Rhinoplasty, commonly known as nose job or surgery, ranks among the top five most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the US. More than 200,000 rhinoplasty procedures are performed every year in the country. While most patients seek this procedure for cosmetic enhancement of the nose, it is also performed to correct functional anomalies.
Rhinoplasty may be performed as an open or closed surgery, depending on the extent of surgery involved. Closed rhinoplasty leaves no external scarring, but open rhinoplasty may be necessary when substantial nose alterations are required.
The nose surgeon will carefully evaluate the patient’s candidacy and their nose anatomy and personal aesthetic goals. The appropriate surgical approach and technique will be chosen to meet the patient’s unique needs.
One of the most common types of nose cosmetic surgery is reduction rhinoplasty. It will reduce the size of the nose to improve facial harmony and proportion, and bring the nose in balance with facial features such as the chin. Narrowing of nasal tip, removal of a nasal bump, and reshaping of nostrils may be performed along with nose size reduction. The procedure will involve precise bone and cartilage reduction to create the right size and shape.
Augmentation rhinoplasty may be recommended when the nose is disproportionately small or looks undermined in comparison to other facial features. Bone or tissue grafting may be used to build up the nasal bridge or nose tip. The surgeon may utilize cartilage from the septum or other areas of the body such as the ribs. Synthetic implants may sometimes be used to augment the nose. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty.
Post-traumatic nose surgery may be performed with a goal to restore both function and aesthetics following a severe injury in the nasal region. The procedure may involve tasks such as repairing of a broken bone, straightening the nose and enhancing the deviated nasal septum.
Full or partial loss of the nose may occur after skin cancer or another disease or injury. The surgeon may have to perform a reconstructive rhinoplasty to rebuild the nose to restore its original shape. Nose implants, the flap technique, and skin grafting may be used in reconstruction.
People of various ethnicities can have specific nasal characteristics. The surgeon may perform ethnic rhinoplasty for Asians, African Americans, Hispanics, or people of Middle Eastern origin to improve their nasal contours.
The patient may have to stay at home for about one week to safely recover following rhinoplasty surgery. At the end of the first week, the sutures and nasal packing or splint may be removed. Nosebleeds, headaches, and irritation are expected in the first few days.
The patient should avoid blowing their nose in the first week. Your normal routine can usually be resumed around the time the second week is arrived at, but strenuous activities should be avoided for another two to three weeks.