Some of us have always hated our nose, some of us grow to like it better as our face matures, and some of us hate our nose more and more as we get older. The nose is such a prominent feature; if you’re unhappy with yours, it can really affect how you feel about your looks.
Rhinoplasty is plastic surgery of the nose, designed to reshape and reconstruct it because of congenital issues, respiratory concerns, or traumatic damage, or, of course, for cosmetic concerns. People have nose jobs for several reasons, as they can improve the appearance as well as the function of your nose. In the procedure, the surgeon precisely removes excess bone and cartilage, sculpting the nose to reshape it, to make it more attractive, to repair defects from an injury, or to correct an internal deformity that blocks normal breathing or causes headaches and repeated sinus infections.
Just as people differ, so too is every nose different: it may too long, too wide, humped, or even crooked. At CEENTA, the doctors are experts in both the appearance and functionality of your nose, and the alterations they recommend will depend on your sex, age, skin thickness, and complexion. Their goal is to create a natural look that doesn’t have that “nose job” appearance.
Yes, Your Nose Can Change Size & Appearance as You Age.
I mean of course, right? Just one more thing. You may or may not have noticed it, but as you get older, every part of your nose grows, including the width of your nostrils and the overall surface area. Also, the angle of the tip of your nose decreases because your nose starts to droop as your skin loses firmness and elasticity as you age. On top of that, in some people the glands in their skin may enlarge, which makes the nose both wider and heavier.
Not only does the shape change affect the look of the nose, but in some cases it can affect how you breathe. So, it’s not all in your head! If you have concerns (for you or your partner :), make an appointment with the specialists at CEENTA today to explore reasons and options.
The Nose Surgery Procedure
You can expect the operation to last 1½ to 2½ hours. Following your surgery, you will have a splint over your nose and a small amount of soft gauze into each nostril to support the new nasal contour. Because they do not use standard “packing”, much of the swelling, discoloration, and pain is reduced, making the recovery period more pleasant. For the first day, you will need to apply cold compresses to your nose and keep your head elevated in an upright position.
Typically, you should not expect a lot of pain during the healing period. You will experience the most swelling and bruising in the first 48-72 hours of your nose job recovery, but the bruising typically resolves ten days to two weeks after your operation. Most of the swelling will be gone in three weeks, as will the stuffy feeling you will likely have in your nose.
In general, you should expect to have no scars on the outside of your nose. Sometimes, when performing a major correction or in a case of significant deviation secondary to injury, a small incision is placed under the tip of the nose to provide better visualization. Also, when narrowing of the nostrils is desired, incisions are made in the crease between the nostrils and the cheek, resulting in small scars that heal rapidly and become inconspicuous within a short time.
You may be able to return to work or school after one week, but you won’t be able to exercise or exert yourself for two weeks.
What About Glasses & Contacts after a Nose Job?
Planning ahead will be key for you if you wear glasses, as it is strongly recommended that you not wear glasses or sunglasses for the first six weeks after your surgery. You do not want your glasses to put any excess pressure on your healing nose and cause pain or even a shift in your healing nasal bones. You will also need to try to avoid wearing contact lenses for the first week, as swelling around the eyes may prevent comfortable placement and removal of the lenses. You and your doctor can discuss your options and their recommendations during your consultation.
Hate Your Nose? Consult with a Specialist About Your Options
Rhinoplasty is a very common plastic surgery, and CEENTA has doctors specially trained in both functional and cosmetic facial plastic surgery. They know how to achieve the aesthetic look you want without harming your nose’s functionality. While both the procedure and the recovery are a bit more than the “eye jobs” we covered a few weeks ago, it is still a surgery worth considering if you are having functional or cosmetic concerns. If you think a nose job may be right for you, request an appointment at CEENTA today.