If you are unhappy with your nose, rhinoplasty – commonly called a nose job – can change its size, shape and structure. Your nose is the central feature on your face, and for this reason an overly large, small, crooked or bumpy nose may draw unwanted attention from your other facial features. At Integrated Aesthetics, Dr. Cho will meet with you to discuss your goals and correct nasal issues to improve your appearance and address breathing problems.
Rhinoplasty Procedure Overview
Rhinoplasty/nose job surgery is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures. If you are troubled by the appearance of your nose due to genetics or trauma such as a car accident, rhinoplasty can help. A rhinoplasty procedure can be combined with a septoplasty to correct a deviated septum and improve breathing.
During your consultation, Dr. Cho will have an in-depth discussion with you about your nose re-shaping goals. He will study your facial anatomy carefully to determine which rhinoplasty techniques are right for you. The result of the surgery is better balance and harmony between your facial features.
You may experience bruising, swelling and a feeling that your nose is clogged after rhinoplasty. If you are like most patients, you will not need prescription pain medication. Cool compresses and the right diet can help control swelling.
In general, rhinoplasty is performed under sedation or general anesthesia and the surgery takes about 1-3 hours. Some patients opt for local anesthesia for their procedure.
Rhinoplasty is a customized procedure and the particulars of each surgery vary greatly due to the complexity of your nose and the unique nature your facial anatomy. The two main approaches are open and closed. Dr. Cho will decide which approach is best for you.
With an open rhinoplasty approach, the doctor will make a small incision under your nose and on the inside of your nostrils. With a closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are placed on the inside of your nose. Both approaches are appropriate if you need a cartilage graft, nasal tip alterations, dorsal hump removal or a nasal bone osteotomy (the removal of part of the bone).
Rhinoplasty can be combined with septoplasty that corrects a deviated septum. This surgical procedure corrects the position of the wall between your nasal passages to improve breathing. Dr. Cho can perform both surgeries at the same time with one anesthetic and one recovery.
A temporary non-surgical or liquid nose job is a minimally invasive procedure that uses hyaluronic acid-based injectables. These fillers can create symmetry, camouflage a bumpy nose and build up the tip of your nose. This is a fast treatment with no to minimal downtime and can often give a nice preview of what surgery can accomplish or serve as an on-going alternative to surgery.
Rhinoplasty is considered a very safe procedure when it is performed by an experienced surgeon. There is a risk of nasal obstruction or a tear in the nasal septum lining, which can lead to bleeding.
Prior to your consultation, we want to learn as much as possible about you so that we can best prepare for your visit. We want to understand your concerns, goals, timeline, and your budget to help determine whether we have the appropriate tools and options to deliver your best results.
During your consultation, your assigned Patient Experience Coordinator and Dr. Cho will discuss your concerns in more depth. The doctor will do a physical assessment and then come up with treatment options that balance your needs to manage your downtime, your results, and how we can help address your goals. Many times, a multi-modal approach may be presented to help provide the best outcomes.
After discussing your options, you will continue your journey with your Patient Experience Coordinator to further review your quotes and review the next steps of your aesthetics plan.
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