Rhinoplasty (Surgical Nose Job) in Miami
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure used to improve the overall harmony of the face by reshaping the nose. Patient needs and preferences determine the plan that will alter the size, shape, and/or position of the nose. Rhinoplasty is used to address both function and appearance.
Cosmetic Improvements with a Nose Job
Although patients have no say over the genetic hand they are dealt, rhinoplasty allows for cosmetic improvements that can help to boost confidence and satisfaction with one’s appearance. A nose job may be used to reduce the size or width of the nose, to reposition a crooked nose for greater symmetry, to create a better profile, or to correct issues with nostrils (like those that are too small or too large) or with the tip of the nose (if it is upturned, hooked, sagging, or bulbous, for example).
That said, rhinoplasty is also used to treat issues like a deviated septum or correct incidents like a broken nose. The procedure may also be used in a reconstructive capacity, following the removal of skin cancers. Patients may also seek to correct previous unsuccessful rhinoplasty surgeries.
How Does a Surgical Nose Job Work?
Rhinoplasty is a complex surgical procedure that requires the expertise of a trained, experienced, and skilled facial plastic surgeon. The first step in the process is to schedule an appointment for consultation, during which the doctor will discuss your goals, inform you about the procedure and recovery process (as well as potential alternatives to surgery), determine if you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty, and create a plan that will determine the potential outcome of the surgery.
There are two main types of rhinoplasty procedures: open and closed. In open rhinoplasty, incisions are made on the exterior of the nose so that the skin can be lifted to expose the tissue, cartilage, and bone underneath. Once the nose has been sculpted to perfection, the skin is returned to its original position and closed with fine stitches.
A closed rhinoplasty follows a similar trajectory, except for the initial incisions. In this procedure, no incisions are made to the exterior skin of the nose. Only internal incisions are made so as to eliminate the possibility of external scarring.
In both cases, rhinoplasty procedures may include removal of tissue, as well as the introduction of cartilage, grafts, or implants to produce desired outcomes. While you may have a preference as to the type of rhinoplasty procedure performed, your doctor will decide on a case-by-case basis which procedure is required to achieve optimal results.
On the day of surgery, patients are either given general anesthesia or provided with a combination of local anesthesia and a sedative, depending on the type and extent of the surgical procedure being performed. Anesthesia will be administered and monitored throughout the surgery by a board-certified anesthesiologist, ensuring your safety and comfort throughout.
Rhinoplasty procedures tend to last about 1-2 hours on average, although it will vary by patient and procedure.
This is an outpatient procedure, so once the surgery is complete and you are cleared by the doctor, you will be released and allowed to return home to rest and recuperate. The doctor will schedule follow up appointments to remove bandages, packing, and splints and check on your recovery progress.
What Does Recovery Entail?
Because rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure, recovery may be extensive, requiring several weeks to fully heal. Immediately following surgery, patients can expect to feel some amount of pain, discomfort, and/or tenderness, for which the doctor will provide a prescription for pain medication.
Patients will also notice swelling and bruising around the nose, including around the eyes. About a week after surgery, you will meet with the doctor to remove splints, packing, and bandages designed to support and stabilize the nose during healing, as well as reduce bleeding and risk of infection.
Swelling and bruising tend to last up to a couple of weeks after surgery. For at least the first few days you should plan to rest, recuperate, and avoid strenuous activity in order to give your body the greatest opportunity to heal.
What Results Can I Expect?
Results will depend largely on the patient and the procedure. If your procedure is primarily intended to address functional concerns having to do with a deviated septum, you should notice immediate improvement to breathing. For procedures that focus more on cosmetic issues, you should see final results within a few weeks of surgery, once swelling and bruising has subsided and tissue is fully healed.
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How Do I Know If Rhinoplasty Is Right For Me?
The best method to determine if a given procedure, including a surgical nose job, is appropriate for you is to consult with an experienced medical professional. Dr. Gallo is knowledgeable in both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic facial procedures and can help to advise you on what your options are in harmony with your desired outcomes.