform incisions exclusively within the nose, or endonasally. Compared to an open rhinoplasty, closed procedures offer patients additional benefits such as:
o Reduced cutting of nasal tissues
o Decreased chances ofpost-operative edema
o Minimal visible scarring
o Limits risks of inadvertent damage to the nose
o Quicker time in surgery and recovery time
Is Rhinoplasty Safe?
Rhinoplasty is considered a safe procedure when done on a fully developed nose. For females complete development of the nose occurs by the age of 16, and males have a fully developed nose by the age of 18.
There are, however, some potential risks involved with any procedure requiring either local or general anesthesia. Also, aside from the expected swelling and bruising around the eyes after a rhinoplasty procedure, other potential side effects may include:
• Injury to the septum
• Skin problems including skin nercosis
• Severe nasal blockage caused by swelling.
What's the Expected Recovery Time?
Recovery time varies among patients depending on the type of procedure performed. Typically, patients are instructed to wear a nasal splint for a week following the surgery. Also, swelling and bruising around the eyes can be expected for up to a week after the procedure. Strenuous activity may be limited for three to four weeks following a rhinoplasty.
It's important to have realistic expectations when considering rhinoplasty. Also, for cosmetic procedures, insurances usually will not pay for the procedure.