Rhinoplasty, popularly known as nose job, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to improve the shape and size of the nose to make it more proportionate to the rest of the face. The procedure must be performed by an experienced cosmetic surgeon because of the subtleties involved in rhinoplasty, which can dramatically impact the facial appearance.
In many cases, rhinoplasty can correct not only aesthetic aberrations of the nose, but also breathing problems caused due to nasal obstructions. The plastic surgeon will carefully evaluate all aspects before preparing a comprehensive rhinoplasty surgical plan. Leading plastic surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey provides this procedure to patients in Atlanta, GA and surrounding communities.
Types of Nose Surgery
Rhinoplasty can be performed using any of these surgical techniques, as per the patient’s unique aesthetic needs:
Reduction rhinoplasty is one of the most common techniques, which is aimed at making the nose more proportionate and attractive. The cosmetic surgeon may refine the nose tip, reduce or remove nasal bumps, and reshape excessively flared nostrils as a part of this procedure. The technique typically involves slight removal of cartilage and bone to produce a desirable size and shape of the nose.
Some patients may need a more enhanced nose in proportion to other facial features. The procedure will involve tissue or bone grafting to build up the nasal tip or nasal bridge. Cartilage from the nasal septum or other areas of the body can be used for grafting purposes. In a few cases, the plastic surgeon may use synthetic implants.
Post-traumatic rhinoplasty may be performed following a serious nose injury. The goal here is to restore both appearance and function of the nose. Correction of the nasal septum and straightening of the nose may be involved in this procedure. Dr. McCluskey receives patients from Atlanta, GA and nearby locations for this procedure.
In a case, where the patient has lost all or a part of the nose due to injury, skin cancer, or another condition, reconstructive rhinoplasty can be performed to rebuild the nose. Skin grafting, flap techniques, and other advanced approaches may be used to perform this major nose surgery.
Nose size and shape can be a matter of aesthetic concern for people from different ethnicities and descents, such as African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, and Middle Eastern women and men. An experienced surgeon will apply unique surgical techniques to achieve desirable results without compromising the basic identity and integrity of the patient’s face.
The average known cost of nose surgery in the US in 2014 was $4,694, as per the data provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. However, this cost did not cover the costs of anesthesia, operating facility costs, and other associated expenses. The overall dollar figure of nose reshaping surgery may range from $7,000 to $14,000, depending on various factors.
Recovery and Results
The downtime involved in rhinoplasty can be around one week to 10 days. Initial pain and discomfort can be addressed with pain medications. Results will be visible slowly as swelling and bruising disappears.