Nose surgery, Rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills & Los Angeles- Nose Job
A Unique Treatment Plan for Each Patient
Nose surgery, also referred to as Rhinoplasty, has become more common over recent years as trends for a refined distinctive shape of the nose and a silhouette that adds harmony to the face have become popular. And just as the nose surgery procedure has become more commonplace, so have the techniques available to perfect a nose shape. At Dr. Kapoor’s practice in Beverly Hills, California, nose shaping involves a unique treatment plan for each patient that is founded upon our extensive experience in nose surgery.
Interested in Nose Surgery?
Just as the nose is the lead to the introduction of the face, rhinoplasty is a leading procedure for those bothered by their nose. Both men and women seek out the procedure as early as 14 years of age. Nose surgery may be performed for one of several reasons, including:
- Nose is too large or too small in relation to the face.
- Nose bridge is too wide or narrow
- Nose profile appears deformed with bumps or depressions
- Nose tip may appear too large, too small, turn upward, or droops
- Nostrils may be wide or turn upward
- Deviated septum whereby the cartilage inside the nose has a bulbous or enlarge appearance.
Nose Surgery should be performed once the nose has fully developed, usually by 15 years of age. There are several factors that apply to the decision for rhinoplasty surgery, all of which will be reviewed at the time of an initial consultation, including:
- Patient medical history, including medical conditions involving the nose and current sate of health
- Patient goals for aesthetic and functional improvement, including any desire to alter genetic and ethnic features of the nose
- Patient age
- Degree of width in the nose that needs to be reduced or enlarged
- Amount of available cartilage in the nose to utilize for grafting, if necessary
- Nose shape
- Other unique features of the nose
- Positioning of the nose in relation to the forehead, cheekbones, lips and chin
- Quality of function in the nose such as deviated septums that may cause breathing problems
- Review any possible applicable alternatives such as injectibles which can provide temporary improvements to select nose surgery candidates
- Medical necessity should the nose surgery be requested for functional reasons Insurance may absorb all or a portion of the costs in the case of medical necessity
- Decision about the approach to the nose surgery procedure
Nose Surgery: The Procedure
Nose surgery is often performed under general anesthesia and may be performed by an injection of a local anesthetic to the surgical site and sedation to fully relax the patient. The procedure may be performed at our plastic surgery surgical or an affiliated hospital. The procedure requires one or more hours, depending upon the functional and anesthetic needs of the patient and the approach selected for the nose surgery. Nose surgery involves both sides of the nose to create symmetry between both sides of the nose. The procedure may be performed in conjunction with facial plastic surgery procedures or body contouring plastic surgery procedure.
There are primarily two types of approaches to nose surgery: open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty.
Open rhinoplasty involves a tiny incision located between the nostrils. The closed rhinoplasty uses tiny incisions that are made inside the tip of the nose. The incisions are made to provide access to cartilage and bone so that cartilage and/or bone can be reshaped to meet aesthetic and functional specifications. The nose may then be packed with gauze. A splint may be used to hold the nose in its proper position. After nose surgery, incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures for the closed rhinoplasty and removable sutures for the open rhinoplasty. Nose surgery patients usually return home comfortably within two to four hours of surgery.
Nose Surgery Recovery
Nose surgery patients usually do not feel much discomfort after the procedure. Pain medication may be used when necessary. Patients who undergo the open rhinoplasty procedure will have the sutures removed within a few days following nose surgery. The gauze packing will be removed several days after surgery. The time required for a splint depends on the extent of the procedure. Patients usually return to work within five to ten days of the procedure. For the first few days after surgery, you will be directed to follow post operative instructions which may include, but not be limited to:
- Keep the head in an elevated position
- Refrain from activities that put pressure on the nose such as bending over and exercise
- Change gauze packing regularly
- Soak other gauze pads in ice chips and apply soaked gauze pads regularly to the nose or use a cold compress
- Do not go in the sun, use SPF 15 sunscreen thereafter
Nose surgery is not usually associated with complications at our practice. Though, complications may occur with any medical procedure. Nose surgery complications include, temporary or permanent numbness in select areas, infection, and excessive scarring. It is important to report complications to our practice should they arise so they can be treated. Revision rhinoplasty can be performed to touch up results when necessary.
The beauty of nose surgery is that it is life enhancing in many ways for many. When you come in for an initial consultation at our office, you will have the opportunity to view before and after photographs of nose surgery patients with common features to yours. These photos will help set reasonable expectations for your procedure through a most highly skilled and technique driven board certified plastic surgeon that focuses on nose surgery.