Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, is a surgical procedure that aims to reshape and enhance the appearance of the nose. If you’re considering rhinoplasty, you probably have a multitude of questions regarding the procedure, its benefits, risks, recovery and more. In this blog post, Dr. Tepper will provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by patients about rhinoplasty.
- Are you an ABPS-certified plastic surgeon?
Yes. Dr. Richard Tepper’s American Board of Plastic Surgery certification reflects his extensive educational background, successful peer-reviewed exams, and a deep understanding of both the procedure and safety protocols. By choosing an ABPS-certified surgeon like Dr. Tepper, patients ensure that their rhinoplasty journey is guided by an expert who prioritizes their well-being and delivers optimal results with safety in mind.
- What can you do to make my nose feel less stuffy?
Dr. Tepper advises patients to consult an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist if nasal stuffiness is the primary concern, as it might be related to a medical concern. However, when restricted airflow is rooted in structural issues within the nasal passages, a rhinoplasty procedure can effectively address these concerns, enhancing both aesthetics and function through surgical intervention.
- How can you reshape my nose?
Your consultation begins by evaluating the relationship between different parts of the nose, particularly the bridge of the nose and the tip, as well as the relationship with other facial features.
During a rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Tepper skillfully shapes the bone and cartilage structures of the nose. For instance, if a patient desires a flatter nasal dorsum (i.e. removal of the hump), he can carefully shave down excess bone or cartilage. Similarly, if the patient wants the tip of their nose to be lifted, Dr. Tepper can reposition the cartilages to achieve that desired contour. It’s important to note that while rhinoplasty can create significant improvements, there are limitations due to a patient’s anatomy and the healing process.
- What is the recovery process like?
In the first few days after surgery, you may experience some soreness and nasal congestion. Some minor bleeding and drainage is possible, but these typically subside within days. Stitches and the splint are usually removed within five days. Most of the swelling and visible effects subside within the first few weeks, but the healing process can last a year or longer.
- Will I have any scars?
The majority of incisions are hidden within the nostrils. In the case of an open rhinoplasty, a small scar may be positioned in the columella, the narrow strip of skin between the nostrils, and it is easily concealed, helping to make rhinoplasty a popular procedure.
- What results can I expect after the procedure?
After undergoing rhinoplasty, patients can expect to see noticeable improvements in their appearance and their overall facial proportions. This typically includes refininements in the size and shape of the nose, such as a smoother dorsum or a narrowed nasal tip. The ultimate outcome is a sense of renewed self-confidence and a more refined appearance.
- How much does the procedure typically cost?
The cost of a rhinoplasty varies by surgeon and geographic region, as well as by the complexity of what’s being performed. Costs may range from $10,000 to $15,000 or more. Insurance usually does not cover this procedure.
- What are the potential risks and complications associated with rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is generally considered to be a safe procedure when performed by an ABPS-certified plastic surgeon. Although complications are infrequent, some patients occasionally seek minor refinements to help them further achieve their desired look.
If you’re considering rhinoplasty, contact Dr. Tepper today to discuss your concerns and begin your well-informed journey toward the nose you desire.