The Focal Point Of The Face

From an aesthetic standpoint, the nose is the central and therefore most important part of the face. Common issues like bumps along the bridge, droopy tips, or overly-wide nostrils cause some people enough discomfort to pursue a correction. Rhinoplasties are also important for non-aesthetic reasons, most typically to improve breathing when there is a problem with nasal architecture that contributes to airway obstruction with or without a deviated septum.

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Rhinoplasty Explained

A rhinoplasty, or nose job, is the surgical manipulation of bone, cartilage, and soft tissue of the nose. There are two predominant techniques: the open rhinoplasty and the closed rhinoplasty. Each modality offers advantages or disadvantages that are more significant to procedure selection in some patients than others.    

Closed Rhinoplasty

Also known as an endonasal rhinoplasty, a closed rhinoplasty is conducted entirely inside the nose and leaves no external, visible scars. 

Open Rhinoplasty

In an open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made in the columella, the part of the nose that separates the two nostrils in the middle.   This incision is the entry point from which the surgeon can access the entire nasal structure. 

This approach is common in secondary rhinoplasties, and to facilitate the placement and fixation of certain types of cartilage grafts.

Unique Solutions For Your Unique Face

There are many options when it comes to rhinoplasty, and subtle tweaks can have a significant impact. When discussing a rhinoplasty with a patient, a good surgeon takes into account the patient's ideal nose, but above all strives to find a shape that will fit their face as a whole. Discerning how a corrected nose will 'blend' with the other facial features is a significant part of the process; as such, an experienced plastic surgeon is a must for optimal results. 

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What Is The Procedure Like?

Aesthetic rhinoplasties are performed in the accredited surgical facilities at  Bass Plastic Surgery's offices. Depending on the extent of the procedure it can require less than an hour or more than two hours.  Reconstructive nasal and septal procedures may be performed in the ambulatory surgery center at a hospital.   

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Recovery And Downtime

The patient remains under observation for the first hour  before heading home with the assistance of a relative, friend, or health aide. A protective splint is placed over the nose and should remain for 5-7 days.

Patients rest quietly at home with cool compresses for the first 48-72 hours to reduce bruising and swelling.  Bruising subsides in about a week or two. Nasal congestion is to be expected and typically resolves over several weeks.

Results That Improve With Time

The nose takes around six months to a year to fully 'settle' after a primary rhinoplasty, and up to two years for a secondary rhinoplasty. This means that what the nose looks like post-operation is not ultimately the final result. The nasal tip is the last part to heal and will remain swollen and stiff until recovery is complete.

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Are You A Candidate For A Rhinoplasty?

People of all backgrounds pursue rhinoplasty for both aesthetic and health purposes, and the procedure is appropriate for those as young as fourteen. If your nose bothers you consistently when you look in the mirror, it may be time to consider a rhinoplasty. 

The happiest patients have realistic expectations about their rhinoplasty. Dr. Bass recommends that patients work closely with a plastic surgeon who will listen to their specific aesthetic concerns and can coordinate closely with the patient to meet their wants to the greatest extent possible.

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You’re In Skilled Hands With Dr. Bass

Dr. Bass is an expert in facial aesthetic procedures. He trained for a decade in the nation's foremost institutions and has honed his rhinoplasty skillset over his twenty-five-plus years in practice. Dr. Bass believes in paying attention to the details to create the most nuanced results possible Contact Bass Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation today. 

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