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If you’re dissatisfied with the shape, size, contours, or proportions of your nose, you might consider a rhinoplasty. Elevating the contours of the nose can positively affect your facial symmetry and harmony, which, in turn, can improve your confidence and quality of life.

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Restore Optimal Facial Harmony

If you’re considering a nose job, also called rhinoplasty, you’re not alone. Rhinoplasty is the most common cosmetic surgery in the United States, with over 200,000 procedures performed yearly. The reason for rhinoplasty’s everlasting popularity is obvious. The nose is the central part of the face, so even minor issues of proportions, size, or symmetry can make your entire face look disproportionate or asymmetrical. A rhinoplasty elevates the contours of your nose and, in turn, improves overall facial harmony.

What is a Rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is a surgical procedure that changes the shape of your nose. Rhinoplasty can change the size of your nose, the shape of the tip, the width of the nostrils, and the angle between your nose and your upper lip. It can also correct a birth defect or injury. Rhinoplasty can also improve breathing by correcting a deviated septum, a common cause of nasal obstruction. Rhinoplasty is a serious surgery, so choosing a board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon is important.

Rhinoplasty Can Correct:

  • Size of the nose
  • Shape of the nose tip
  • Upturned nose tip
  • Large hump on the nose
  • Width of the nostrils
  • Pinched nose
  • Angle between the nose and the upper lip
  • Congenital deformities related to the nose
  • Deviated septum and other functional issues
  • Deformities caused by injuries or accidents

Types of Rhinoplasty

Primary Rhinoplasty

Primary rhinoplasty refers to the patient’s first nose job. The procedure involves adjusting the soft tissues, cartilage, and bone structure of the nose to address issues related to the shape, size, proportions, or general structure. A primary rhinoplasty can be open or closed, i.e., the incision can be made within or outside the nostrils.

Revision Rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty is a secondary nose job performed to correct the results of a previous nose job. It is often more complex than primary rhinoplasty. Patients may undergo a revision rhinoplasty to improve upon the results of a previous procedure or correct the unwanted aesthetic results and complications of a botched nose job.

Functional Rhinoplasty

Functional rhinoplasty is a type of nose job that is performed to improve the function of the nose, such as correcting a deviated septum. Your surgeon may perform a functional rhinoplasty if you have repeated sinus infections, trouble breathing, and other problems because of structural issues related to the nose.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Ethnic rhinoplasty is for patients of different ethnic backgrounds. This procedure specifically aims to elevate the contours of your nose without erasing the structural markers of your ethnic background and heritage. An ethnic rhinoplasty should be performed by surgeons with a keen awareness of the anatomical differences between patients of different ethnicities.

Your Rhinoplasty Journey: Consultation, Surgery, Recovery

The first step in your rhinoplasty journey is a consultation with a facial plastic surgeon. During your consultation, the surgeon will examine your nose and face, ask you about your goals for surgery, review your medical history, and discuss the risks and benefits of surgery with you. After a thorough consultation, the surgeon will curate a personalized surgery plan and select the appropriate surgical techniques — open or closed. Be sure to ask your surgeon any questions you have about the procedure.

Rhinoplasty surgery is performed under total intravenous anesthesia at our accredited surgical facility. The surgery usually takes between one and two hours. During surgery, the plastic surgeon will make a small incision inside the nostrils (closed rhinoplasty) or on the base of the strip of tissues separating the two nostrils (open rhinoplasty). The location of the incision will depend on your unique conditions and goals. Closed rhinoplasty is suitable for minor aesthetic changes, but an open rhinoplasty is necessary for major structural changes.

If your surgeon performs an open rhinoplasty, they will pull back the skin of your nose to reveal the underlying bone and cartilage. The surgeon will chisel away at the bone, remove excess tissues, and redrape the skin. If your surgeon performs a closed rhinoplasty, they will adjust your nose from within your nostrils. The specific details of the procedure will depend on your needs. But in both cases, the incision mark will be invisible or barely visible.

Once the underlying structures have been corrected, your surgeon will close the incisions with stitches. A splint will also be placed on your nose to help support it as it heals. After surgery, you will need to rest with your head elevated for the first few days. Your surgeon will remove the splint and stitches after a week. You will have some swelling and bruising after surgery, which will subside over the next few weeks. You will see the final results after about a year.

Schedule an Appointment

Wright Spellman Plastic Surgery is a state-of-the-art facial plastic surgery center specializing in rhinoplasty, facelifts, and other surgical procedures that elevate your facial contours. Our surgery center is led by two board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons — Dr. Wright and Dr. Spellman. They listen to your concerns, assess your facial anatomy, and offer personalized surgeries that ensure natural results. Please schedule an appointment to explore your rhinoplasty options in Sarasota, FL.

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