Rhinoplasty (nose job)
If you are considering undergoing rhinoplasty in Southern California, your choice of plastic surgeons is extremely important. As one of the most complicated and delicate of all facial surgeries, a high level of artistry is necessary in making decisions about how to best alter nose shape, size, and projection. Not all Rhinoplasty surgeons are equal in natural talent or choose to stay abreast with the latest surgical techniques, so choose carefully – you will live with the outcome for years. Dr. Shabdiz is board certified in facial plastic surgery offering rhinoplasty (nose surgery) to his patients in Orange County. In order to deliver extraordinary results, Dr. Shabdiz works with precision and accuracy to deliver exceptional results that will leave you delighted.
Nose reshaping surgery, or a “nose job” is medically-termed “rhinoplasty.” This procedure addresses a range of nasal issues, from cosmetic to functional. It is a customized surgery, as each patient has unique problems to resolve, including aesthetic issues such as an overly large nose, drooping nose, bulbous nose tip, wide or long nostrils, or a flat nose bridge, among others.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR RHINOPLASTY?
The decision to undergo rhinoplasty is extremely personal. If you feel that the appearance of your nose is affecting your confidence, social life, or success in your profession, you are probably a candidate to undergo surgery to reshape your nose, or improve breathing function, or both.
TYPES OF RHINOPLASTY
Rhinoplasty is performed to resolve a wide range of cosmetic and functional nasal problems; therefore, there are many types of nose surgeries that can be performed for each unique case. As one of the most commonly-performed facial surgeries, it is used to resolve issues such as overly large nose, hump on bridge, flat bridge, bulbous tip, hanging tip, wide nose, asymmetrical nose, and problems with breathing. Learn more about the types of rhinoplasty procedures Dr. Faramarz Shabdiz offers and see which is right for you.
OPEN VS. CLOSED RHINOPLASTY
A closed rhinoplasty has a big advantage in that no surgical incisions are made on the outer portion of the nose, so no visible scars are created. The incisions are made within the nostrils, from which the nose corrections are made. This approach may not be effective for those who have more serious complicated cosmetic issues to resolve but is often appropriate for nose bridge humps and bumps and nasal tip correction. Dr. Faramarz Shabdiz has extensive training and many years of experience on closed rhinoplasty technique and performs the majority of rhinoplasty surgeries with closed technique.
Open rhinoplasty involves placing an incision at the base of the small strip of tissue between the nostrils, so the skin can be pulled back and the full structure accessed. This surgical procedure is commonly employed when a patient requires extensive nose reshaping, including revision rhinoplasty, traumatic nasal deformity and alterations to the nose bridge, tip, and to alter the width of the nose. After healing, the tiny incision is almost invisible, appearing as a fine white line, hidden under the nose where it meets the face.
From a surgical perspective, a natural-looking nose has gentle transitions between each aesthetic sub-unit of the nose: the bridge, the tip, the alae, and the columella. The transitions should be soft and free from extreme angles or sharp lines. With some rhinoplasty procedures, the nose has been made to look unnatural with transitions between the different subunits that look artificial. Therefore the primary aim of rhinoplasty surgery is to create gentle transitions between sub-units and to take into account the patient’s goals, facial features and nasal characteristics.
TABLE OF CANDIDACY
When the nose is large, it draws attention away from your other attractive facial features. Reshaping it surgically can bring a more appealing balance to your face overall, along with greater self-confidence socially, personally, and in business dealings.
LARGE, BULBOUS, DROOPY NOSE TIP
If you feel your nose tip is too heavy, large, or drooping, it can be reshaped surgically for a more refined appearance. Depending upon your unique aesthetic issues, bone and cartilage may need to be altered and reshaped to create a balanced look.
HUMP ON NOSE, BRIDGE, FLAT BRIDGE
Smoothing a large hump or adding volume to a flat nose bridge can create a significant improvement in your facial balance and harmony. Rhinoplasty surgery can trim away or add volume for a refined and appealing profile.
NOSTRIL ISSUES – LARGE, LONG, WIDE
Your nostril shape and size can be altered with a rhinoplasty, so your nostrils look more attractive, rather than drawing unwanted attention. Reshaping the nostrils is sometimes performed during rhinoplasty or could be a single procedure.
PINCHED NOSE TIP, CROOKED NOSE, ETC.
If your nose is asymmetrical, has been broken, crooked, or oddly-shaped, rhinoplasty can alter and repair it, so you feel more confident in your facial appearance. Any functional problems with breathing can be resolved in the same surgery.
You will need to arrange a friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you as support for the first 24 hours. Keep your head elevated, including during sleep, and do not engage in any vigorous actions of any kind, with motions restricted to just gentle, slow walks.
After 10 days, most patients are ready to have the outside splint removed. The stitches inside the nose are mainly dissolvable and don’t need removal. Swelling and bruising is common at this stage. If you had septoplasty (correction of the deviated septum) at the same time, the inside splints will be removed in 4 days.
After two weeks, your new nose is coming into view, although the swelling has not fully disappeared, so your nose will appear bigger than it will when your recovery is complete.
Most swelling is gone, and the alterations are now becoming more visible, particularly at the nose tip. Alterations to the nose bridge may require a bit longer to heal, although you should feel confident enough to engage in social activities.