Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure to enhance or re-shape the nose.  As the focal point of the face, the nose is a primary feature and its size and shape can have a dramatic impact on our appearance. To put it simply, noses are noticeable.

Rhinoplasty is performed to address common aesthetic concerns, such as to reduce the size or width of a nose, correct a bump on the bridge of the nose, and reform a crooked or elongated nose tip. Rhinoplasty can also be done to help improve nasal breathing  In some cases, rhinoplasty is done for both medical and cosmetic reasons.

If you feel self-conscious about the way your nose looks, a nose job may be the solution to improve your confidence and appearance.  If you have trouble breathing through your nose, it may also be a good option.

Here are some facts about rhinoplasty that may surprise you:

It’s extremely common

Rhinoplasty continues to rank as one of the top 5 most popular cosmetic surgical procedures. Stats reveal over 213,000 people underwent a nose reshaping surgery in 2018 alone, according to the latest report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

It can be cosmetic and functional 

Many people tend to think of nose surgery as primarily an aesthetic procedure to improve the appearance, but it is also often a corrective procedure that can help breathing issues and other health concerns that may stem from structural irregularities or injury. In some cases, rhinoplasty can be performed for both reasons—to enhance the appearance of the nose and improve breathing difficulties and functional problems.

Surgery is quick

Although it may vary in individual cases, a typical rhinoplasty surgery only takes around 2-3 hours and is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The complexity of the surgery depends on your individual situation.

The pain isn’t too bad 

Naturally, many patients worry about the amount of pain the surgery entails—but the pain is actually relatively mild and there is much less discomfort involved with the advanced techniques used today.

Recovery isn’t long and arduous 

The recovery period is generally considered mild to moderate. Patients may be required to wear a protective splint for several days post-op to promote proper healing. Most patients take about 1 week off from work and are able to resume normal activities after 2 weeks, although strenuous activity should be avoided for a few weeks. Patients may also experience some degree of minor swelling and bruising in the weeks following surgery that will gradually subside.

Rhinoplasty is an art

Before surgery, your physician will perform a detailed analysis of your nose and facial anatomy and create a treatment plan to best address your aesthetic concerns. The new nose is informed by your unique facial structure and is designed to complement and enhance your own natural beauty. Adjustments to the nose shape or size are precisely calculated to create better proportion and symmetry with the rest of your features and bring overall balance and harmony to your face.

Are you considering rhinoplasty and want to learn more? Call Dr. Reilly’s office today to schedule your personal consultation.

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