The nose is one of the first features others notice when they meet you. If you’re unhappy with the shape or size of your nose, a skilled plastic surgeon can perform modern rhinoplasty techniques to ensure your nose suits the rest of your face.
Rhinoplasty, commonly called a nose job, aims to change the shape or size of the nose. The procedure can address cosmetic and functional concerns, improving the nose’s appearance and breathing abilities. Rhinoplasty can modify any part of the nose, including the skin, cartilage and bone.
Taking a modern approach to rhinoplasty, plastic surgeon Brian Blumenauer, MD, collaborates with you to ensure your nose matches your unique facial structure and helps you achieve your aesthetic goals.
The decision to consider rhinoplasty is a personal one. Dr. Blumenauer may recommend rhinoplasty if you have any of the following:
- Crooked nose
- Bump on the nasal bridge
- Bulbous nasal tip
- Elongated nasal tip
- Wide nose
- Previous nose injury
A deviated septum can also cause functional and cosmetic irregularities. Repositioning the septum may improve breathing abilities and improve appearance.
How do I prepare for rhinoplasty?
Before rhinoplasty, Dr. Blumenauer works with you to create your ideal nose shape and size. He also gives you instructions to prepare for the procedure. In general, Dr. Blumenauer may ask you to take the following actions:
- Quit smoking.
- Adjust your medications.
- Stop taking certain supplements.
- Avoid taking anti-inflammatory pain relievers.
- Get lab work.
You may have additional preparatory steps depending on your medical history and aesthetic goals.
What happens during rhinoplasty?
After administering anesthesia, Dr. Blumenauer will perform your procedure in one of two ways: open rhinoplasty or closed rhinoplasty.
During open rhinoplasty, Dr. Blumenauer reshapes the nose through an incision in the columella — the tissue that divides the nostrils. Open rhinoplasty allows for unmatched control and precision to correct structural concerns.
Closed rhinoplasty involves making incisions inside the nose so there is no visible scarring. This technique is ideal for individuals with mild structural concerns.
What happens after rhinoplasty?
Dr. Blumenauer will provide detailed aftercare instructions to help you protect your nose after surgery. Swelling and bruising from rhinoplasty can take several weeks to subside. While initial improvements are visible after a few weeks, full results can take several months. Dr. Blumenauer encourages patients to wait at least one year after rhinoplasty for swelling to subside completely.