The shape of your nose can easily dictate the overall appearance of your face. From issues relating to self-confidence to breathing complications, a rhinoplasty can change the shape and function of your nose. Located in Montclair, NJ, New Jersey Plastic Surgery® performs rhinoplasty procedures for the residents in and around Bloomfield, Essex County, Morristown and the surrounding communities, using a state of the art Vectra® 3D imaging system.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that reshapes, reduces or aligns a person’s nose, to better suit their facial structure. It can bring a patient’s appearance into proportion, as well as resolve breathing issues. This procedure is a common tool when addressing birth defects or facial injuries that involve a broken nose.
Using Vectra® 3D imaging, New Jersey Plastic Surgery® can diagnose and deliver the perfect nose for your face, thereby boosting your self-confidence. Rhinoplasty can reshape your facial characteristics to better reflect your preferred image and correct any breathing problems you may be experiencing.
The Best Candidates for Rhinoplasty
The best candidates for rhinoplasty are patients that are at least 13 years old and have finished their growth spurt. It is important for individuals considering rhinoplasty to have realistic expectations regarding the outcome. While their self-confidence may be elevated by this procedure, their lives will not be significantly altered by rhinoplasty.
It is preferred that patients undergoing rhinoplasty do not smoke and that teens undergoing the procedure are prepared for possible reactions from their peers. Rhinoplasty may prove to require a more pronounced emotional process for a teenager than for an adult, so it is important that the patient has an overall healthy outlook.
Planning Your Rhinoplasty
Patients considering rhinoplasty will first meet with their surgeon during a one-on-one consultation. This visit is imperative to determine your expectations and desires for this procedure. Your surgeon will analyze the structure of your face and discuss with you possible choices based on your individual characteristics. Each patient possesses different cartilage, skin thickness and nose structure, making it vital that your surgeon caters your procedure to you individually.
Vectra® 3D Imaging System
Vectra® 3D imaging may be used to help you plan for your procedure. This will involve a three-dimensional photograph taken of your face prior to the surgery. Using imaging software tools provided by the Vectra® 3D imaging system, a digital replication of the expected results will be provided. This process is helpful in shaping your personal goals, making sure that the possibilities of the rhinoplasty procedure match your expectations.
During your consultation, specific techniques regarding your surgery will also be discussed, along with any questions or concerns you might have. It is important that you be honest about your expectations and forthright with your personal medical history, along with any allergies, breathing issues or habits such as smoking.
Preparing For Your Rhinoplasty
You will be provided with specific guidelines to follow in the weeks leading up to your surgery, including the day of your procedure. If you smoke, it is recommended that you stop doing so for several weeks before your rhinoplasty. You may also be asked to stop taking certain medications and/or vitamins.
The procedure will require the use of local or general anesthesia and as a result, you will not be able to drive after your surgery. Your surgeon will ask that you arrange for someone to drive you home and care for you after your rhinoplasty.
Types of Anesthesia
Your surgeon will discuss the options for anesthesia with you during your consultation. If a local anesthesia is used, your face and nose will be numbed for the procedure, but you will remain awake and relaxed during your surgery. A general anesthesia may also be available, in which case you will be asleep throughout the procedure.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
Your surgeon will use one of two techniques for your procedure, which will last one to two hours.
In a closed rhinoplasty, incisions will be made inside your nostrils, after which your surgeon will gently lift the soft tissues covering the nose. Alternatively, an open rhinoplasty may be performed, where an incision will be made across the columella, which is the tissue between the nostrils.
After lifting the soft tissue, your surgeon will sculpt the bone and cartilage of your nose to achieve the desired shape. If additional cartilage is needed to augment the nose, it may be taken from the septum.
In the case of a deviated septum, your surgeon will adjust the septum and your nose’s inner structures in order to improve your breathing. After reshaping your nose, the soft tissue will be re-draped and stitched closed.
How Much Does a Rhinoplasty Cost?
In most cases, a rhinoplasty is considered to be elective, so most insurance providers won’t cover the costs. However, in some cases involving sinus issues and a deviated septum, insurance coverage may be an option. To help make rhinoplasty affordable and accessible for everyone, New Jersey Plastic Surgery® offers financing options. For your convenience, we accept cash, check, Visa®, Master®Card, American Express® and Discover®. Financing options via CareCredit® and AlphaeonTM is also available.
After Your Rhinoplasty
Immediately after your rhinoplasty, you may feel some discomfort or aching in the nose, face and head. It is completely normal for your face and eyes to be puffy and/or swollen. You will be prescribed medication to offset any discomfort, and it is important that you stay in bed with your head elevated for the first 24 hours.
You may experience some bleeding after the surgery, as well as a stuffy nose. It is recommended that you avoid blowing your nose for a full week after your rhinoplasty. It will be helpful to use cold packs to reduce the swelling around your face though swelling and bruising will occur regardless. After a few days, your surgeon will remove your bandages, splints and stitches.
Getting Back to Normal After Your Rhinoplasty
You can expect to return to normal life a few weeks after your surgery though you may be able to return to work or school after just a few days. It is important that you avoid strenuous activity and take it easy for several weeks after your procedure. You will need to avoid wearing glasses or makeup following your rhinoplasty and stay out of the sun.
Rhinoplasty can help you gain a more proportional, flattering shape to your face. If you live in or around Bloomfield, Essex County or Morristown and are looking to undergo a rhinoplasty, contact New Jersey Plastic Surgery® in Montclair, NJ, today to set up an appointment.