Traditional Rhinoplasty Surgery
Surgical vs. Non Surgical Nose Job
Considering rhinoplasty? Be sure you know all of your options by consulting with Los Angeles Cosmetic Surgeon Alexander Rivkin, MD?
You are in the right hands. Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping surgery), known informally as a nose job, is one of the most requested plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Rivkin routinely sees patients of all ages who are interested in rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, functional reasons or both.
It is important to have a basic understanding of rhinoplasty and what it can and can’t accomplish before making a decision.
A rhinoplasty can correct a bump, hook or other structural deformity. It can also produce subtle changes to nose size and shape or correct a functional problem such as trouble breathing due to a deviated septum. Other reasons for rhinoplasty may include a nose that is too big for your face, a a bump on the nasal bridge, a drooping, thick or enlarged nasal tip, excessively flared nostrils and/or a crooked nose. These issues could be the result of an injury or simply the way that you were born. There are several options to consider.
Your first step is to set up a consultation with a skilled nose specialist such as Los Angeles Cosmetic Surgeon Alexander Rivkin, MD. Dr. Rivkin will examine your nose structure, skin quality and your facial anatomy and listen to your concerns about your nose. This discussion will also include your aesthetic goals and whether or not they can be met with nose reshaping surgery or an alternative non-surgical procedure.
Your Rhinoplasty Procedure
While each nose surgery is as unique as the patient undergoing it, nose reshaping typically takes one to three hours to complete. It is performed using local anesthesia and intravenous sedation (where you are awake, but not totally aware) or general anesthesia. An overnight hospital stay is usually not necessary.
During your initial rhinoplasty consultation, Dr. Rivkin will discuss all the details of your proposed procedure. After a careful examination, he can present you with the best treatment for your individual concerns and requests.
There are two main types of incision placements for nose reshaping surgery – closed and open. During a closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are hidden within your nose. This means there are no external scars. Open rhinoplasty allows the surgeon to have a better view of underlying nose cartilage and bone, but there will be a tiny incision made across the vertical strip of tissue that separates your nostril (the columella).
The treatment plan that your surgeon recommends will be based on your anatomy, concerns and goals. Sometimes the surgery will involve filing down bone or cartilage to smooth a bump. If you are looking to reduce the size of your nostrils, your surgeon can remove small wedges of skin at the base of the nose. In other cases, your surgeon may need to physically break your nose to correct a particular anomaly.
After Nose Reshaping Surgery
Recovery from your rhinoplasty is based on the extent of the surgery and your personal resilience. Expect some swelling and bruising in the immediate post-op period. You may even have black eyes. Depending on the type of anesthesia and your reaction it, you may be nauseated and or vomit after the surgery. Try to remain patient during your recovery period. There will be swelling for some time. For these reasons, Dr. Rivkin suggests waiting at least one year before considering revision rhinoplasty.
Following your surgeon’s postoperative instructions carefully will help minimize any risks or complications, and maximize your satisfaction with the results of the procedure. If you’re looking to avoid nose job pain in LA, there is a nose job alternative procedure known as non surgical rhinoplasty.