Many seek rhinoplasty, also referred to as “nose reshaping” or a “nose job,” to change the shape or size of their nose, to correct a deformity or broken nose, or to revise a previous nose surgery. For example, changes can be made to correct nasal asymmetry, wide nostrils, a bulbous nasal tip, or a downward-pointing tip. Structural abnormalities that interfere with breathing can also be corrected with rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty Candidate

The ideal candidate for rhinoplasty can relate to the following:

  • At least 16 years old
  • Has realistic expectations of the surgery
  • Does not smoke

Rhinoplasty Procedure

Depending on your condition and your surgeon’s preference, you will undergo either an open rhinoplasty or a closed rhinoplasty. An open rhinoplasty involves an incision across the columella (the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils). This allows the surgeon to gently pull back skin and tissue in order to more efficiently operate on the underlying bone structure. With a closed rhinoplasty procedure, the incisions are hidden inside the nose. This technique involves less operative and recovery time but does not give the surgeon as much access to underlying nasal structures.

Recovery from Rhinoplasty

Once the procedure is complete, tubes or packing will likely be placed inside your nostrils, and a splint and bandages will be used to cover and protect your nose. You will be given specific instructions to follow regarding how to care for the surgical site, which medications to take or apply, and when to follow up with your surgeon. Swelling and bruising should resolve about two weeks after surgery.

Rhinoplasty  Results

The results of a rhinoplasty procedure are permanent. After about three months patients will be able to see a more harmonious facial appearance and usually experience increased self-confidence.

Risks and Side Effects of Rhinoplasty

As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved with nose surgery. These include:

  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing
  • Rupture of small surface vessels
  • Nose asymmetry
  • Blood clots
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Airway alterations that may interfere with breathing
  • Nasal septum perforation (a hole in the nasal septum)
  • Pain
  • Scarring
  • Skin discoloration
  • Swelling

Rhinoplasty Consultation

Dr. Thompson can help you decide if rhinoplasty is right for you during a consultation. If you are considering nose surgery in the Colts Neck, New Jersey area, call 732-410-4789 today or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.