If you’ve ever felt unhappy with the look or function of your nose, then you might be a good candidate for rhinoplasty or nose reshaping surgery. At Plastic Surgery Institute of Miami, we are proud to offer advanced rhinoplasty in Miami, FL, Coral Gables and all of South Florida to patients who want to be able to look in the mirror and see a nose they can be proud of.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Your nose is one of your most prominent features. Because of this, it’s often one of the first things people notice about you when they first meet you. If you feel self-conscious about the way your nose looks, your self-esteem and other areas of your life could be negatively affected.
Many people in South Florida and throughout the country are unhappy with the appearance of their nose, which explains why rhinoplasty (also called a “nose job”) is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed today. Tens of thousands of rhinoplasty surgeries are performed each year in the United States alone.
A rhinoplasty or nose job is a plastic surgery procedure that is performed to change the shape and appearance of the nose and/or enhance its function for better breathing.
Cosmetic rhinoplasty can address a wide range of aesthetic concerns related to the nose, including:
- A nose that’s too large or too small
- A nasal “hump” or bump on the bridge of the nose
- Crookedness or asymmetry
- Poor nasal tip definition
- Poor facial balance
While our Miami rhinoplasty surgeons at PSI Miami often perform rhinoplasty for purely cosmetic reasons, they can also use this surgical procedure to improve function. Functional rhinoplasty is often combined with cosmetic rhinoplasty and can address issues such as:
- Deviated septum (crookedness in the wall dividing the nasal passages)
- Breathing problems
- Damage caused by a broken nose
- Frequent sinus infections
Nose jobs by PSI Miami are highly customized since there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach that creates good results for all patients. Our Miami nose surgery experts must take several different factors into consideration, including facial balance and harmony, nasal function, and the patient’s specific goals.
Why People Choose Nose Jobs in Miami, FL
* All patients are unique and individual results may vary.
Our PSI Miami patients choose rhinoplasty in Miami, FL for a variety of reasons. Many patients have disliked their nose for years and want to improve their appearance overall by enhancing the shape or size of the nose or improving their facial balance and aesthetics with a nose job. Others have breathing issues that are compromising their quality of life.
Many patients choose the surgery for a combination of reasons—they may want to improve their appearance and boost their confidence while fixing a deviated septum or another breathing issue that is affecting their lives.
If you are interested in consulting with one of our Miami rhinoplasty surgeons, it’s a good idea to get an idea of what rhinoplasty can and can’t accomplish before you make an appointment at our South Florida office. Looking at the before and after photos of real PSI Miami rhinoplasty patients can help you set your expectations and determine whether or not this cosmetic surgery will help you reach your aesthetic goals.
Are You a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
We recommend nose jobs in Miami to patients in good health who are unhappy with how their nose looks or functions. Revision rhinoplasty may also be appropriate for patients who have experienced a poor outcome from prior nose reshaping surgery. Only a board-certified plastic surgeon can assess individual candidacy, which will be determined during the initial consultation.
Patients should have realistic expectations for their results and aim for improvement over perfection. Before you schedule your consultation, it’s important to understand that there is no such thing as a perfect nose. There is always going to be something ‘wrong’. With that said, rhinoplasty can produce dramatic improvement while retaining the characteristics that make you unique.
How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost with PSI Miami?
The cost of nose surgery in Miami plays an important role in deciding whether or not to move forward with plastic surgery. Every patient wants an affordable rhinoplasty. Keep in mind, however, that the safety of the surgery and the results after nose surgery procedures are more important than the cost. No matter what, taking the experience and the expertise of the surgeon into account should be your top priority.
If you’re asking how to get a cheap nose job, then you may be asking the wrong question. Nose surgery prices are important, but cost should not the most important factor when choosing a plastic surgeon. Low-cost rhinoplasty can indicate some serious risks. The potential for safety risks and poor results increases with an inexperienced (and often cheaper) surgeon. Choosing nose surgery based on the lowest price might ultimately be the most expensive choice. Your “cheap rhinoplasty” may not end up being so cheap if you experience complications and need revision surgery.
With that in mind, finding surgeons who offer affordable nose jobs involves evaluating the overall value, not simply cost. You’ll want to find a surgeon who charges a fair price while maintaining the highest standards for quality, safety, and patient satisfaction. At PSI Miami, we offer this value and peace of mind to our rhinoplasty patients.
Financing and Loans
Financing and loans for your treatment plan are available through private finance companies. You can also ask us about the nose surgery financing options that we offer in-house as well. Often, our clients simply pay for their nose surgery using a credit card, but this may not be the most cost-effective option depending on your situation. We are experienced in helping patients who are in different situations and can almost always find a way to get you the results you deserve.
A Consultation with Miami’s Nose Surgery Experts
If you are thinking of getting a nose job, the first step is to discuss your goals with our Miami nose surgery experts. During this initial meeting at our office, you will tell us what bothers you most about your nose and what your expectations are for rhinoplasty in Miami, FL.
