Rhinoplasty procedures, also called nose jobs, are a common aesthetic and reconstructive surgical choice. In fact, more than 352,000 Americans reshaped their noses with this simple surgery in 2020.
Surgical specialist Dr. Christopher Brooks and the compassionate team at Brooks Plastic Surgery in Hollywood, Florida, understand there are many reasons patients decide to undergo nose surgery. Rhinoplasty can correct both the function and form of your nose. It can fix damage from an injury or repair cosmetic defects that affect your self-esteem.
If you’re considering changing your appearance with a nose job, here’s what you need to know about this surgical procedure and the ways it can give you an new look.
What does a nose job involve?
While all surgeries are customized to address each patient’s specific concerns, there are some things all rhinoplasties have in common.
Whether you choose to get a nose job to change your look or to address an issue with the function of your nose, Dr. Brooks performs your rhinoplasty under general anesthesia. For most patients, he makes an incision along the base of your nose. Once your skin heals, this incision line is not noticeable.
Dr. Brooks makes additional incisions inside your nose so he can access the nasal bones and cartilage. From there, he remodels the nose and improves your nasal passageways by skillfully shaping the bone and cartilage.
Nearly all rhinoplasties are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning after your surgery you’ll return home the same day. You’ll need to rest and recover at home for about a week and follow all postsurgical instructions carefully, including wearing a cast and splint until your follow-up exam.
You can expect some swelling in your nose, which can make it difficult to breathe through your nose until the swelling begins to subside (typically 4-5 days after surgery). Some patients experience bruising under their eyes following a rhinoplasty, but this resolves as you heal.
About a week after surgery, most patients are cleared to return to school, work, and most normal activities. Although the majority of your swelling and healing occurs in the first 4-6 weeks after your surgery, it can take up to a year for all swelling to go away and for your nose to heal completely.
How can a nose job help me create a new look?
If you’re considering a nose job to help change your appearance, chances are your nose is disrupting the balance of your face. Your nose lies at the center of your face and serves as an anchor for your other features.
When your nose is especially large, asymmetrical, or has other distracting features, such as bumps or irregularities, it can create a sense of facial disharmony, drawing people’s attention away from you to focus on your nose.
After your rhinoplasty with Dr. Brooks, people won’t be drawn to your nose, since it will be better balanced with your facial features as a whole. Nose jobs can address many different issues, including:
- Nose size
- Nose symmetry
- Bridge width
- Profile issues (bumps or depressions)
- Issues at the tip of the nose (shape, reduction, augmentation)
- Nostril size and position
It’s important to understand that any changes Dr. Brooks makes to your nose may be impacted by functional considerations. For example, he can’t compromise your breathing passageways with cosmetic changes.
Am I a candidate for a nose job?
Only a trained surgeon like Dr. Brooks can determine whether you’re a good candidate for rhinoplasty. As such, it’s best to book a nose job consultation with us at Brooks Plastic Surgery to get a personalized assessment.
Generally speaking, however, you may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty if:
- You’re in good overall health
- You’re a non-smoker
- You have realistic expectations
If you’re a teenager who wants a nose job, it’s best to wait until you’re finished growing.
Interested in learning more about nose jobs and how they can help you change your appearance? Contact our office in Hollywood, Florida, at 954-256-5838 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brooks.