Rhinoplasty, or more informally known as a “nose job,” is one of the most common procedures performed here at The SHAW Center. This surgery can be an ideal option for those hoping to correct the size of their nose, eliminate a bump, change the shape of the tip or bridge or narrow or widen the nostrils. Whether you have been unhappy with the appearance of your nose you entire life or endured a recent injury resulting in the aesthetic of your nose, rhinoplasty can help both the appearance of the nose, as well as improve one’s breathing.
The Best Candidates
A good candidate for this procedure is one who has realistic expectations about the outcome of this particular surgery. A nose job should never be sought after in order to make someone else happy or to conform to an ideal. It’s a very personal procedure and should be pursued to achieve changes that appeal to only you.
It’s recommended that the patient be over the age of 15 since it is important that the patient’s face is no longer growing or maturing when the surgery is performed. Those who wish to pursue rhinoplasty should be non-smokers and in overall good health.
The Actual Procedure
This procedure can be done in either an open or closed approach. The decision is contingent upon what Dr. Shaw feels is the best approach based on your consultation. The goal is to personalize the procedure to the patient in order to ensure the best results are achieved.
In a closed approach there are no external incisions, and instead they are made within the nose, which helps in avoiding external scarring. Many are eligible for this style and it is recommended for those seeking help with minor breathing difficulties.
The open approach is performed when Dr. Shaw feels that the patient requires extensive alterations to the tip of the nose, needs detailed work within the dorsum or has severe breathing issues. This technique requires a small incision across the bridge of tissue between the nostrils very carefully.
Recovering From Rhinoplasty
Typically the recovery process is extremely manageable. You can expect to wear a splint and bandages for about a week after the procedure, and your face will feel swollen and the area around your eyes and nose will be bruised for several days. We recommend using a cold compress to minimize swelling and reduce pain. It’s also best to keep your head elevated and relatively still the first few days post surgery. This is your time to relax, recover and heal because after this down time you will feel especially motivated to get out and conquer the world!
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