Rhinoplasty (or “nose job”)

Giving your nose the look you want

Maybe you are unhappy with the nose you were born with, or the way aging has changed your nose. Or, you might have had an injury that distorted your nose or obstructed nasal breathing. Maybe you’ve contemplated getting a rhinoplasty “nose job”. Your nose occupies a central position on the your face, so its size and shape can have a great impact on your appearance. Del Rey Aesthetics Center is expert at altering the shape of the nose with clinical excellence, and we keep your safety and satisfaction as our top priority.

Rhinoplasty, one of the most common plastic surgery procedures, can reshape, reduce or augment your nose and give you the look you want. There are two major types of procedures: cosmetic and reconstructive.

Cosmetic rhinoplasty can be used to alter the shape of the nose, for example:

  • Remove a hump
  • Alter and sculpt the nasal tip
  • Narrow nostril width
  • Change the angle between the forehead and nose.

Reconstructive rhinoplasty is conducted to correct injury, birth defects, or adverse effects on nasal shape and function that can arise from various diseases.

If you have experienced nasal obstructions as well, you may opt to have a septoplasty or turbinate reduction procedure performed at the same time. This can correct a deviated septum, nasal valve collapse or enlarged turbinates.

Regardless of the procedure you choose, the expert, board-certified surgeons of Del Rey Aesthetics center work closely with you to agree upon your aesthetic goals. Altering the nose can affect your self-image, so we give careful consideration to your satisfaction.

We generally perform rhinoplasty as an outpatient procedure with either local or general anesthesia. We perform “open” or “closed” techniques depending on your specific condition.

We will discuss your treatment options during our consultation, based on your condition.

Who is a candidate for rhinoplasty?
If you want an improved look, starting with the size, shape or angle of your nose, you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty. Patients who have structural issues that obstruct breathing, from injury, birth defects or other conditions, are also candidates. Adult patients can be any age, as long as they can tolerate surgical anesthesia, and teenagers whose noses have reached maturity (14 or 15 for girls, 17 or 18 for boys) may also opt for the surgery.

What is the recovery from rhinoplasty?
Following your surgery, significant changes will be noticeable right away. There may be some pain and swelling, that will disappear over the following two weeks. Once healing is complete, some of the more minor changes will appear. There are many variables affecting the recovery time, including extent of the surgery, strength and structure of your underlying bone and cartilage, skin condition and thickness and age, among others.

After surgery, most patients do not experience any significant pain; however, we may give analgesic medications as needed for post-operative discomfort. For the first few days after surgery, your nasal breathing may be limited, due to swelling. This will improve as the swelling goes down. Your face will feel puffy, and there may be bruising around the eyes, which goes away a few days after surgery.

Post-operative care is very important following rhinoplasty surgery. Keep your head elevated to minimize swelling, and you must not blow your nose and take care to avoid any impacts during healing. Cold compresses can help reduce the bruising and any discomfort. We typically use absorbable stitches, which do not need to be removed. Any external sutures, if required, are removed in five to eight days. Nasal dressings and splints, if used, are also removed at 5-10 days after surgery.

Contact us today to learn more and schedule a consultation.