An Introduction to Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, also referred to as a nose job, involves making precise structural changes to the nose to create a more desirable shape and contour. Rhinoplasty has remained a very popular plastic surgery procedure, due to its ability to make dramatic changes in one's facial appearance. This can have a very positive impact on one's self-esteem as well.

Rhinoplasty is considered by most surgeons to be the most complex and challenging of all the plastic surgery operations . In order to obtain consistently good results in this field,. the surgeon must be skilled in all types of noses and be proficient in advance techniques. At the same time, being imperative to appreciate the functional aspects of a cosmetic rhinoplasty in order to maintain, or even improve, nasal breathing . Without the appropriate training and experience, obtaining these results becomes more of a random process. Therefore, a careful selection of a Rhinoplasty surgeon is essential for a successful outcome.

At Aesthetica clinic, we believe that rhinoplasty is a harmony of art with science. A philosophy we developed over years of intensive training and experience gained from the stalwarts in this field. Because of our unique approach,, we are most sought after by patients who have had surgery elsewhere and desire revision surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is rhinoplasty?
  • Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves reshaping of the nose. This is accomplished through modifications of the overlying soft tissues or underlying skeletal framework, or both. It is considered by many to be the most complex of all plastic surgery operations of the face.

  • Who is a good candidate for rhinoplasty?
  • First of all, individuals who undergo rhinoplasty must be in good health. The best candidates want to improve the appearance of their nose while having realistic expectations about what can be accomplished with surgery.

  • What type of anesthesia is used in rhinoplasty?
  • General anesthesia

  • How long does the surgery take to perform?
  • The time it takes to perform rhinoplasty varies. Simpler cases may be completed within a couple of hours, while more complicated procedures may takes over three hours to complete.

  • What is the difference between open and closed rhinoplasty?
  • There are two types of rhinoplasty procedures, based on the approach selected. The two approaches are external and endonasal, and are based on where the incisions are made. Various factors are involved in the selection of the appropriate approach. Dr. Suhael Zahur will evaluate the needs of each patient and will decide which approach is most appropriate.

  • Where are the incisions made for rhinoplasty?
  • In the endonasal (closed) approach, incisions are made on the inside of the nose. The external (open) approach has incisions inside the nose, but also has an additional incision on the underside of the nose, between the nostrils.

  • Will I have visible scars after rhinoplasty?
  • All incisions produce scars. In the endonasal approach, there are no visible scars. The external approach involves an incision on the underside of the nose. The scar that results is usually well concealed and not very noticeable.

  • What is recovery like after rhinoplasty?
  • After rhinoplasty, there is always some swelling and mild bruising around the eyes. In order to minimize swelling, it is best to elevate your head for at least 24 hours and avoid any exertion . Most patients report feeling much better after two to three days.

  • Will my nose be packed after surgery?
  • A light pack is placed in the nose which is removed in the morning after surgery.

  • Do I need to take time off of work to recover from rhinoplasty?
  • Yes, you are required to take some time off of work in order to heal properly. However, you are usually able to return to work within a week following surgery.

  • When can I exercise after rhinoplasty?
  • Light exercise may be resumed in about a week. More strenuous exercise should be avoided for up to a month, as this can cause swelling.

  • Can anything be done if I don't like the results of my surgery?
  • Rhinoplasty is a surgery that requires patience, because it takes many months for the nose to heal properly. The nose will continue to refine throughout the first year after surgery. For this reason, revision surgery is best avoided during this time. However, in certain cases, very minor revision work may be undertaken; this is usually best avoided, if possible.

  • Does insurance cover any of the cost of rhinoplasty?
  • It depends. Rhinoplasty is sometimes performed for both cosmetic and functional reasons. In these cases, insurance may cover some of the cost if surgery is being done to treat breathing problems or deformities.

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