Commonly referred to as a “nose job”, a rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to improve the cosmetic appearance of one’s nose. The size and shape of the nose are very important to the overall balance of your facial features. A large or wide nose may take attention away from the beauty of your eyes, fabulous bone structure or well-defined lips. It may simply be your profile or a drooping tip, when you smile, that has you shying away from photos and social interaction. Even small changes in the aesthetics of the nose can make very large improvements to your overall symmetry and bring all your features into harmony.
A well-performed rhinoplasty not only enhances your face, but also improves your self-confidence, self-image and sometimes even personality. You will live your best life, your most fulfilling life, when you are no longer held back by insecurities.
If you are considering having a rhinoplasty, you want a surgeon who specializes in this procedure.
Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia.
If you are unhappy with the overall appearance of your nose, or have difficulty breathing, then a Rhinoplasty may be the right procedure for you. Rhinoplasty is performed on a wide age range of people, usually those who have healthy facial tissue and muscles and have realistic goals for improvement of their nose. As with any cosmetic procedure, you should decide to do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.
During your Rhinoplasty consultation, Dr. Vartany will use the photo taken during your visit to digitally alter your appearance. This is a very fun and exciting part of the consultation process as you are able to see, immediately, how you will look with your new nose! Dr. Vartany will offer his expert advice, based on your facial structure and desired result. He will explain the details of your surgery, including the risks involved, and discuss your options. As an added bonus, Dr. Vartany will email the digitally created “before and after” photos to you. This will afford you the extra time to review your anticipated results and share your excitement with your family and friends.
At your personalized consultation, Dr. Vartany will take a photo of your nose and, with the aid of computer imaging, show what changes are expected from the Rhinoplasty surgery. This will allow both you and Dr. Vartany to determine what realistic results you can anticipate from your procedure. Although the computer imaging results cannot be guaranteed, they are usually a very accurate depiction of your surgical outcome.
Your incisions will depend on whether you are receiving a “closed” or “open” Rhinoplasty and whether or not you are electing to alter your alar wedges (nostrils). At your complimentary cosmetic consultation, Dr. Vartany will determine what method will achieve the most aesthetically pleasing outcome for your particular needs and desired results.
“Open” Rhinoplasty is done through an external incision on the columella, the middle of the nose immediately about the lip. This results in a small external scar that will eventually heal after surgery to be nearly unnoticeable. “Closed” Rhinoplasty is done entirely through internal incisions so there is no visible scar from the surgery. Dr. Vartany performs most of his rhinoplasties with the closed method.
Eating fresh pineapple may help to reduce pain and swelling associated with your surgery. Avoid pineapple if you have an allergy to pineapple or cardiac arrhythmia.
Bruising and swelling are nearly unavoidable after a surgical procedure; however, Dr. Vartany uses very delicate techniques during the procedure to help minimize the bruising and swelling after the surgery.
Using your previously prepared cold compresses during the first 48-72 hours will help to alleviate bruising and swelling.
There is usually very little pain after a Rhinoplasty; however there is usually some discomfort from stuffiness and pressure sensation of the nose. You will have a splint, or cast, over your nose that is removed in our office one week after your procedure during your first post-operative appointment. Dr. Vartany does not use nasal packing, so you will be able to breathe through your nose immediately after the surgery to a certain extent.
Although your cast will only be on for 6-8 days, you will need to allow for about 10 days off from work or school for this procedure.
When the splint is removed from the nose, 6-8 days after surgery, the nose will be very swollen and people often feel that their noses are wider than before the surgery. This excessive swelling reduces over the first three weeks after surgery and the remaining swelling, especially of the tip, takes at least a year to completely resolve.
The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely personal. You will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications of Rhinoplasty are acceptable. Dr. Vartany will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks or potential complications.