If you’ve ever felt dissatisfied with the aesthetics or function of your nose, then you might be a good candidate for rhinoplasty—nose reshaping surgery. The Plastic Surgery Institute of Miami is pleased to provide advanced rhinoplasty for patients in the Miami and Coral Gables areas.
Your nose is an extremely prominent feature, so much so that it is one of the very first things people may notice about you when they meet you. Many people are not happy with their noses, which goes a long way towards explaining why rhinoplasty (also called a “nose job”) is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed today. Roughly 50,000 rhinoplasty surgeries are performed each year in the United States alone.
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
The word “rhinoplasty”, comes from the Latin root word “rhino”, meaning “nose”. Rhinoplasty procedures are often used to correct specific problems with the nose, such as a hump on the dorsum (the middle area of the nose), a common complaint. Rhinoplasty allows the surgeon to sculpt the nose into a more pleasing appearance so that it blends well and harmonizes with the rest of the face.
Moreover, while rhinoplasty can be performed for purely cosmetic reasons, it can also be used to improve function. Functional rhinoplasty can address issues such as snoring, correcting damage caused by a broken nose, or to relieve sinus-related issues such as frequent sinus infections.
Reasons that People Undergo Rhinoplasty
People seek rhinoplasty for many different reasons. They may, for instance, feel their nose is too broad, crooked, overly large, has a noticeable hump, or they are simply not happy with the profile it creates. Besides seeking a more symmetrical, visually pleasing appearance, some patients seek rhinoplasty to correct a functional defect caused by genetics, disease or facial trauma.
Nasal defects or deformities, such as those caused by accidents or other trauma to the structure of the nose, can make normal nose breathing very difficult. This is also true of deviated septums. The septum, or nasal wall that sits between the nasal passages, can become displaced to one side than another. This can be caused by injuries to the nose, or it may be present at birth.
Injuries to the nose can be acute (sudden, such as a broken nose), or chronic (caused by a condition that is long term). Injuries to the nose often receive inadequate care, as it is sometimes unavailable at the time of the injury. Patients may seek rhinoplasty months, years, or even decades after the original accident or injury to their nose.
Benefits of Rhinoplasty
There are numerous benefits of rhinoplasty. For example, having a nose that you feel does not fit your face can make you very self-conscious. This can lead to feelings of embarrassment or anxiety in public. A well-performed rhinoplasty procedure can help you look more attractive, feel more confident, or even just breathe more easily.
While many people are unaware of it, the human brain is naturally attuned to facial symmetry, possibly because it subconsciously indicates both good health and good genes. Known as the “Golden Ratio”, there are specific mathematical proportions and ratios, which create visually appealing, beautiful faces. These include the distance between the eyes, the length of the nose, the distance between the tip of the nose and the lips, as well as the overall width of the face.
Taken together, these ratios determine how lovely the face appears to the human eye.
Ideally, the nose should be roughly 36%, or one third, the length of the face itself. Research has shown again and again that these specific proportions are deemed the most attractive and appealing.
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Good Candidates for Rhinoplasty
Good candidates for rhinoplasty include mentally and physically healthy males over the age of sixteen and females who are at least fifteen years old. The reason for the age difference is that the nose must be allowed time to finish growing, a process that takes longer in males than it does in females. Ideal candidates should also have realistic expectations about what can or cannot be accomplished with rhinoplasty. It should be noted that even patients with health issues may still make good candidates for rhinoplasty, once they have been evaluated by a plastic surgeon.
Ideal candidates for rhinoplasty also include those who have experienced a broken nose or those who have issues such as overly large nostrils, a low nose bridge, a wide bridge, a boxy or drooping nasal tip, a deviated septum, a nose tip that is too short, too pointy, or is over projected, or someone who has a noticeable hump in their nasal profile. In many cases, the appearance of the nose may simply need to be “softened”, so that it creates a pleasing balance and ratio that harmonizes with other facial features.
Although rhinoplasty is generally considered safe and carries few risks when performed by a highly trained and skilled plastic surgeon, like all surgical procedures, there are certain risks. Risks may include:
- Infections at the site, or in the sinus areas
- Difficulty breathing
- Nasal drainage and others
- Excessive bleeding
- Complications from anesthesia
- Tissue or skin damage or death
- Skin or contour irregularities
- Unwanted scarring or slow healing
- Dissatisfaction with the results
Before undergoing rhinoplasty surgery, patients must consult with their chosen plastic surgeon to ensure they are a good candidate for the procedure. The consultation will involve:
- A physical and visual assessment, including a health assessment
- A discussion of goals and expectations
- An opportunity for the patient to ask questions and address concerns.
