Rhinoplasty or a Nose Job is the operation that changes the appearance of the nose. This surgery can correct a crooked nose or deformity as a result of injury, reduce or increase the size of the nose, change the shape of the tip or bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between the nose and upper lip. It may also correct a birth defect or help relieve breathing problems.
The size and shape of the nose is considered by many to be the most defining part of the face. Patients undergo nasal surgery to enhance the shape of their nose.
- A bulbous round nasal tip
- A hump along the bridge of the nose
- A nose that is too long, too wide, too droopy, or just generally too big.
- Trauma or fracture of the nose in an accident.
- A nose that has lost some of its bulk, either through an accident, previous surgery, or a disease process.
- Nasal asymmetries: one side is slightly different from the other side.
The nose is made up of a firm framework of bone and cartilage that is covered by skin. The bone and cartilage determine the size and shape of the nose, and the skin is shrink-wrapped over that framework of bone and cartilage. Rhinoplasty is individualized to meet the patient’s needs and expectations. During the operation, the surgeon changes the size and shape and position of the nose’s framework. Then the skin will conform to the new architecture of the nose and show the changes that were made during surgery. Sometimes, a secondary procedure, performed one year after the first operation, may be desirable to make final adjustments in the appearance of your nose. Dr. Sachin Shah will discuss your options with you and help you decide what look and shape will be most aesthetically pleasing.
Normal post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. At the end of surgery, your nose will be bandaged with a small splint on your nose, held in place with tape. You will wear this splint for one week. Minor pain and discomfort associated with surgery can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given after the surgery.