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What is Rhinoplasty?

You can often hear the word “nose job” from anyone. Well, it’s a colloquial term for what’s medically coined as Rhinoplasty. It’s a cosmetic surgical procedure to reshape the nose and improve the proportion of your nose. Reshaping your nose can also enhance your facial features. Rhinoplasty isn’t only for vanity’s sake. Other people have defects in their noses that cause breathing issues. With rhinoplasty, these structural defects are corrected to improve breathing.

People may feel conscious about their nose size and shape. With the availability of rhinoplasty, they develop their self-esteem with a nose that’s proportionate to the other facial features.

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What can rhinoplasty do?

  • Reshape the nose size by either making your nose smaller or larger
  • Adjust the width at the bridge of your nose
  • Reshape the nasal tip that’s drooping, upturned, bulbous, or hooked
  • Reposition your nostrils
  • Make your nose symmetrical to the other facial features

Before deciding to have a “nose job” done, you should keep in mind that the face isn’t perfectly symmetrical. So, you should set realistic expectations when undergoing rhinoplasty. What matters most is that you can achieve facial balance and proportionate facial features.

A nose job is also important in certain conditions. You might consider it if you have difficulty in breathing because of a structural defect of the nose.

One of the most common causes is a deviated septum. Adjusting the structure of the nose by aligning it properly will help you improve your breathing.

Can you undergo rhinoplasty?

You can do a nose job if you meet the following requirements:

  • You’re physically healthy
  • You’re not a chain smoker
  • You’re optimistic about having a nose job
  • You keep in mind realistic expectations
  • Your facial growth is complete

How much does rhinoplasty cost?

A nose job cost may vary depending on your needs and the doctor’s fees. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of the procedure is $5,046. It doesn’t include the miscellaneous expenses outside the surgery like before and after surgery fees and anesthesia. When deciding to go for a nose job, expect that you’ll have the following expenses:

  • Medical and Laboratory Tests
  • Medical prescriptions
  • Surgical facility or hospital fees
  • Anesthesia
  • Post-surgery clothes
  • Surgeon’s fees

You should also keep in mind that insurances may not shoulder these expenses especially if it’s not assessed as reconstructive surgery. If you need to undergo rhinoplasty for health reasons, your insurance company may cover the costs. However, it needs to be thoroughly examined and verified. Approval or authorization from the insurance company should also be presented.

It’s normal to be anxious thinking about what will be done on your nose. However, if you decide to do the procedure, seek a well-experienced surgeon to do the job for you. Make sure that you research about the surgeon and do a background check. If possible, let the surgeon show you before and after surgery photos of his/her clients. The information you’ll gather will give you an assurance of a safe and successful surgery.

By: Gabriel Chiu Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc.

When you find the right surgeon for you, you’ll be discussing with the plastic surgeon and his/her staff about the surgery. You’ll also be given detailed instructions on what to do before and after surgery. Moreover, you’ll be prescribed with medications for maintenance and prevention of infection. Your surgeon will give you advice with regards to your concerns. So, don’t be afraid to address your concerns to your surgeon. After the thorough discussion with your plastic surgeon, you’ll be signing consent forms to confirm that you fully understand the procedure, risks, and possible complications.

What will you do before the surgery?

You’re required to do the following before the surgery:

  • You need to undergo a medical and laboratory examination.
  • You may need to take certain medications.
  • If you’re on medications, it may need to be adjusted.
  • Avoid taking meds like aspirin, herbal supplements or anti-inflammatory drugs as they can cause bleeding.
  • You have to achieve a positive attitude and set realistic expectations.

What will you do after surgery?

After surgery, you’ll have a splint or packing placed inside your nose. There’ll also be splints or bandages placed outside of your nose to protect it while it’s healing.

Within a few weeks, the swelling may be reduced, and you’ll be able to notice the changes in its appearance. The swelling may come and go, and it may take a year for it to subside completely.

The decision to have plastic surgery of the nose is extremely a personal preference. You’ll have to decide carefully if the entire procedure will satisfy your goals and needs. So, you have to take good care of yourself especially after the surgery. A healthy lifestyle is essential for a fast and successful recovery.

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