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Rhinoplasty, or a nose job, treats many nose-related problems

March 27, 2014, 7:41 am

Even if you have the most amazing, sparkling eyes or the friendliest, most engaging smile, your nose is always front and center — the natural focal point of the face. What are you to do if that focal point isn’t your favorite feature? Perhaps you had the misfortune of inheriting Uncle Albert’s oversized nose, or maybe you had an unfortunate accident leaving your nose altered, or you’ve never quite been able to breathe easily through your nose. Whatever the reason for your dissatisfaction with your nose, rhinoplasty, or a nose job, might be the solution.

What does rhinoplasty treat?

A nose job can treat a number of problems, both of an aesthetic or medical nature. Some of the most common issues correct through rhinoplasty are:

  • Resizing the nose to bring it into proportion with the rest of the facial features
  • Revising the width of the bridge
  • Reshaping the tip of the nose
  • Fixing the profile to correct visible bumps or depressions
  • Correcting asymmetry or deviation
  • Breathing difficulties due to poor nasal structure

Am I good candidate for rhinoplasty?

The ideal candidate for rhinoplasty is a non-smoker who is physically fit, and has a realistic understanding of what a nose job can and cannot correct. The best way to be sure if rhinoplasty is right for you is to have a consultation with Dr. Hlavacek at Kansas City Surgical Arts. Dr. Hlavacek will listen to your concerns and goals and examine your nose and facial features in order to offer you the best possible advice for your nose. This process may include going over your medical history, taking pictures of your nose and face, and examining before and after photos of those who have undergone rhinoplasty.

What happens during and after surgery?

The exact approach for your nose surgery will depend on your goals and the results of your consultation with Dr. Hlavacek. Dr. Hlavacek will discuss the approach to your surgery, including incision placement, risks, and more during your consultation.

During recovery, you will likely have a splint or bandages placed over your nose, and may also have packing or internal drainage tubes to aid in the healing process. After surgery, it is normal to experience swelling, bruising, and some pain. Typically these will start to diminish in the first few weeks, but it may take several months for selling to fully resolve. Most patients see ideal results approximately a year after surgery. You will be given specific instructions for your recovery period. Following these instructions closely will increase the speed of your recovery while reducing post-surgical complications.

What are the risks of rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure, and as a result does have associated risks. Dr. Hlavacek will discuss the risks of rhinoplasty during your consultation. Rhinoplasty is a common procedure and as a result extremely safe; however, the risks do include:

  • Ruptured blood vessels, bleeding, or infection
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Asymmetry or need for revision surgery
  • Excess scarring
  • Changes to the nasal airway interfering with normal breathing
  • Perforation of the septum
  • Persistent pain

If you have been considering nose surgery, or would like to find out if rhinoplasty is a good option for you, call Kansas City Surgical Arts today at 816-286-4126 today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to supporting you through this journey.