Is Rhinoplasty Right for You?

An individual who wants to alter the shape or size of their nose might consider rhinoplasty, or a nose job, to correct any imperfections. Someone with breathing problems may also consider the surgery, which can alleviate such concerns. 

Whether you want to improve the way your nose looks or have been considering surgery to correct your breathing, Burt & Will Plastic Surgery and Dermatology in Plainfield, IL, offers this cosmetic surgery and many others to our patients.

Rhinoplasty combines surgical skill, innovative techniques, and artistry to give each patient the nose they’ve always wanted. We consider principles of harmony, balance, and proportion when developing your personalized treatment plan.

Rhinoplasty vs. Septoplasty: What Is the Difference?

Both rhinoplasty and septoplasty are nose surgeries, and sometimes people confuse which procedure is used for which purpose or use the terms interchangeably. 

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that changes the shape of the nose. It is possible for the nose shape to negatively affect a person’s ability to breathe clearly. When this is the case, rhinoplasty can improve breathing challenges.

Septoplasty is surgery that straightens the walls inside the nose to correct breathing problems. A crooked septum can make it difficult to breathe freely. A septoplasty does not change the shape or size of the outside of the nose. However, the two techniques can be and are often combined.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Most healthy adults are good candidates for rhinoplasty surgery, but there are some factors to consider. People who make ideal candidates:

  • Are old enough that facial growth is complete
  • Are non-smokers
  • Have clear aesthetic goals and realistic expectations
  • Suffer from breathing problems caused by a structural deformity

If you’re concerned about a crooked or asymmetrical nose, uneven nostrils, a bump on the bridge of your nose, or a nose that’s out of proportion with the rest of your face, rhinoplasty surgery may be a good solution for you.

What to Expect from Rhinoplasty Surgery

Your rhinoplasty experience begins with a professional consultation and a physical exam. We may perform blood work or other tests to confirm that you’re healthy enough for surgery. 

We will closely examine your nose, checking the strength of the cartilage and skin thickness as well as checking the function of your septum.

We’ll also take several photos of your nose from different angles. This information helps us develop a treatment plan to meet your goals. We can show you the potential results by using computer software to manipulate the photos. This step helps you see what your nose will look like and allows for changes to the treatment plan before we begin.

We may ask you to avoid certain medications, including aspirin and ibuprofen, for two weeks before surgery. 

During your consultation, we can also discuss which type of anesthesia is most appropriate. General anesthesia is typically recommended, but local anesthesia and IV sedation may be an option, depending on the surgical techniques that we’ll use for your surgery.

Your rhinoplasty surgery should take around two to four hours, depending on your individual treatment plan. After the surgery, we’ll take you to our in-office recovery room where you will be fully monitored until you’re completely alert. 

You will need transportation home, and we recommend that you have someone stay with you at home for at least 24 hours after the surgery.

What Is Rhinoplasty Surgery Recovery Like?

We provide all of our patients with complete post-op care instructions, and you will be well-equipped to care for your new nose once you’re home. Any visible signs of your surgery should disappear within the first three weeks after the procedure.

The final results of your rhinoplasty surgery may not be evident for up to a year. However, results are immediate and you will be enjoying your new look within a few weeks of surgery.

Rhinoplasty surgery is considered permanent, but it’s important to remember that your face will continue to change throughout your life. Age, weight fluctuations, and injury can cause changes to your nose in the future.

Revision Rhinoplasty

If you’re unhappy with the results of a rhinoplasty surgery you received in the past, you may be considering revision rhinoplasty. We welcome consultations for revisions at our clinic. The steps for revising an unsuccessful rhinoplasty are the same as performing the initial procedure, and the procedure begins with a consultation.

All About Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

You may have heard about a non-surgical option to rhinoplasty. It is sometimes referred to as a “liquid nose job,” or “15-minute nose job.” Non-surgical rhinoplasty involves the use of dermal fillers to change the shape of your nose. It is a fast and convenient in-office procedure that does not require general anesthesia.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is not a good option for patients who want major changes to the appearance of their noses or need to improve their breathing. Non-surgical rhinoplasty can:

  • Smooth out small bumps
  • Make the nose tip appear more prominent
  • Lift the nose tip
  • Create a more balanced look
  • Add volume

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is an ideal solution for individuals who are concerned about the longer recovery time of traditional rhinoplasty. It’s also a good option for those who are not yet ready to make permanent changes with surgery. 

Book a Rhinoplasty Consultation

If you’d like to change the way your nose looks, or you have obstructed breathing caused by the shape of your nose, contact Burt & Will Plastic Surgery and Dermatology in Plainfield, IL. We offer traditional rhinoplasty surgery and non-surgical rhinoplasty as well as a complete menu of cosmetic procedures.

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