There’s no getting around it – your nose is probably the most prominent feature on your face, and it’s right in the middle, too, so it’s not an easy thing to avoid. Of course, this isn’t usually a problem and the placement of the human nose serves an important evolutionary purpose, but for some people, a prominent nose is more of a hindrance than a source of pride. At DrYoungForever in San Antonio, TX, our compassionate staff understands all of the reasons you may want to seek a nose job, including for the purpose of restoring your self-confidence.
Will the Tip of My Nose Get Smaller After Rhinoplasty?
To put it simply: yes, the tip of your nose will certainly be smaller after rhinoplasty surgery, particularly if your goal is to reduce the size of that portion of your nose. Reducing the size of the tip of your nose is a purely cosmetic goal, but that doesn’t make it any less important for elevating your self-esteem. In fact, altering the nasal tip is one of the more common reasons to seek a nose job.
Why Do People Alter the Nasal Tip?
There are a few reasons someone may want to alter the nasal tip. For example, some people don’t like the general shape of the nasal tip, so a rhinoplasty can quite easily make a round tip more angular or soften a triangular tip. For other people, the size of the nasal tip is simply too large or overly prominent, which is why this type is sometimes called a bulbous tip.
For other people, the size and shape of their nasal tip was fine when they are younger, but they find that a natural byproduct of the aging process is a thickening of the nasal tip skin that causes the nose to “droop”. Larger nasal tips naturally place more pressure on the cartilage in the nose, which is what causes the drooping, and that can eventually cause an illusion of premature aging.
What Other Aesthetic Features Can Rhinoplasty Treat?
Naturally, it’s not only the tip of the nose that can be altered with a rhinoplasty. For patients who are seeking a nose job for cosmetic or elective purposes, there are other parts of the nose that can be changed to meet some aesthetic goals. Other aesthetic features that can be treated with this surgery include:
The bridge of your nose is the part of your nose made from bone, where the bone of your nasal cavity protrudes at an angle from the space between your eyebrows. The nose bridge is usually about an inch or so long and eventually attaches to cartilage in the nose that defines the nose shape and size. However, because nose bridges set the overall angle of your nose, you may find that your nose bridge is too long, wide, or large.
A high nose bridge is often a sought-after feature in some cultures, such as China or South Korea, but high nose bridges can also be set at a too-high or too-wide angle that makes it difficult to use eyewear or even appears cosmetically flawed.
Sometimes, the bridge of our nose has a hump itself, which is when the bone is not flat but is rather curved upward, like the back of a camel. Othertimes, bumps on the nose are formed lower on the bridge, usually where the bridge and the cartilage join. Many people find that nose bumps or humps are genetic; if one of your parents has one, there’s a good chance you will, too.
It’s also sometimes the case that nose bumps happen as we age and our noses fully mature, as some people begin to notice humps on their nose as their skin thins or as cartilage settles into its adult place. Of course, some nose bumps are simply caused by injuries.
The lower-most portion of the nose is the nostrils, which is where air enters and leaves the sinus cavity. Nostrils come in all shapes and sizes, but most people usually take issue with nostrils that are too wide-set or too large. Correcting the shape or size of the nostrils can completely alter the overall appearance of the nose, such as making a person appear as if their nose is continuously flared. Additionally, while no face is perfectly symmetrical, sometimes nostrils are noticeably asymmetrical enough to lower self-esteem.
What Medical Concerns Can Rhinoplasty Treat?
Of course, there are other reasons besides aesthetics that someone might seek a nose job. There are actually a few medical reasons to have a rhinoplasty, which is sometimes why medical practitioners refer patients to plastic surgeons. Some of the medical concerns that can be treated with a rhinoplasty include:
There are times where a “broken” nose really only calls for cartilage or bone to be reset. But there are other times where a nose is not broken cleanly and where reconstructive surgery is required to fuse bone pieces back together to restore the shape of the nose. This is especially true for repeated nose breaks. Whether your previous injury is causing aesthetic distress or hindering your breathing, significant nose breaks are common reasons to seek this procedure.
