What Results Can I Expect from a Rhinoplasty?

broke my nose in college (long story!) and considering getting a rhinoplasty. What is it like to get nose surgery?

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What Can I Expect From My Rhinoplasty? "Look and Feel More Beautiful"

The best result you can expect from rhinoplasty is one which looks natural and "UN-operated'. The goal should be to create a nose that is in harmony with the rest of facial features. Most Patients do feel and look more "beautiful".

A great rhinoplasty starts with a great communication and rapport between you and your surgeon.  This allows you to openly share your desires and expectations. Your surgeon's careful analysis of nose and face allows a precise diagnosis of the problems that  can be specifically corrected by the procedure.

Rhinoplasty procedure can 1. reduce the overall size of the nose and nostrils, 2. remove a hump, 3. correct deviation of the nose, 4. improve the width of the nose and nasal tip, and 5. change the angle between the nose and upper lip. In addition, a variety of nasal breathing problems can be corrected simultaneously.

In summary, the best rhinoplasty result is one that takes attention from the nose and brings it to the main feature of anyone's face, the eyes. Most patients following rhinoplasty procedure state that they feel and look more beautiful.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Modern rhinoplasty surgery includes surgery to...

Modern rhinoplasty surgery includes surgery to correct/change the external shape of the nose (aesthetic) as well as to improve nasal breathing (functional). Often, both can be performed at the same time. Certainly both should be considered during any rhinoplasty surgery. Experienced rhinoplasty surgeons understand all of these concepts.

The general classifications of aesthetic changes are (not all-inclusive; see my publications on these for more info):
•Dorsal hump reduction (reducing a 'bump on the nose')
•Narrowing the bridge (requiring osteotomies)
•Narrowing the nasal base (the nostrils)
•Correcting a deviation (fixing a crooked nose)
•Altering tip rotation (moving the tip up or down)
•Refining the nasal tip (usually narrowing, but in rare cases broadening; more common in revision rhinoplasty)

The general classifications of functional rhinoplasty (again not all-inclusive; see my publications on this for more info)
•Septoplasty (the most common; often done with rhinoplasty)
•Improving internal nasal valve collapse
•Improving external nasal valve collapse
•Reducing excessively enlarged turbinates

Sam Most, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty can improve most undesirable features of a...

Rhinoplasty can improve most undesirable features of a nose. Noses can be made smaller, narrower, shorter, more sculpted, and more refined.

Bumps and humps on the bridge of the nose can be corrected, and droopy noses can be lifted.

In some instances, such as with wide, flatter noses, a patient may request that their nose be augmented (built up and made larger) to achieve a look that they find more refined and aesthetically pleasing.

Rhinoplasty, when combined with septoplasty (correction of a deviated septum), can even help improve breathing.

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty: What to Expect

I’m assuming that getting passed from fan to fan up the stands during homecoming football game is one way to break one’s nose. Rhinoplasty is a complex surgical procedure, best performed by a surgeon with extensive experience in the procedure. Procedures can be performed under twilight sedation (my preference) or general anesthesia, usually in a surgical center or private doctor’s office, and involves delicate carving and sculpting of the cartilage and filing and often controlled fracturing of the nasal bones. It is usually not necessary to place packing inside the nose afterwards. To get a realistic idea of what to expect, computer imaging is quite useful, but it is also important to look at a prospective surgeon’s before and after photos.

Jeffrey Epstein, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Results to expect from rhinoplasty: Look and breathe better!

Nose surgery should address both your cosmetic and functional goals, i.e. you should look better and breathe better. From the front, you should have a straighter nose and improved harmony between the different components of your nose (e.g. the bridge and tip). On side view, a man should have a strong nasal bridge and a tip that is neither upturned nor hanging down. Good nose surgery will make your nose blend into your face so that people better notice your other facial features.

The nose is supposed to breathe well first and look good second, so any cosmetic changes should never be at the expense of a good airway. Trauma can cause problems like deviation of the nasal septum and nasal valve collapse, and this should be addressed at the time of surgery. Imagine how you feel when you have a terrible cold and can't breathe through your nose. It can be very frustrating! Fixing airway problems, as well as not creating any new problems, is SO important.

The most important thing you, as the patient, can do after surgery is BE PATIENT. These changes take time to settle in because swelling and mucous buildup in the nose can persist for a long time. The good news is all swelling eventually goes down. Remember, things should continue get better with time.

Anand D. Patel, MD
Brookfield Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Preview Your Nose, See Some Examples

1. You would not plan to build a house without looking at the blueprints. Why should something as valuable as your nose (it is in the middle of your face) be any different? Computer imaging has helped patient and surgeon alike in communicating what is and is not possible. Beware that there are some surgeons who will use this as a marketing device to "sell surgery."

2. Have the surgeon show you cases similar to yours. This gives you an idea of the capabilities of your surgeon. Planning your surgery with your surgeon can help make rhinoplasty a rewarding, life long investment.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Results Can Significantly Improve Your Psychological Well Being

Rhinoplasty can improve your nose by changing its width, height or nostril shape. It can also smooth a bump on the bridge or give it more height. The surgery requires a few weeks of taking it easy and up to a year for scars to mature (although most scars are well hidden). It does require a longer recovery, but for patients results can be quite life changing in a good way.

Find a board certified plastic surgeon with plenty of experience in rhinoplasty. This will help you achieve the results you want to achieve, thereby allowing you to have the positive impact on your psychological well being. Best of luck!

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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How extensive is a nose job: surgery, recovery, etc

The extent of your nose surgery depends on the extent of your deformity. Relatively simple clsoed procedures can be achieved with rapid recovery and minimal downtime whereas more extensive irregularities may  require agrgressive open intervention with rib grafts and craniofacial stabilization with prolonged recovery and a longer recovery period with greater risks for revisionary procedures.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty: Art and Science

Rhinoplasty is both an art and science directed at improving breathing and appearance.  Without photos it is impossible to suggest a treatment plan but if your expectations are reasonable and your goals are thoroughly discussed with your plastic surgeon, the outcome is usually a good one.

Jeffrey Weinzweig, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Everyone experiences something different


Thanks for your question.  A rhinoplasty is a great option for repairing the result of a broken nose.  In most cases the surgery is an outpatient operation that is fairly easy to recover from.  Most people experience only small amounts of pain.  It is more common to feel a sense of fullness in the nose instead.  It will take a full year to finish recovering from rhinoplasty.  During the first two months a patient will notice that the initial swelling will come down around the upper half of the nose.  The tip will change around the eighth to twelfth months.  Also, if the bones are reshaped, they will not be solidified for at least two months, so eyeglasses and sunglasses should not be worn directly on the bridge of the nose.  It is important to have realistic expectations prior to undertaking rhinoplasty surgery.  Preoperative simulations can help you understand what is and is not possible.  I hope this helps.

Dr. Shah

Manish H. Shah, MD, FACS
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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