A rhinoplasty, commonly called a nose job, is a surgical procedure that changes the shape and, often, the size of your nose. If your nose has a prominent bump, crooked bridge, or wide tip, or it seems too big (or even too small) in relation to the rest of your facial features, surgical rhinoplasty could be your best option to correct it. It’s sometimes combined (and often confused) with a septoplasty—the surgical correction of a deviated septum, a condition where the wall between your nasal passages is crooked. A septoplasty is performed to improve breathing, while a rhinoplasty is usually performed for cosmetic enhancement. Both procedures can be performed simultaneously under one anesthetic, with one recovery period.
You are a good candidate for rhinoplasty if you are in good general health. You have been bothered by the appearance of your nose for some time (years). You are generally happy with yourself but just don't like your nose. You are doing the procedure for yourself, not because of outside pressure from friends or family. You expect significant improvement but not perfection.
Doctors have recently developed a non-surgical nose job, using dermal fillers to enhance the shape of the nose in one 15-minute treatment. By injecting fillers, such as Radiesse® or Restylane®, the doctor can correct minor asymmetry and make other changes. However, if you are looking for more dramatic results, or if you require reduction rhinoplasty, surgery is the only option. Additionally, a non-surgical nose job cannot treat a deviated septum or other breathing issues. While nasal strips can enhance your breathing, surgery is the only way to permanently treat these conditions.
Case 40: Excessive nasal width can cause the nose to dominate other fine, delicate facial features. In Ethnic Rhinoplasty, the key to obtaining a more refined nose is to create a nasal framework upon which the thick skin will wrap around. This pretty young Persian woman wanted to reduce her nasal width, the fullness in her tip, and the sense that her tip was downturned. These six month photos show significant improvements in achieving these goals and her nose will only get better yet.
To apply for insurance coverage for a functional rhinoplasty, your surgeon can perform one of several tests. A CT scan shows irregularities within the nose that are not visible to the naked eye. An acoustic rhinometry is a test that maps the inside of a patient's nose. A rhinomanometry tests the level of airflow within the nostrils. In some cases, insurance companies require that patients show that they have attempted to treat nasal obstruction with other treatments. These may include antihistamines, allergy desensitizing injections, and steroid spray.
Case 87: This young woman had broken her nose and was noticeably crooked with poor nasal breathing. In addition, she disliked her nasal hump and length. She preferred an aesthetic with a slight supra tip break to soften her profile. Beyond straightening and improving her breathing, you can see how we were able to remove the nasal hump and lift her tip to transform her look while still looking completely natural.
Case 37: Achieving a beautiful, natural change in an already beautiful woman is one of the great challenges we love in rhinoplasty. In front view you see a beautifully defined, natural change that simply looks great. Then on profile and 3/4 views, you see an elegant change where the tip is deprojected (made smaller) but retains a beautiful, natural aesthetic- this is finesse rhinoplasty.
The minimum age for rhinoplasty depends on both physical and emotional maturity. It's important to wait until your facial growth is complete, which is approximately at age 14 or 15 for women and in the late teens for men. There is no upper age limit for rhinoplasty, as long as you are in good general health. Many women and men come to Dr. Rival for nose surgery in their 40s and 50s.