Some people also have breathing problems related to the size or structure of their nose. For people who have chronic snoring, whistling noses, difficulty blowing the nose, or even difficulty breathing through only the nose, there is likely an issue with the internal structure of the nasal cavity. This is usually referred to as a deviated septum, which is when some part of the internal cartilage is blocking the natural passage of air.
Some people may also have sinus issues related to problems with the internal structure of the nose. For example, chronic sinus congestion or injection can be caused by nose structures that do not allow for proper drainage. Rhinoplasty can correct these internal structures and hopefully prevent future sinus issues, or at least lessen their degree of frequency or severity.
What Should You Expect From a Nose Job Surgery?
The first step of your rhinoplasty will be a detailed consultation where we will discuss all of your concerns about the appearance and function of your nose. We will pay particular attention to any specific issues you bring up, such as difficulty breathing and snoring, even if you are seeking rhinoplasty for cosmetic purposes. This is because we may need to fix underlying issues as well as cosmetic issues, particularly if you have cited previous nose injuries (such as a broken nose).
A large part of your consultation will consist of a discussion about how you want your nose to look after your surgery. If you are seeking this procedure to correct aesthetic concerns, then you may want to bring in reference photos so we can understand what your treatment goals are. We will do our best to guide you toward a treatment plan that will meet your aesthetic preferences.
Because this is an elective surgery that will likely involve the use of general anesthesia and invasive surgical techniques, you will need to do some things to prepare for your treatment. We generally encourage patients to follow pre-op instructions for about five to seven days before your scheduled surgery, which will include:
- Do not use blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin or Aleve
- Do not smoke or use tobacco products
- Avoid direct sunlight, particularly on the face
The night before your surgery, you will be instructed to fast for at least eight hours and not drink water. This is because general anesthesia makes some people nauseous, which is why it’s a standard pre-surgery instruction. You will also need to make sure you have both prescription and non-prescription medications on hand or ready to be filled for after your surgery. Please arrange for transportation after your surgery is complete.
You will either have a closed or open rhinoplasty; a closed rhinoplasty is when the incisions are made inside of the nostrils, usually for minor surgeries, while an open rhinoplasty involves incisions both inside of the nostrils and across the tissue of the nose. Your surgery will take between one and three hours to complete, depending on the amount of work that needs to be completed.
It’s very important that you closely follow the post-operation instructions that are given to you so that you can heal well from your surgery. A few examples of the post-operative instructions you will have include:
- Do not blow your nose for two weeks
- Keep the inside of your nose moist
- Apply Vaseline to stitches
- Keep your head elevated, even while sleeping, for 48 hours
- Avoid excessive chewing for at least 7 days
- No excessive or strenuous activity
- Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds
- Do not wear glasses
We will likely also provide you with additional directions, such as how to care for the dressing on your nose and when your cast can be removed if your surgery recovery will involve a cast.
It will take some time for you to recover from a rhinoplasty. Your initial recovery period will be the first two to three weeks after your surgery, which is when you should follow the post-op instructions most closely. Overall, for most people, recovery will last for about six to eight weeks, depending on the amount of work that was done.
Are Results Permanent?
Although it will take some time for the results of your surgery to be obvious, you can count on rhinoplasty results to last for a long time. Most people have nose jobs between the ages of 20 and 30, which means rhinoplasty results are designed to last a lifetime. However, depending on how you age and any injuries you sustain after your surgery, the results may only last a few decades. We will be able to give you a better idea about the results during your consultation.
Is There a Best Age for Rhinoplasty?
Yes. Rhinoplasties are most successful when you are fully grown and your nose has settled into its adult shape. This means most people should not have this surgery until they are at least 20 years old. This is true for both reductive rhinoplasty and reconstructive rhinoplasty.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Nose Job?
If you are not completely satisfied with the appearance or function of your nose, then you are likely a good candidate for this procedure. The best candidates want to correct one or more of the following issues:
- Large nasal tip
- Wide nostrils
- Bridge bumps
- Crooked nose
- Difficulty breathing
- Sinus issues
Love the Way You Look With Rhinoplasty
Your nose is the focal point of your face, so you might as well be happy with how it looks. If you’re ready to restore your self-esteem and love the way you look, please contact DrYoungForever in San Antonio, TX to schedule your rhinoplasty consultation today!