Cosmetic nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is an aesthetic procedure performed to improve the shape and size of the nose. Rhinoplasty can also help correct the functionality of the nose in patients with a deviated septum. Our Tacoma, WA team of skilled plastic surgeons are seasoned at executing cosmetic facial procedures for both men and women. We take a subtle approach to produce the most beautiful and natural-looking results. While rhinoplasty often consists of slight changes, outcomes are often impressive and dramatic because the nose is the most prominent feature of one's face. Rhinoplasty at Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa serves to make your nose look smaller or enhance a nose that is large, protrudes outward, or is of an irregular shape. With this delicate surgery, the goal is to produce a more aesthetically pleasing nose that meets your goals and functions correctly. If you would like to learn more about rhinoplasty and how this procedure can benefit you, please contact Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa to schedule your consultation and speak with one of our talented plastic surgeons.
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Problem areas of the nose are widely varied, which makes this surgery highly individualized for every patient. Some of the concerns that could be addressed with rhinoplasty are:
- Overall size of the nose, especially in relation to the rest of the face
- Profile, including humps or depressions of the bridge
- Nasal tip: bulbous or enlarged, drooping, hanging, hooked or turned up
- Symmetry of the nose
- Width of the upper nose/bridge and/or the nostrils
Women and men alike can be excellent candidates for rhinoplasty. If you're displeased with the overall look of your nose and have specific concerns you wish to enhance or repair, this surgery may be the appropriate answer. It is important that realistic expectations are discussed as your appearance will be changed. Patients considering this procedure should have completed facial maturity. This factor will be discussed during your consultation, especially for individuals under 21.
Cosmetic nose surgery is performed with the patient under general anesthesia and takes between 2 – 4 hours to complete. Rhinoplasty has varying surgical techniques, depending on the specific patient's case. We perform nose surgery with either a closed approach or an open method. The goal during surgery is to remove excess tissue and cartilage or to improve and add cartilage if needed for reshaping. The nose is repositioned while the skin is reformed and draped over the newly enhanced framework. Sutures are placed either inside the nose or in the natural external crease.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The patient can usually go home on the day of their surgery. A splint is often placed over the bridge of the nose and will remain in place for about 2 weeks. Packing is sometimes placed inside the nostrils and is usually removed after several days. The area around your nose will be very swollen and bruised for a week or so. In most cases, there is bruising under the eyes as well. Cold compresses and prescription medication can help with these effects. Your post-operative appointment with your surgeon will take place within a day or so following surgery to check your healing process. On average, it takes about 2 – 4 weeks to heal from rhinoplasty. During this process, strenuous activity or exercise should be avoided.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of nose reshaping surgery varies based on the technique used and the complexity of the procedure. Before estimating costs, our team will listen to your needs and goals to help create your custom treatment plan. Once your aims have been discussed, we can go over your total costs. To help make your surgery easier to afford, Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa accepts many payment methods, as well as payment plans and low-interest financing.
Will my insurance cover functional nose surgery?
While rhinoplasty to improve your appearance is not covered by insurance, if your nose reshaping surgery is considered medically necessary to improve your breathing, some of your costs may be covered by insurance. If you are considering using your insurance, please let us know during your consultation. Our office will help you submit the needed paperwork and information to your insurance to process your claim.
Are there nonsurgical options to change my nose?
To smooth lumps and bumps on your nose, a wrinkle filler (like Juvéderm or Restylane) could be a good option. An injectable filler can temporarily correct minor imperfections on your nose, which may help you decide to proceed with rhinoplasty. Nose surgery is better for long-lasting results, larger changes, and to improve the internal structure for better function. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will let you know if you may be a candidate for nonsurgical nose reshaping.
What about ethnic rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty focuses on improving the nose while still maintaining your cultural identity. This may be a consideration if you are Asian, African-American, or Middle Eastern. During your consultation, you can discuss what you like about your nose and what you would like to change. This will allow us to customize your treatment plan so you get your best results.
Can I combine nose surgery with other facial surgeries?
Many patients consider combining nose surgery with another procedure, like chin or cheek augmentation. Combining surgeries for a dramatic result can be discussed during your one-on-one consultation. Once we understand your goals, we can help you decide what procedures should be in your treatment plan. Nose reshaping surgery can have a tremendous effect on your facial harmony — even more than most people realize — so you should wait to see your results before considering another procedure.
YOUR BEST NOSE
Rhinoplasty is a simple procedure designed to address the displeasure you may feel when looking at your facial profile. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose, or if you have breathing issues caused by a deviated septum, rhinoplasty could help. This highly sought-after cosmetic treatment has very high success rates for many patients. Our team of skilled plastic surgeons set out to reshape your nose so that your whole face looks more balanced and attractive. Even small tweaks to the nose can have a huge impact on your overall facial harmony. Contact Aesthetic Surgery Centre & MedSpa in Tacoma, WA and schedule a consultation to learn more about the benefits of this tried-and-true cosmetic surgery.