The nose is one of the most prominent features of the face, and many people feel like the shape or size of their nose affects their confidence in their appearance. Rhinoplasty is the only permanent way to transform your nose and create a new, lasting image that restores your confidence. We’re proud to offer this procedure at Tate Medispa in Lebanon, TN.
What Is a Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, commonly called a “nose job,” is a specialized cosmetic surgery designed to reshape or resize the nose. It is often employed to address structural issues, such as a noticeable bump, a hooked nose, or a past injury. However, it can also be used to address functional issues, such as blocked airflow caused by a deviated septum, or cosmetic issues, which are often related to the shape or size of the natural nose.
This relatively short surgical procedure is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. It is able to correct a host of concerns and involves a manageable recovery time. Results are completely permanent, and most patients report a significant boost in their satisfaction with their overall appearance once they see their new nose.
How Does It Work?
The nose, which is made up of bone and cartilage, comes in all shapes and sizes. The appearance of the nose can be affected by previous surgeries, injuries, illnesses, aging, and other factors. Many people are unhappy with the appearance of their nose and want to correct its shape or reduce its size to achieve their ideal image. A rhinoplasty allows one of our talented doctors to expertly reshape the nose, which may involve shaving the bone or removing some of the cartilage. This creates a result that can be both more functional and more aesthetically pleasing.
What Is the Best Age to Pursue Surgery?
If you’re considering this surgery, there’s good news: once your nose is finished growing and has reached its adult size, you could be a candidate for this procedure. For most people, their nose stops developing between 17-19 years old. At this point, one of our doctors can do a physical exam and take x-rays to confirm that your nose has stopped growing. After this examination, you can have a consultation with our doctors to determine your candidacy for surgery and decide the best time to schedule this procedure.
Which Concerns Can This Procedure Address?
Whether your concerns are small or large, a rhinoplasty can help correct common structural, functional, and cosmetic features of your nose to help you achieve your ideal image. Here are some of the most common concerns we can address with this surgery:
An oversized or undersized nose can make you feel like your face is unbalanced. This is often most noticeable when you view your face in profile. Many patients seek this surgery to create a more symmetrical, balanced appearance and address self-esteem issues related to their nose size.
There are many different nose shapes, which can all be enhanced or improved with this surgery. Some people simply wish to see their nose shape perfected and are generally happy with the overall appearance. Other people want a slightly different shape or want to remove certain features of their noses, such as a bump along the bridge of the nose or a hook at the end between the nostrils. Finally, some people want to address parts of their nose that may be uneven.
If you sustained a previous injury to your nose, you might see a difference in appearance once your nose heals. Many times, a broken nose heals slightly bent in one direction, which is most noticeable from the front. You may also notice the formation of a slight bump or curve in the nose, which can be seen from the side. This surgery can help correct the results of a previous injury and help restore your former image.
The septum, which is the wall dividing the two nostrils, is composed of cartilage and thin bone. Many people have a deviated septum, which separates the nasal cavity into unequal halves. This can cause significant breathing issues, including difficulty taking a breath through the nose and audible breathing caused by restricted airflow. Surgery can help shift the septum back towards the true midline of the nose, resulting in better breathing and a more symmetrical appearance.
Some birth defects can affect the appearance of the nose. These conditions can be significantly improved or completely corrected with rhinoplasty. The goal of surgery is always to create a natural appearance that fits your unique face and desired results. One of our doctors will work with you to determine whether a birth defect can be treated with this procedure.
As we age, our nose can look larger and begin to sink towards the upper lip. This is often caused by a loss of structural support in the cartilage. A rhinoplasty can help reinforce cartilage, lift and define the nose, and correct issues of size and shape in one surgery.
What Are the Different Types of Surgery?
Depending on the extent of the changes you will make to your nose, your doctor will recommend one of the following procedures:
This option is usually reserved for the most intensive nose transformations. Incisions are made vertically in the skin between the nostrils. This allows our doctor to lift the skin away from the rest of the nose and make any necessary changes to the structure of the bone and nasal passages. After this, they can return the skin to its original position and make any necessary changes to the exterior of the nose.
