What Is a Rhinoplasty ("Nose Job")?
Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a "nose job," is a surgical procedure that aims to reshape the nose for cosmetic or functional reasons. This procedure can help to enhance the appearance of the nose, correct structural abnormalities, or improve breathing function. Many patients are looking for more information about getting a rhinoplasty in Michigan.
There are two types of rhinoplasty: open and closed. Open rhinoplasty involves making an incision on the columella, the strip of tissue that separates the nostrils, while closed rhinoplasty involves making all the incisions inside the nostrils. The choice between the two depends on the individual case and the surgeon's preference.
Rhinoplasty can address a wide range of issues, including:
- Nose size: A nose that is too large or too small can be corrected with rhinoplasty.
- Nose shape: Rhinoplasty can change the shape of the nose, including the bridge, tip, and nostrils.
- Breathing problems: Rhinoplasty can also correct structural abnormalities that may cause breathing difficulties.
- Nasal asymmetry: Rhinoplasty can improve the symmetry of the nose, ensuring that it looks balanced and harmonious with the rest of the face.
The procedure usually takes two to three hours, and patients are typically given general anesthesia. During the surgery, the surgeon will make incisions and reshape the bone and cartilage to create the desired results. Once the surgery is complete, the incisions are closed with sutures and a splint is placed on the nose to support it during the initial healing period.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with rhinoplasty, such as bleeding, infection, scarring, and poor healing. It is important for patients to carefully consider the risks and benefits of the procedure and discuss their concerns and expectations with their surgeon before making a decision.
Overall, rhinoplasty can be a highly effective way to improve the appearance and function of the nose, and can have a positive impact on a person's self-confidence and quality of life. If you are considering having a rhinoplasty in Michigan, it is important to choose a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with extensive experience in the procedure to ensure the best possible results. See some of the most common questions below that patients ask about pursuing a rhinoplasty in Michigan.
Dr. Andrew W. Joseph is a fellowship-trained and double board-certified facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Joseph has extensive experience in primary as well as secondary (revision) rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is an extremely common surgery for Dr. Joseph, and he has performed rhinoplasties for patients with a range of ages, ethnicities, and different goals. Each person is unique, and rhinoplasty is a procedure that requires exquisite customization.
Every patient will receive a comprehensive evaluation and customized surgical plan during consultation. Our surgeons will take their time to listen to your concerns and discuss everything with you in detail. We will then work together with you to design an individualized surgical plan optimized for you.
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Some of the common reasons patients choose to undergo rhinoplasty include the following:
- Improved appearance of nose to match the overall face
- Removal of nose bump
- Improved symmetry of the nose
- Nose appears too big or small
- Blocked breathing through the nose not otherwise improved with other techniques
Rhinoplasty surgery is most safely performed with patients fully asleep. We individualize the plan for anesthesia based on patient preference, whether additional procedures are planned, and the patient's overall health.
Many patients who present to our office are eligible for rhinoplasty surgery. However, there are patients with some conditions who may be at greater risk for undergoing rhinoplasty surgery or who may not receive a significant benefit from the procedure. For example, patients with other medical conditions that prevent them for stopping blood thinners, patients who are unable to stop nicotine or tobacco use, and patients with certain connective tissue disorders.
Surgical recovery varies from person to person, but most patients are able to return to work within a week after surgery. Most patients experience nasal congestion he week after surgery, but most do not need more than 3-4 days of pain medications. Following surgery, most patients will be seen in the office approximately 5-10 days later to evaluate healing. Bruising and swelling will be present after surgery, especially for the first 1-2 weeks, but minor swelling may persist for several months up to a year.
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A rhinoplasty surgery may sometimes be medically necessary to fix certain types of nasal obstruction. In these situations, rhinoplasty may be eligible for coverage under many medical insurance plans. The following parameters are generally considered by medical insurance carriers when evaluating whether a patient meets criteria:
- Location of nasal obstruction
- Previous treatments or procedures that have been tried
- Anatomy that is unlikely to respond to a septoplasty or inferior turbinate reduction alone
- Photographic evidence documenting nasal anatomy
At your consultation, we will perform the evaluation necessary for your insurance to review and determine whether you may be eligible for coverage.
Some patients who undergo rhinoplasty to improve facial balance may choose to undergo chin surgery (often augmentation) to address disharmony between the nose and chin. At your one-on-one consultation, we will work with you to build a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.
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If you are interested in learning more about getting a rhinoplasty in Michigan, please contact us to schedule a personal consultation. Our surgeons will listen to your concerns, perform a comprehensive assessment, and discuss with you a management plan tailored to your needs. We take care of patients from Troy, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield, Rochester Hills, Rochester, and the rest of Metro Detroit and Southeastern Michigan.