Improving the size and shape of the nose with rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills can significantly enhance a person’s appearance. Aside from aesthetic benefits, rhinoplasty is also performed to correct birth defects or improve nasal function.
However, not all nasal surgery procedures are the same. To achieve the best results, you need to pick the ideal surgeon for the job. Dr. Tsai’s keen eye for detail, balance, and proportion is necessary for optimal facial harmony.
What Is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job,” is a very delicate procedure that can re-contour the shape and size of your nose, which can result in an improved overall facial appearance and proportion. Patients often complain of a nasal bump, dislike the size or shape, have asymmetry or a crooked nose, deviated septum, bulbous nasal tip, enlarged nostrils, and/or difficulty breathing. Other patients have undergone some trauma to the nose requiring reconstruction.
Rhinoplasty is one of the most complex cosmetic surgical procedures as every millimeter of alteration can have a strong effect. This is where the artistry of plastic surgery is extremely important; not only do we need to create an aesthetically pleasing nose, but also match and contour the nose to the rest of your face. The results can be very rewarding. After surgery, patients comment on the improved proportion and contour of the nose with the rest of the face, straightness with symmetry, and improved ability to breathe comfortably along with improved self-confidence.
The best candidate for a rhinoplasty surgery is in good overall health, a non-smoker, and has no underlying illnesses that could hinder healing. It is performed on patients aged 16 or above, when the nose has reached its adult size.
You may be recommended for a nose job if you have a hump on your nose, a crooked nasal bridge, or a bulbous nasal tip. It is important to have realistic goals when considering rhinoplasty.
Depending on the result you desire, the architecture of the underlying nasal structures can be altered. The vast majority of time, this procedure can be performed in a “closed” fashion with incisions located inside the nostrils, therefore hiding the scars. On very rare occasions, in difficult cases that require more manipulation of the nasal tissue, an “open” approach is performed in that there is an incision at the base of the nose, near the upper lip. This incision is also well hidden in the shadow of the nasal base. The septum is removed if it is deviated or creates difficulty breathing. Oftentimes, the nasal bones are also broken to narrow the bridge in order to create an improved contour with the rest of the face or to straighten a crooked nose. A splint is placed to protect and maintain the nasal bones in correct alignment until they heal.
During your consultation, Dr. Tsai will present you with all the possible options in detail and work with you to individualize treatment according to your specific goals and expectations to provide you with the best possible result. If you desire other areas of the face rejuvenated, this procedure is often combined with a Facelift, Browlift, or Neck lift (Platysmaplasty). There is also a non-invasive option for Skin treatments performed in the adjacent medical spa or at the same time as surgery.
The Rhinoplasty procedure typically takes 2-3 hours to complete. Surgery is performed under general anesthesia (fully asleep) in the adjacent surgicenter. Patients return home the same day as the procedure so transportation will need to be arranged. Your first checkup will be the following day in the clinic. Advice is given to sleep at an upright angle in bed for 48-72 hours to decrease swelling and bruising to the face. Ice packs are also recommended for the first 24 hours, on and off. There may be bruising to the face and eye region, but this is normal and will resolve over the next several days. The splint is removed one week after the procedure. Patients usually return to normal daily activities within a few days. Pain is tolerated with prescribed oral pain medication. Exercise is resumed approximately 4 weeks after the procedure.
As with many other delicate procedures, active smoking is a serious contraindication for a facelift. The nicotine creates spasms and constriction of the blood vessels, and after such a fragile surgery, could potentially lead to wound healing problems. However, if smoking and nicotine use is stopped 4 weeks before and continued for 4 weeks after surgery, then this procedure may be performed safely. Dr. Tsai will review your medical history and help optimize your health before surgery in order to perform the procedure in a safe manner so you obtain the results you desire and deserve.
What Is Recovery Like?
You may need several weeks to recover from your nose job surgery. Keep your head elevated for the first few days. You will wear a nasal splint for a week to maintain the shape of the nose while healing.
A degree of swelling, soreness, and pain may be experienced for several days. Over-the-counter medications can alleviate discomfort. Expect bruising around the eyes, which may last for a few weeks. You may be able to get back to work in two weeks.
How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?
The cost of Rhinoplasty varies, because it is a highly individualized surgery tailored for each patient. The overall price may include anesthesia, operating room facilities, and other related expenses. Additional tests and imaging may also add to your total. Contact us for additional information.
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Contact Dr. Tsai today to schedule a consultation for your Rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills. We will take the time to guide you through the entire process, ensuring results that fully satisfy your aesthetic needs. Contact us today!
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