This procedure is appropriate for most minor changes to the nose. Our doctor can make an incision inside the nose and separate the skin from the underlying bone or cartilage. This allows them to reshape, remove, or enhance these structures as needed, creating your new nose shape with a minimally invasive technique.
This procedure can be used to correct issues that may arise after a former nose procedure. These issues can arise naturally or can be the result of poor technique by the doctor performing surgery. We’re able to use the most effective surgical technique to access the main issue and work to restore the natural, symmetrical shape of your nose.
This option is perfect for patients who wish to enhance their nose or add fillers to certain areas of concern, such as angled or sunken regions of the nose. Our skilled doctors can use fillers to avoid more invasive surgical tactics. For example, instead of shaving the bone or removing cartilage, our doctor can inject a filler to even out a noticeable bump on the bridge of the nose or smooth the sharp angle of a hooked nose. This is the only treatment option that offers only semi-permanent results and zero downtime. However, fillers can be restored regularly to maintain your ideal image without surgery.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
If you’re a man or woman who wishes to correct areas of concern related to your nose, you may be an ideal candidate for this procedure. Your nose should be fully matured, and you should have realistic expectations about the results of surgery, which our doctors can explain in more detail during an initial consultation. When evaluating your candidacy, there are a few important points to consider.
You may not be an ideal candidate if you have certain medical conditions that could interact negatively with surgery. Your doctor will review your medical history and ask you any related questions during an initial consultation before you’re approved for surgery.
Some medications can interact negatively with this surgery. Your doctor will ask you to stop taking these medications, including anti-inflammatory drugs, some vitamins and minerals, and some herbal supplements, before surgery to reduce your risk of bleeding and bruising. If you are unable to stop taking certain medications, you may not be an ideal candidate for this procedure.
If you are a regular smoker, one of our doctors will ask you to quit for a certain period of time before and after your surgery to minimize the risks associated with this procedure. Nicotine can cause decreased effectiveness in blood circulation, which can lead to severe complications during your healing process. You should strongly consider quitting smoking permanently for your health. If you have any questions or need resources to help you quit, we’re happy to discuss this during an initial consultation.
Like any other major surgery, this procedure involves recovery time. If your lifestyle does not allow you to take time off from work or your normal responsibilities to recover, a surgical procedure may not be ideal for you at this time. Your doctor may recommend an augmented treatment with fillers, which involves zero downtime.
What Should I Expect?
Before you’re approved for surgery, you’ll sit down with one of our doctors, who will review your medical history and examine your nose. Once they have examined your nose and asked you about your ideal image, your doctor will be able to recommend the best procedure to deliver optimal results. In addition, they may recommend additional treatments, such as dermal fillers, chin augmentation, or anti-aging treatments, to address additional concerns and create overall facial symmetry. Once you are approved for surgery, you can begin looking forward to your next appointment!
On the day of your surgery, you should bring a family member or friend to drive you home after your procedure is complete. Your doctor will be available to answer any questions before preparing to begin the procedure. If you are having an augmented treatment with fillers, you will not need any anesthesia, and your appointment could take just 15 minutes. For all surgical procedures, you will be given general anesthesia and remain asleep for the entire surgery.
Once you are asleep, your doctor will make the predetermined incision and begin reshaping your nose. This may include shaving the bone, removing cartilage, centering the septum, or redistributing cartilage that has shifted due to aging. They will close the incision with stitches and cover the area with a protective dressing. You will be closely monitored as you wake up and, once you are released, you can return home to recover.
For the first 24-48 hours, your nose may feel swollen. This is normal, and your doctor will give you mild pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort. Your breathing will likely feel different for the first few days, especially if your doctor corrected a deviated septum. Most patients can return to work one to two weeks after their surgery.
Your final results can develop over the first year, although most swelling should be gone entirely one month after surgery. Depending on the type of surgery you had, your nose should appear more symmetrical and have a shape and size that matches your ideal image. Functional and structural issues should be resolved, and you should look and feel more like yourself, thanks to your new nose.
Contact Us to Learn More!
If you’re ready to learn more about rhinoplasty, contact the experts at Tate Medispa in Lebanon, TN to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to serving you!