The nose is located in the center of the face. As such, it’s not uncommon for it to become injured in activities. In other cases, it may simply not function properly. Rhinoplasty is a great option for those who have experienced these problems.
A nose job can change the shape and function of the nose which can greatly impact your life in many ways. It can provide you with improved self-confidence which can improve your overall quality of life in turn. Since the nose is such a prominent feature, it can have a negative impact on the way you feel about yourself if you do not like the way it looks.
The entire face can be affected by the shape of the nose, and making modifications to the nose like removing bumps, refining the tip, changing the size of the nostrils, or narrowing the bridge of the nose can enhance the overall facial appearance. These techniques can create a symmetrical shape that can lead to a more balanced and attractive appearance. Changing the function of the nose can also greatly impact your life by correcting breathing problems that are caused from a deviated septum or other structural issues. Rhinoplasty can assist you with all of these issues and Dr. Masri can assist you in developing the best plan for you, but before you start your rhinoplasty journey there are five important aspects to be aware of.
You Must Have Realistic Expectations
Rhinoplasty is able to create anything from subtle to dramatic changes in the appearance of the nose. Take a hump, for example. Some patients may want it slightly decreased, while others may want the hump completely removed. The great thing about rhinoplasty is that it is a highly customizable procedure able to address a variety of diverse concerns, from changing the overall size or removing a hump, to resizing the nostrils or improving breathing.
That’s a lot of concerns that can be addressed with rhinoplasty, but the reality is that the surgery can’t address all aspect of your life. If you have some surgical ideal in mind, like obtaining a replica of a celebrity’s nose or getting your dream job through rhinoplasty, you’re likely to be disappointed. Your nose has to fit your individual features and what’s right for one person may not be right for you. Furthermore, while rhinoplasty can dramatically improve your appearance and your self-confidence, it can’t dramatically alter your life unless you find that your excellent results spur you to do so on your own.
The Masri Clinic utilizes a computer imaging system to allow the patient to see and observe the possible and potential changes that can work on the patient’s face. It’s a great way to work with your surgeon to help develop realistic goals for surgery.
Rhinoplasty is Part Science, Part Art
Rhinoplasty is one of the most intricate and complicated plastic surgery procedures to perform. A surgeon must have the necessary technical skills to successfully perform the surgery. However, there is also an artistic aspect to the surgery. Essentially, the surgery combines the aesthetics of facial proportions with the need for proper function. When looking for a surgeon, make sure that he or she is board certified and has the necessary qualifications to perform surgery. Beyond that, be sure to look at his or her before and after pictures to get an idea of their aesthetics and to view their quality and level of work.
Understand the Procedure
Rhinoplasty procedures are typically performed while the patient is sedated with a local or general anesthesia. This is based on the patient’s preference and what is surgically being done. There are two approaches that the surgery can take: closed or open.
The closed approach is also referred to as an endonasal at approach. This method requires the incisions to be placed inside of the nostrils so that no scarring is visible on the exterior of the nose. The inside of the nose can be shaped and bone cartilage can be reshaped for a different appearance. Since the incisions are on the inside, it makes it more challenging for the surgeon to see and change aspects of the nose. Many times this direction is unable to be taken during challenging nose jobs.
The open approach also requires incisions to be made inside of the nose, but they are joined by others at the base of the nose. More accuracy is available with this procedure, but it does produce a small scar at the base of the nose. When traumatic injuries have occurred including major defects this approach is often necessary. The procedure is used for dramatic aesthetic work as well.
Understand Your Recovery
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure. A nasal splint will be placed on the nose after surgery as well as other gauze and dressings which can usually be removed after one week. The large amount of packing that is placed in the nose after surgery can usually be removed the next day. Swelling and bruising is common. The swelling can continue in small amounts for up to one year after the surgery. The final results will not be achieved until after one year after the surgery. Strenuous exercise should be avoided because it can increase swelling and bruising in the nose. Social activities can be resumed three weeks after surgery and no one will notice the procedure was completed.
Understand the Risks
Rhinoplasty, like all surgery, has risks that you need to know about. Potential risks of rhinoplasty may include excessive bleeding, infection, changes in sensitivity such as numbness or hypersensitivity, nasal blockage, and adverse anesthesia reactions. Choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon can help to minimize your risk of complications.
If you feel that rhinoplasty is right for you, contact Dr. Masri today. The Masri Clinic is experienced in rhinoplasty procedures and can help you achieve the nose you’ve always desired. Contact Dr. Masri and his staff at 866-487-3223.