Rhinoplasty or nose job is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure designed to enhance the shape and size of the nose. Each year, more than 200,000 rhinoplasty procedures are performed in the US, which makes it one of the top five most sought-after plastic surgery procedures in the country.
While most patients seek rhinoplasty to improve facial balance and achieve a more attractive looking nose, but sometimes the procedure may also be performed to correct functional anomalies and breathing obstruction. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bram Kaufman provides rhinoplasty and various other procedures to patients in Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and surrounding communities.
Types of Nose Surgery
A number of surgical approaches to rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery are available today. The surgeon will recommend the most appropriate technique according to a patient’s unique needs.
Reduction rhinoplasty is the most common form of nose surgery, which will reduce the size of the nose to make it more proportionate with other facial features such as the chin. The procedure may also involve reduction of nasal bumps, refining of the nose tip, and reshaping of upturned or enlarged nostrils. Minor bone and cartilage removal may be involved to create the right size and shape of the nose.
Some patients may have a smaller or less prominent nose, which can be corrected with augmentation rhinoplasty technique. The plastic surgeon will build up the nasal tip or nasal bridge with the help of bone or tissue grafting. Cartilage from the septum or other parts of the body such as the ribs may be used. Sometimes synthetic implants may also be used. Dr. Kaufman receives patients from Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and nearby areas for augmentation rhinoplasty.
If an individual has sustained serious injuries in the nasal area, a post-traumatic nose surgery may be necessary to restore both function and aesthetics. It may involve repairing a fractured bone, straightening of the nose and improving the nasal septum.
Following skin cancer or another disease or accident, a patient may lose all or a part of the nose. Reconstructive rhinoplasty procedure can be used in such cases to rebuild the nose. Skin grafting, flap technique, and implants may be employed to achieve proper reconstruction.
Specific characteristics and peculiarities of the nose can vary among people of different ethnic origins. Asian, African American, Middle Eastern, and Hispanic patients can choose ethnic rhinoplasty to enhance their nasal contours. The surgeon will make sure that essential identity and integrity of the face remains intact while the nose is reshaped in a desirable, natural-looking way.
Recovery and Results
Depending on the extent of surgery performed, the downtime in case of rhinoplasty can last from one to two weeks. Mild pain and discomfort in the first week may be addressed with pain medications as prescribed by the surgeon.
Vigorous activities should be avoided for about four weeks. Results will establish over a few months as the swelling is eliminated completely. The results with rhinoplasty are usually permanent.