Getting a Nose Job: What Happens and How to Prepare

Getting a ‘nose job’ (or rhinoplasty) involves surgery that changes the shape of your nose and/or improves its function. There are medical reasons for choosing to get a nose job, including breathing problems associated with disfigurement of the nose. Many people, however, opt for rhinoplasty solely for cosmetic reasons if they are dissatisfied enough with their nose’s appearance. Whatever your reasons may be, here are some considerations as well as what to expect.

Making the Decision for a Nose Job

The hardest part of getting a nose job is often making the decision to go through with it. The first big step is to meet with a plastic surgeon with years of experience. It is important that the surgeon has technological know-how for plastic surgery procedures, and rave reviews from satisfied customers.

Discuss your goals, as well as what you specifically dislike about your nose/how you would like it to look. Cosmetic surgery can enhance your natural beauty by emphasizing your more flattering facial features. This will help eliminate any unrealistic expectations you may have and could offer knowledge concerning options you possibly didn’t consider. It’s also important to consider your overall health and discuss costs, risks, and recovery time with your surgeon.

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Preparation and Procedure

Next, your surgeon will explain various surgical techniques that could help you get the nose you want. Remember that most insurance plans don’t cover rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons. Follow all of your surgeon’s guidelines for preparing for the procedure carefully, and make sure you are eating and sleeping well before going in for the surgery as well as engaging in regular exercise.

A rhinoplasty usually doesn’t involve an overnight stay, but you will receive either anesthesia. This anesthesia may be general, putting you to sleep, or local, which will only sedate and numb the pain. During the operation, your surgeon will make cuts within the nostrils and, possibly, across the base of the nose. Then, he or she will reshape the inner cartilage and bone.

Recovery for Rhinoplasty

It’s common for those recovering from a nose job to wear a nasal splint for about a week. There will normally be bruising and swelling around the eyes. This typically improves after three days but can last up to two weeks. While very unnoticeable, there is typically slight, residual swelling that can last up to six months. At that point, the new appearance of your nose should be clearly apparent.

If you’re ready to discuss getting a nose job with an experienced and knowledgeable plastic surgeon, Dr. Jon E. Rast, MD and his associates would love to meet with you to discuss options for your rhinoplasty. Let us offer you guidance, support, and expertise every step of the way.

The Benefits of Rhinoplasty

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What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is what most people refer to as a “nose job.” It’s usually performed for cosmetic purposes to help patients regain self-esteem, and is one of the most popular forms of plastic surgery today. However, occasionally patients require it to resolve breathing problems as a result of structural defects in the nose.

Some examples of what rhinoplasty can treat are: nose size, nose width, a nose with visible bumps or ridges on the bridge, a droopy or upturned nose tip, nostrils that are too large or narrow, and nose asymmetry. Patients should bear in mind that some asymmetry is to be expected.

Hoes Does Rhinoplasty Work?

Rhinoplasty is performed primarily using two different techniques:

1. Open technique: The open technique (or external rhinoplasty) involves making a tiny incision on the columella, which is the delicate tissue separating the nostrils. Since the open technique grants a clearer view of problem areas, this method allows the surgeon to more accurately reshape and contour the nose according to the patient’s desires. It is ideal for patients with more complex or difficult nose shapes.

2. Closed technique: In the closed technique (or endonasal rhinoplasty), incisions are made inside the nose, preventing scars from being visible. Unlike in the open technique, the closed technique does not involve making any incisions on the columella, which reduces post-surgical swelling. The absence of this additional incision also results in a slightly faster procedure.

Many are afraid of experiencing pain during rhinoplasty, but because incisions take place during each method, the patient will be sedated. Luckily, rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, so the patient does not need an overnight hospital stay and can return home relatively soon after the surgery is completed.

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Cost of Rhinoplasty

The average cost of rhinoplasty itself is $5,125, but this does not include other medical expenses associated with surgery. Anesthesia costs typically range from $800 to $2,000. The fees for operating room facilities, prescription medication, and other medical expenses should also be taken into consideration when figuring the cost for rhinoplasty.

While it may be expensive, patients typically report high levels of satisfaction and self-esteem after undergoing rhinoplasty. If you feel your nose is reducing the overall quality of your life, don’t hesitate to call us at 913-451-3722 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jon Rast.

5 Questions To Ask If You’re Considering Rhinoplasty

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Rhinoplasty is an extremely popular facial plastic surgery procedure used to improve the shape, proportions, and general appearance of the nose. Sometimes called a “nose job,” rhinoplasty may also be used to correct structural defects that cause impaired breathing.

Dr. Rast performs rhinoplasty plastic surgery often in his Kansas City plastic surgery clinic. Learn more about rhinoplasty on our procedure page or contact us today online or by calling (913)451-3722 now.

Top Questions About Rhinoplasty

Am I a good candidate for a rhinoplasty?

The best candidates for rhinoplasty are nonsmokers who are generally in good health. Patients also must have finished facial growing — which is typically around age 15. We recommend a frank discussion with Dr. Rast to ensure specific, realistic goals in mind for the results of your plastic surgery.

How much does a nose job cost?

The costs associated with rhinoplasty procedures may vary and are dependent on the depth of surgery needed and desired. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a rhinoplasty is $4,545 (not including fees, anesthesia, etc.).

Will my insurance cover my rhinoplasty?

If a rhinoplasty procedure is undertaken to improve breathing, it is likely that your insurance provider may cover part (or all) of the cost.

What does a rhinoplasty surgery involve?

Rhinoplasty is either performed as an closed (with incision hidden inside the nose) or as an open (incision made across the strip of tissue between the nostrils) procedure. The skin tissue around the nose is raised through these incisions, then Dr. Rast sculpts the cartilage and/or bone within the nose. A deviated septum will be fixed during this step.

Once reshaping has been completed the skin and tissue are put back into place and the incisions are closed.

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What should I expect during recovery?

Once you’ve undergone the nose procedure, a split or medical packing will be placed outside and inside of your nose to protect and support your new nasal structure. This packing needs to remain in place until Dr. Rast removes it, usually after about a week. Your head will need to elevated at all times until swelling has gone down.

Typically, within a few days of surgery you can return to light activity. Healing will continue for several weeks. The major points of a successful recovery are:

  • Keep head elevated at all times during first week
  • Always wear sunscreen and reapply often
  • Protect nose from injury for four to six months (no contact sports!)

Schedule Your Rhinoplasty Kansas City Consultation Today

Come in to our Kansas City clinic to learn more about nose job and your options from Dr. Rast. Our experienced plastic surgery team will walk you through every step of the procedure and help you make the right decision for you. Contact us today online or by calling (913)451-3722 now.