At your consultation, you can expect our surgeons to cover the following topics:
- Your candidacy and health
- Your goals and expectations
- A preliminary treatment plan
- Recovery time
- Preparing for rhinoplasty
After your consultation, you should have all the information you need to make a decision about whether or not you want to move forward with a PSI Miami rhinoplasty.
Preparing for a Rhinoplasty with PSI Miami
What to Avoid Before Your Surgery
In the weeks before your procedure, you may need to make a few changes to your normal routine to prepare for surgery. If you smoke, you will need to quit at least four weeks before your rhinoplasty appointment in order to reduce complication risks and to encourage proper healing.
Depending on the medications and supplements you take, you may need to adjust or eliminate certain prescription and over-the-counter products, including aspirin and vitamin E. Our surgeons will give you a complete list. These should be eliminated two weeks before surgery to reduce bleeding during surgery.
On the night before the surgery, you will need to refrain from eating or drinking after midnight if you will be receiving general anesthesia. This is for your safety and comfort.
What to Eat Before a Rhinoplasty?
Although you should always attempt to maintain a healthy diet rich in nutrients, it’s even more important in the weeks leading up to your rhinoplasty procedure. The right diet will help you heal more quickly and enjoy optimal results.
If you’re wondering what to eat before rhinoplasty, start by focusing on unprocessed, nutrient-dense options. Lean meats, fish rich in omega-3s, vegetables, and a moderate amount of fruits, seeds, and nuts will help your body prepare for surgery and the recovery period. You should drink plenty of water and keep sugary drinks and alcohol to a bare minimum.
On your “rhinoplasty diet,” you should avoid processed, high-sugar, high-salt, and simple carbohydrates like those found in white bread. Your body will be working hard after surgery to help you heal, and it’s important to fuel it with plenty of high-quality nutrients.
After surgery, you won’t have to change your diet. The best foods to eat after rhinoplasty are fresh, unprocessed, and nutritious. Just make sure to avoid overly salty or spicy food after rhinoplasty to keep swelling, discomfort, and inflammation down. You’ll also want to avoid food that requires a lot of chewing in the first few days after the procedure, as vigorous chewing might be uncomfortable while the incisions heal.
Preparing Your Home
For the first week or two after surgery, you won’t be any condition to cook, clean, or complete other household tasks. You will need to refrain from bending, lifting, and strenuous activity and should make rest a priority.
Preparing for your recovery might include making sure you have healthy meals stocked in the fridge and freezer, ice packs chilled, prescriptions filled, and a comfortable area with a recliner and extra pillows to prop you up. You will also need to arrange for a ride to and from your procedure. If possible, it’s a good idea to have a friend or family member stay with you during the first few days of your recovery.
PSI Miami’s Rhinoplasty Procedure
Rhinoplasty is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning that patients can go home after their surgery, without needing to spend the night in a hospital or surgical facility. Most of PSI Miami’s nose jobs are performed with the patient under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. This is a relatively in-depth plastic surgery and it is safer for patients to be under general anesthesia or deeply sedated.
Open vs. Closed Approach
There are two main rhinoplasty techniques our board-certified plastic surgeons may use when beginning a nose job procedure: an open rhinoplasty or a closed rhinoplasty. The two techniques determine where the incisions are placed.
The open approach involves the rhinoplasty surgeon making a small incision in the skin between the nostrils. This leaves a tiny scar that typically fades well. This approach is essential for more complex procedures since it allows the surgeon better visibility and access to the tissues within the nose. The closed approach uses only incisions inside the nostrils. This avoids any chance of unsightly scarring but provides only limited access to the nasal tissues. The surgeon will choose the most appropriate approach prior to the procedure, based on a number of different factors.
Sculpting the Nose
Once the incisions have been made, our Miami rhinoplasty surgeons can get to work on shaping the nose using advanced techniques. These may include cartilage grafts, breaking and resetting the nasal bones, and techniques to create specific refinements to the shape, length, and form of the nose. Rhinoplasty is a complex process that can take several hours to complete. Once the surgery is complete, sutures will be placed and a splint will be taped to the nose to support the new contours during healing. Patients can be driven home after their PSI Miami rhinoplasty by a friend or family member soon after the procedure is complete.
Although most patients are happy with their surgical results, we encounter patients from time to time who feel their rhinoplasty did not meet their expectations or needs. Sometimes patients feel a surgeon did not go far enough or went too far and over-corrected the nose. Because nose jobs can be complex, they require extensive training, experience, artistry, and sophisticated surgical skills to perform correctly.
Some patients have also experienced complications such as unwanted scarring, nasal implant failure, or other issues that directly resulted from prior rhinoplasty surgery. When this occurs, patients may require revision rhinoplasty surgery, a much more complex procedure.
Although patients are often reluctant to seek out additional surgery after a bad experience, a revision rhinoplasty in Miami, FL, can improve the specific concerns patients have with their initial results. Revisions are usually longer and more extensive than primary procedures but can produce significantly improved results.
