Enhance Your Appearance & Breathing With a Rhinoplasty
If you’re looking to enhance the appearance of your nose or improve its functionality, a rhinoplasty is an effective surgical solution that can help you achieve your desired results. At Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgery & Medspa, our Philadelphia, PA plastic surgeon, Dr. Thomas Spalla can address a range of concerns related to the shape, size, and structure of the nose with rhinoplasty.
What Is a Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, is a cosmetic procedure that involves reshaping the nose to improve its appearance or function. The procedure can be performed for a variety of medical reasons, including correcting a deviated septum, reducing the size of the nose, altering the shape of the tip, or correcting nasal asymmetry.
The Benefits of a Rhinoplasty
Most people think that a nose job is only done for cosmetic reasons. However, undergoing a rhinoplasty can provide you with many medical benefits including:
- Improved Appearance: A rhinoplasty can enhance the appearance of your nose and balance it with the rest of your facial features for a stunning look.
- Improved Breathing: A rhinoplasty can correct structural abnormalities in your nose that cause breathing issues, such as a deviated septum or nasal valve collapse.
- Boosted Confidence: Many patients report an increase in self-confidence and self-esteem after rhinoplasty, as they feel more satisfied with their appearance and feel less self-conscious about their nose.
To be considered a good candidate for rhinoplasty, individuals should be in good overall health. The procedure is generally recommended for patients who struggle with any of the following:
- A nose that is too large or too small in proportion to the rest of the face
- A bump on the bridge of the nose
- A nose that is too wide or too narrow
- A nasal tip that is too wide, too pointed, or droopy
- Breathing difficulties due to structural issues in the nose
It’s important for patients to have a clear understanding of what they hope to achieve with rhinoplasty and to communicate their goals clearly with their surgeon during the initial consultation. Dr. Spalla will evaluate your facial structure, skin type, and medical history to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
During the procedure, Dr. Spalla will make incisions either inside the nose or in inconspicuous areas around the nose. He will then reshape the bone and cartilage to achieve the desired result. In some cases, additional cartilage may be added to the nose to improve its shape and structure.
Once the reshaping is complete, our Philadelphia surgeon will close the incisions with sutures and place a splint on the nose to help it heal properly. Patients typically spend a few hours in a recovery room before being released to go home. Recovery time for rhinoplasty can vary depending on the extent of the procedure, however, full recovery can take several weeks to months. During that time, patients should avoid strenuous activities and contact sports for several weeks after the surgery.
Post-op Care Instructions
After surgery, it’s important to follow Dr. Spalla’s instructions carefully to promote proper healing and avoid complications. This may include avoiding strenuous activities, taking prescribed medications, applying cold compresses to reduce swelling, and keeping the head elevated while sleeping. It’s also important to attend all follow-up appointments with your Philadelphia surgeon to monitor your progress and address any concerns. With proper care, you can achieve the best possible results from your rhinoplasty procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
The incisions made during rhinoplasty are typically made inside the nose or in inconspicuous areas around the nose, such as the creases between the nostrils and the upper lip. As a result, scarring after the surgery is usually minimal and not usually noticeable. After the surgery, patients should follow their surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of scarring.
Yes! In many cases, rhinoplasty can even improve nasal function and help patients breathe more easily. However, patients should discuss any concerns about their breathing with their surgeon before the procedure to ensure they are addressed during the surgery.
The length of a rhinoplasty procedure can vary depending on the extent of the surgery, but it usually takes between one and three hours to complete. Your surgeon will be able to give you a more accurate treatment timeline depending on your unique case.
Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Spalla
Rhinoplasty is a safe and effective procedure that can improve both the appearance and function of the nose. At Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgery & Medspa, our experienced surgeon is dedicated to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals and feel more confident in their nose. If you’re considering rhinoplasty, we invite you to schedule a consultation by giving our Philadelphia office a call at 215-273-3223 or by filling out our online contact form to learn more about the procedure and how it can benefit you.