Many folks who are considering rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, may be doing so for aesthetic reasons, or they require one for either health purposes. With the right rhinoplasty technique and by working with our Scottsdale nose surgeon, Dr. Paul Angelchik, you will soon find your self-esteem and self-confidence enhanced in addition to breathing easier - literally!
Our Scottsdale nose surgeon team provides compassionate care in a highly professional environment throughout every step of the process. To get started, call our Glendale practice at (602) 761-7887 for your preliminary consultation.
Two Types of Rhinoplasty
The two main ways of performing a rhinoplasty, open and closed:
1) Open - In this case the there is a small bridging incision which connects the right and left nostril incisions. The hallmark of an open rhinoplasty is the way the surgical access is improved by this incision.
2) Closed - With the closed approach, all of your surgical incisions are positioned inside your nostrils in a way that avoids any visible scarring.
Technically, the open approach offers more of an advantage over the closed technique. Whichever way works best in your unique case you can be assured that our skilled cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Paul Angelchik, has performed a number of both open and closed procedures.
Is Rhinoplasty Right for Me?
There are a number of health factors you need to consider to determine if rhinoplasty is your right option for you. The top things we look at when determining candidacy are:
- Physical health - Ideal candidates should be healthy overall and have passed a physical examination before the surgery.
- Mentally sound - If you have realistic expectations about both the results and your healing process, then your rhinoplasty has a greater chance of success.
- Of proper age - Ideally, your face will be fully developed and grown before your rhinoplasty. Typically, this occurs between the ages of 14 to 16.
- Lifestyle choices - If you are a smoker, this can negatively impact your surgery, our Scottsdale nose surgeon will be sure to address this before moving forward with your procedure.
Each nose surgery is unique and needs to be treated equally so. Dr. Angelchik will assure that you are fully prepared pre and post surgery and will happily address any and all questions about nose surgery that you may have.
Immediately After Nose Surgery
Depending on the details of your nose surgery, you may have a nasal splint on the bridge of your nose when you awake from anesthesia. For most nose surgeries, bandaging beneath the tip of the nose is necessary.
When you go home, you should rest and focus on recovery. Don't plan to do any of your normal activities. When you sleep, you should try to keep your head elevated to reduce swelling and bleeding.
The area around your eyes will be bruised after surgery, with possible bruising on your cheeks as well. Bruising is at its worst for the first three days, then will gradually begin to dissipate within a week. If you plan to use makeup to cover the bruising, make sure you wait a couple days after surgery.
You can take pain medications as prescribed by Dr. Angelchik. We will send you home with recovery information as well as which medications should be avoided during your recovery.
Weeks Following Nose Surgery
The majority of healing takes place in the weeks following your nose surgery. Although each patient heals differently, the following are common:
- Significant reduction in swelling after one to two weeks.
- Return to work within one week to 10 days.
- Return to all normal activities and exercise within a few weeks. If you play contact sports, Dr. Angelchik will let you know when it is safe to return to your sport without the threat of injuring your healing nose.
- Minor changes in nose shape and swelling for several weeks. These changes will be nearly imperceptible.
Your experience may be different. Nose surgery varies in the way it is performed, which affects the length and the nature of your recovery.
Rhinoplasty for a Deviated Septum
Many people think of the rhinoplasty as a cosmetic procedure. And it is undoubtedly an excellent way for patients dissatisfied with the look of their noses to re-shape them into something more attractive and proportional.
However, rhinoplasty is also a procedure used to fix a deviated septum, a significant quality-of-life issue.
What is a deviated septum?
The septum is the thin “wall” that stands between your nostrils. It’s basically the structure that enables you to have two symmetrical nostrils.
In a perfectly structured nose, the septum is placed in the middle of your nose, leaving you with two equally sized nostrils, greatly easing breathing.
However, the septum isn’t always perfectly structured. When it is displaced, one nasal passage is smaller than the other.
This can lead to significant problems, such as:
- Difficulty breathing through your nose
- Sinus infections
- Noisy breathing during sleep
In particularly severe cases a deviated septum can even completely close off one of your nasal passages.
How a Rhinoplasty Can Help
When used to correct a deviated septum a rhinoplasty is often known as a “septoplasty.” The end result is a symmetrical set of nasal passages and an easier time breathing.
A rhinoplasty to correct a deviated septum is a relatively simple and straight-forward procedure that is commonly performed.
Dr. Angelchik will re-position your septum so that you have two equally sized nasal passages. Most of the procedure will occur on the exterior of your nose. In certain cases a rhinoplasty requires removing turbinates, which are bones in your nose that can contribute to a deviated septum.
Though most patients will see an end to the symptoms associated with a deviated septum, each individual case is different and will be a matter of how severe your unique case is.
Your Final Nose Surgery Results
Although your results should be satisfactory after a few weeks, your nose shape will continue to change slightly over the following year. These changes do not affect the appearance of your nose drastically.
In some cases, patients choose to have a nose surgery enhancement to refine their results. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Angelchik, discusses your expected result with you in-depth, prior to your surgery. We want you to achieve the nose shape and appearance you want. Our consultation is intended to learn about your dissatisfaction with your nose, and exactly what aspects you want to change.
Generally, nose surgery results are permanent. As you grow older, your nose tissue and cartilage may lose some elasticity, causing the shape of your nose to slightly change. In most cases, age-related changes in nose appearance are slight.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, one of the leading cosmetic procedures performed each year is rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery. Rhinoplasty is the top cosmetic procedure for men and the third most popular among women. Deciding if nose surgery is right for you should come after much consideration and a thorough consultation with Dr. Angelchik to better understand the procedure. The ultimate decision however needs to be your own.
During your initial rhinoplasty consultation, Dr. Angelchik will gather your medical history to see if you are medically able to undergo surgery and discuss all available options you may have. Together, you will put together a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses your aesthetic appearance goals.
Some of the specific areas that may be addressed with rhinoplasty include:
- Altering the bridge of the nose
- Reshaping the width of the nose
- Changing the size of the nostrils
- Addressing the tip of the nose
Remember, a nose job does come with risks as it is a real outpatient surgery that requires general anesthesia.
To learn more about rhinoplasty, contact the office of Dr. Paul Angelchik at (602) 761-7887 to schedule your free cosmetic consultation today!