How a Nose Job is Done
A nose job, which is technically called a rhinoplasty, is surgery on the nose to change its shape or improve its function. It can be done for medical reasons - such as to correct breathing problems related to the nose or correct disfigurement resulting from trauma or birth defects. It can also be done for cosmetic reasons, to change the nose's shape and appearance.
Deciding on a Nose Job
If you are thinking about getting a nose job, the first step is to set up an appointment with a surgeon such as Dr. Serota in Denver. During that meeting, you can talk about your goals and tell Dr. Serota what bothers you about your nose and how you would like to change it.
Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a perfect nose. Surgery, though, can enhance facial features and emphasize your unique and natural beauty. Dr. Serota can describe the facial features that make you unique and tell you how changes could enhance your appearance. Dr. Serota will evaluate the structures of your nose and other facial features and help decide the best choice for you.
Dr. Serota will also consider your overall health and will discuss with you the risks, recovery time and costs involved.
There are various techniques for reshaping the nose. Once you decide to go ahead, Dr. Serota will describe exactly what he proposes to do.
If you have health insurance, make sure you talk to your insurer in advance so you know what's covered and what you will need to pay for. Health insurance typically does not pay for procedures that are done only for cosmetic reasons.
Nose Job: Step-by-Step
A nose job is usually done as an outpatient procedure, meaning there is no overnight stay. You'll get general or local anesthesia. With general anesthesia, you'll sleep through the operation. With local anesthesia, you will be sedated and your nose will be numbed so you are relaxed and unable to feel the pain.
During the operation, Dr. Serota makes cuts within the nostrils. In more difficult cases, your doctor may also make cuts across the base of the nose. Then the surgeon will reshape the inner bone and cartilage to produce a more pleasing appearance.
After a nose job, people usually wear a nasal splint for the first week. You can expect swelling and some bruising around the eyes after surgery that will begin to improve after the third day. It can, though, last up to 2 weeks.
Expect your nose to have a little swelling. The final shape of your nose will be apparent after it has completely healed, which can take up to 6 months.
You should avoid strenuous activity for 3 to 6 weeks after surgery. You may return to normal social activities within 2 to 3 weeks without any recognizable signs that you had a procedure done.
If you are interested in more information about how a nose job is done, please contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule a consultation.