Your nose is one of the most defining features on your face, so it plays a significant role in your appearance and facial harmony. Each year people of various ages and ethnicities choose to change the appearance of their nose through rhinoplasty.
For over 20 years years, Dr. Scott Holley of West Michigan Plastic Surgery has helped men and women in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids enhance and refine their appearance with rhinoplasty. One of the most meticulous and demanding surgeries in plastic surgery, Dr. Holley performs nose surgery with balance and proportion in mind, to ensure the best possible results.
Nose surgery, also known as rhinoplasty or nose job surgery, is a surgical procedure that is done to adjust the shape, size, or contour of the nose. The goal of rhinoplasty is to create a nose that fits with the rest of your face without sacrificing its unique shape and character.
Reshaping the nose may include one or a combination of the following:
People who are unhappy with the shape or size of their nose as well as individuals with breathing problems or significant nasal deformity are good candidates for nose surgery. Candidates for rhinoplasty should be in good health and have realistic expectations of what can be achieved with surgery. They should also be psychologically ready for surgery.
Vectra 3D photo analysis has revolutionized nose surgery consultation. Dr. Holley will give you a visual tour of the rhinoplasty process and provide 3D images of your appearance after surgery. Who wouldn’t want to see their results BEFORE surgery?
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure that may be carried out under general or local anesthesia. Surgery typically takes about 2-3 hours.
Rhinoplasty may be performed using an open or closed technique. With closed rhinoplasty, all the incisions for surgery are made on the interior of the nose.
Incisions for open rhinoplasty are also made inside the nose but an external incision is made across the columella. The columella is the cartilage that separates the nostrils.
Each rhinoplasty surgery is unique and specifically tailored to each patient’s aesthetic goals and nasal anatomy. Bone and cartilage may be removed or reshaped to address a dorsal hump. Cartilage may be removed, sutured, or even augmented to achieve nasal tip refinement. Nostrils can be reshaped or reduced as needed.
At the conclusion of surgery, splints will be applied to maintain and protect the nasal shape during healing.
While immediate improvement will be visible, nose surgery is known for requiring patience. The variability of recovery depends on many factors and final results often take 6-12 months to become fully appreciated.
After rhinoplasty, a splint will remain in place for up to 1 week. There is usually some swelling and bruising, and the nose will feel puffy and sore. Most of the swelling should resolve within 2-3 weeks, but residual swelling may remain for up to 6 months. Final results can take up to 12 months to show.
All surgical procedures carry risks. The most common risks associated with rhinoplasty include bleeding, infection, incomplete improvement, or anesthesia complications. However, choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform rhinoplasty will ensure that you get the most appropriate treatment, and minimize possible risks.
The most important step in planning a nose job surgery is consulting with an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon. You then should be prepared to discuss your concerns and motivations for considering surgery. Vectra 3D analysis will help you understand your options and visualize your results before surgery. Dr. Holley will thoroughly explain the surgical techniques of nose surgery, and review the risks and recovery timeline.
To ensure that surgery goes as smoothly as possible, patients are generally asked to refrain from taking certain types of medications, supplements, and anti-inflammatory drugs. You will also be asked to stop smoking and limiting alcohol consumption.