Nose Reshaping and Reconstruction (Rhinoplasty)
The nose is the centerpiece of the face, and the structure of the nose is fundamental to the face’s overall symmetry and proportionality. Nose surgery—also called rhinoplasty—can dramatically improve the balance of features even when done with great subtlety and finesse. At East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, our goal is always to help you look like your very best self; every rhinoplasty we perform is carefully designed for your nose, your face, and your goals. We invite you to schedule an appointment with one of our rhinoplasty surgeons at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery to learn more about nose reshaping and reconstruction, and see how it can work for you.
What is a rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty refers to procedures that reshape the nose. Special techniques are used to improve the symmetry of the face or modify nasal passages in order to improve nasal function. Rhinoplasty can be both a cosmetic and medical surgery.
In most cases of rhinoplasty, surgical incisions are all made inside the nose. More complicated procedures (like those to address a facial injury or congenital defect) may require some incisions along the outer crease of the nose as well.
Most candidates for rhinoplasty are looking to achieve a nose that “fits with their face.” Our New Jersey patients have a wide range of goals when it comes to rhinoplasty. During your one-on-one consultation at ECAPS, you’ll discuss your needs and goals with a skilled and experiences plastic surgeon.
Am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty can be life changing, but not everyone is the right candidate for the procedure. Below is a list to help you determine whether or not nose surgery is right for you:
- You are in good health, and your facial growth is complete. (Typically this means that you are at least 13 years of age, with age 16 or older being optimal.)
- You are bothered by the shape or size of your nose
- The overall size of your nose is too large or small in relation to your other facial features
- Your nose profile includes visible humps or depressions on the nasal bridge
- The tip of your nose is too wide, bulbous, drooping or upturned
- Your nostrils are upturned or too large
- Your nose is not symmetrical
- You have trouble breathing (especially while sleeping) due to irregularities with your nasal passages
- You have previous injury to your nose causing any of the aforementioned conditions
Your ECAPS plastic surgeon cares about the symmetry of your face and your overall health. During your one-on-one consultation with a surgeon at one of our ECAPS offices of New Jersey, you will go over these considerations in order to ensure that your surgery is a success. You should be prepared to discuss your full medical history during your consultation, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal substances.
Special Considerations for Nose Surgery
Please reflect upon the following factors before committing to plastic surgery:
Expectations: Rhinoplasty can greatly improve your appearance and help with your breathing and health, but it is very critical that you keep your expectations realistic. Rhinoplasty should be performed for your own benefit, not to make you look like someone else or please others.
Medical conditions: Nose surgeries are not recommended for those with diabetes, heart problems, or a weak immune system. These factors can complicate surgery and interfere with optimal recovery. It is important that you are healthy enough to withstand surgery before you undergo any type of nose surgery.
Surgery and Recovery
Rhinoplasty is commonly an outpatient surgery, performed with general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation. After a few hours of recovery you should be permitted to go home. You may have a metal splint on your nose to aid in healing, which will be removed after several days.
Your nose will be tender to the touch for the first few days, and you must avoid straining, bending, lifting, biting hard things, and other strenuous activity for several days. Bruising will occur, but typically resolves itself within two weeks.
The highly trained plastic surgeons at the East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery Center will be with you throughout every phase of your procedure. You will also be sent home with a list of detailed care instructions to ensure that your recovery process is a success.