The consultation is a vital part of the process, and allows the surgeon to ensure candidacy while designing a custom procedure.
Procedure and Recovery
A rhinoplasty is a complex surgery that requires the surgeon to fully customize the procedure. After anesthesia has been administered, small incisions will be made either inside the nostrils (closed) or in the strip of skin dividing the nostrils (open). Through these incisions, the surgeon can access the structures of the nose. The surgeon may break or file down bones in the nose and reposition cartilage to create the desired results. Once this is complete, the incision(s) will be closed.
Patients can be driven home shortly after surgery. For one to two weeks following the procedure, patients will need to stay home and recover. Some activities, such as exercise, bending, lifting, and swimming, will need to be postponed according to postoperative care instructions. Any discomfort can be controlled with prescribed medication, and patients should expect some swelling and bruising following surgery.
FAQ’s and Commonly Asked Questions Concerning Revision Rhinoplasty Treatment
What is nasal sculpting?
Nasal sculpting refers to advanced rhinoplasty techniques such as nasal implants, cartilage grafts, and specific refinements to the shape, length and form of the nose. Rhinoplasty is a complex process that blends medical science and sophisticated artistic skills to create a more refined and balanced nose.
What is airway surgery?
Airway surgery is performed to correct functional issues with the nose. It can be combined with cosmetic changes to the nose, or as a stand-alone procedure to clear nasal passageways and correct deformities such as a deviated septum, or the removal of scar tissue.
What is nasal reconstruction?
Nasal reconstruction is used to correct the results of a previous nasal surgery. Because nose jobs can be very complex, they require additional training, experience, and sophisticated surgical skills to perform correctly. Although most patients are happy with their surgical results, we do encounter patients 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 overcorrected the nose.
Some patients have also experienced complications such as unwanted scarring, nasal implant failure, or other issues that were the direct result of a prior rhinoplasty surgery. When this occurs, patients may require revision rhinoplasty surgery, a much more complex procedure, because the surgeon has to address not only the structure and form of the nose, but scarring caused by the original rhinoplasty.
Where can a
rhinoplasty procedure be performed?
Rhinoplasty is usually performed in a surgical office facility or an ambulatory surgical center. It can also be performed in a hospital setting, although this is not as common.
What kind of anesthesia is used in rhinoplasty surgery?
Anesthesia can include local (meaning it affects only a specific area of the body such as the nose), intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on patient needs, or if any other procedures are being performed at the same time.
Can rhinoplasty correct nasal deformities?
Yes. Nasal defects such as those caused by traumatic injuries, structural weaknesses, asymmetry (unbalanced or uneven areas in the size, shape, and form) of nasal structures, illness or congenital issues (defects that are present at birth) can be improved or corrected with rhinoplasty.
How long does it take to heal after a rhinoplasty procedure?
Healing can vary from patient to patient, but on average, much of the swelling should subside by the end of the second week. Residual swelling does not mean that the nose will look overly large or not be presentable, only that swelling may take three to six months to clear. Most patients can expect to see rapid improvements within weeks, even though the actual healing process, in which any remaining swelling is resolved, can take up to a year to complete.
What should I look for in a rhinoplasty surgeon?
Training, experience and an eye for symmetry and aesthetics are fundamental requirements for good surgical outcomes. Simply put, not every surgeon is qualified to perform nose jobs. All doctors may be legally able to perform rhinoplasty, but not every doctor should.
Even though it may not look it, the nose is a complex structure, requiring advanced skills during surgery. Even removing what appears to be a simple bump or hump in the nose can dramatically change the appearance and form of the nose. The space inside the nose is also very tight, and surgeons can easily remove too much, or not enough of the delicate structures to create a pleasing result. You should never trust your nose to anyone without the proper training, credentials and experience to perform rhinoplasty.
We are Rhinoplasty Experts
At the Plastic Surgery Institute of Miami, we are experts in nose jobs. We understand how painful it can be to feel that your nose is less than appealing. Our talented and caring staff work to keep you informed, comfortable and well cared for every step of the way. Our highly trained physicians have the advanced training, years of experience, and sophisticated surgical skills to perform even the most challenging rhinoplasty procedures.
If you, or a loved one is unhappy with the way your nose looks, or you need help with breathing issues related to your nose, we can help. Our highly trained, well-respected plastic surgeons are experienced experts in all areas of plastic surgery, including rhinoplasty. Your nose has a lot to do with your overall appearance. If you need changes, we can help. Get the lovely nose you have always wanted with the premiere rhinoplasty experts in the Miami Fl, and Coral Gables Fl, area. Please call 305-446-7700 or use our convenient contact form.