When people think of nasal or “nose job” surgery, the term “rhinoplasty” may not be what comes to mind. However, this is actually the technical term for surgery of this kind. The surgical procedure is typically done to change the shape of the nose, improve the function of the nose, or both. For example, if a person suffers from difficulty breathing through the nose, rhinoplasty surgery may be needed to alter the structure and support of the nose to help them breathe better. Alternatively, the cosmetic procedure may make sense if someone dislikes the size or shape of their nose and wishes to improve its appearance.
Deciding to Get a Nose Job
There is no perfect nose. While the shape, size, and structure of one person’s nose may be ideal for them, the same nose may be altogether inappropriate for another. If you are considering having nose surgery for any reason, we recommend you first schedule an appointment with Dr. Stallworth, a surgeon board-certified in both otolaryngology (ENT) and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Stallworth will listen to your wants and expectations while simultaneously offering suggestions where enhancements or changes may improve your unique features. Dr. Stallworth strives for natural, non-operated results that are tailor made for each person.
What to Expect from a Consultation
There are many keys to a successful surgical outcome, and they all start with the relationship built between surgeon and patient. During your consultation, Dr. Stallworth will work to understand your motivations for nasal surgery and help highlight your surgical goals. Dr. Stallworth will also perform a complete nasal, face, and neck exam, evaluating the structure and function of your nose in the setting of your other facial features. He will then help explain realistic expectations, the risks and benefits of the procedure, and carefully convey the surgical plan and techniques needed to achieve your functional and aesthetic goals.
After nasal surgery, you can expect some time for recovery. It is common to wear a nasal splint for one week following surgery. During this time, Dr. Stallworth will emphasize a balanced and well hydrated diet, rest, reduced physical activity, and avoidance of blood thinning medications. There will be varying degrees of swelling depending on the procedure performed, and there is occasionally some bruising around the eyes. There is also typical nasal congestion that is worse in the first few days after the procedure.
At one week, the external and/or internal nasal splints are removed. Your breathing will then improve, and you will begin to realize the new shape and structure of your nose. You may then begin your return to normal activities including school, work, and exercise. Extended periods of external nasal swelling must be expected, though, anticipating 2-3 months of time for approximately 70-80% of nasal swelling to decrease. The additional 20-30% of swelling may take up to one year for complete resolution.
Request a Consultation
If you are interested in undergoing nasal surgery, we encourage you to contact Dr. Stallworth to see if rhinoplasty is right for you.