As nasal surgery is becoming more popular, unfortunately, so are unwanted results. Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult operations in plastic surgery, and difficult cases require true specialists.
Regardless of the reasons for their discontent, any patient who is not fully satisfied with the results of their rhinoplasty procedure should seek a consultation with a rhinoplasty expert at PSI Miami to discuss other treatment options.
Recovering From Rhinoplasty
As with any surgical procedure, there will be some minor discomfort and inconvenience for patients in the first few days after the rhinoplasty operation. However, any discomfort can usually be controlled with prescribed medications, ice, and by following all postoperative instructions.
Until your external splint comes off, you won’t be able to see the preliminary results of your rhinoplasty and you’ll want to stay home and rest, as it will be evident that you have had surgery. Splints can be removed anywhere from 5-10 days after surgery at your post-operative appointment.
If your nasal bones have been reshaped you will probably have some degree of periorbital bruising (black eyes) that will take a week or two to resolve. Unless you will wear makeup to camouflage your bruising, others will be able to tell you have had surgery and you may want to restrict social outings for about a week after surgery (or two). Ideally, you should stay home and rest for 10-14 days before you go back to work and other activities. Strenuous exercise will need to be postponed for several more weeks.
Final results will take several months to emerge as the swelling subsides gradually.
Dry Mouth After Rhinoplasty
Most patients are surprised to find that they experience less discomfort than they were expecting during the recovery period. However, nasal swelling and necessary mouth breathing after rhinoplasty can cause common side effects like nasal congestion and dry mouth, which can be very irritating and unpleasant for patients. You can help prevent or treat dry mouth after rhinoplasty by taking some simple steps.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Even when you don’t feel like it, try to drink plenty of water, Gatorade, and other fluids to help keep you hydrated.
- Adjust the humidity in your home. Some climates, especially in the winter, can be very dry. Using a humidifier can help with dry mouth after rhinoplasty.
- Suck on hard candy. This will help you produce more saliva while distracting you from dry mouth.
- Use lip balm. Though this won’t treat the problem directly, it may make you feel better.
- Rest and avoid talking too much. During the first week, it’s important to get as much rest as possible. By not talking more than necessary, you can help reduce symptoms of dry mouth after sinus surgery.
- Ask your doctor for advice. If dry mouth after rhinoplasty is bothering you despite your hydration efforts, ask your doctor if they might have some other solutions.
Before and After Results
PSI Miami rhinoplasty patients are typically very happy with the results of their nose jobs in Miami. Our board-certified plastic surgeons have listed many before and after pictures of their work on our website and numerous testimonials from our former patients who have changed their lives for the better with rhinoplasty in Miami, FL.
Before you choose a surgeon, it is important to see examples of their work to ensure that you share their aesthetics and to help you find a surgeon with exceptional skill.
Frequently Asked Questions
Everyone heals at a different rate. With that said, it’s a good idea to block off about two weeks after the procedure. This will allow you enough time to finish preliminary healing before returning to work.
During the procedure, general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation is used. Patients will feel no pain during the procedure and will usually be asleep. After surgery, pain medication can be used to control any postoperative discomfort.
Though considered safe when performed by a highly trained and skilled facial plastic surgeon like our Miami nose surgery experts, rhinoplasty carries a few risks, like all surgical procedures. Risks may include:
• Infections at the site of the operation, or in the sinus areas
• Difficulty breathing
• Nasal drainage
• Complications from anesthesia
• Tissue or skin damage or death
• Skin or contour irregularities
• Unwanted scarring or slow healing
• Dissatisfaction with the results
• Excessive bleeding
Yes, rhinoplasty can correct or improve nasal defects. Some defects we address are:
• Those caused by traumatic injuries
• Structural weaknesses
• Asymmetry (unbalanced or uneven areas in the size, shape, and form of the nose)
• Illness or congenital issues (defects present at birth)
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Why Choose Our Miami Rhinoplasty Surgeons?
Being considered among the best Miami nose job surgeons and running a board-certified center for rhinoplasty in Miami is our passion. Our experts are dedicated to customizing each procedure to suit the patient’s unique needs and creating a natural-looking nose that enhances the facial features and the beauty of the face. At PSI Miami, you can look forward to a safe and comfortable experience culminating in fantastic final results.
If you’re considering a nose job in Miami, you can schedule your consultation by filling out the “request consultation” form at the bottom of this page and we’ll reply right away. Or, if you like, call our surgical facility at 305.446.7700 and schedule your appointment to speak with our specialists about how a nose job at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Miami can rejuvenate the look of your nose and your overall appearance.
Why Choose Dr. Altman
- Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
- Board Certified by The American Board of Otolaryngology.
- Honors in Surgery and others, SUNY Stony Brook.
- Honor awarded for outstanding work in light diffraction, Dartmouth College.
- American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, Merck Scholarship Grant.
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