Nose Surgery / Rhinoplasty
The nose is an important facial feature that contributes to both facial balance and aesthetic appeal. Rhinoplasty is designed to improve a patient’s appearance and restore facial harmony by correcting cosmetic nasal imperfections. The nose is a unique and complex structure, so it is essential to select a plastic surgeon with considerable experience and a thorough understanding of facial anatomy. Dr. Mendieta’s comprehensive training in facial enhancement surgery has equipped him with the skills necessary to produce outstanding rhinoplasty results that complement the contours of the face.
During your personal consultation, Dr. Mendieta will examine your facial structure and nasal imperfections to devise a personalized treatment plan that reflects your desires. You may want to consider rhinoplasty if you struggle with any of the following:
- A crooked or poorly shaped nose
- Disproportion between the nose and other features
- Nasal blockage due to structural issues
Rhinoplasty is performed under intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia. It can take one to four hours to complete, depending on the complexity of the procedure. Patients with multiple facial concerns may be able to combine rhinoplasty with other surgeries, such as eyelid surgery and chin augmentation. Dr. Mendieta offers two approaches to nose surgery: open and closed rhinoplasty.
A small incision is created on the outside of the nose, hidden in the natural contours of the columella. This technique provides optimal visualization of the surgical site, allowing your surgeon to deliver more extensive correction.
All incisions are created inside the nose, ensuring that there are no visible scars. Patients who wish to correct minimal issues in the tip of their nose can benefit from this rhinoplasty technique.
The length of recovery after rhinoplasty is different for every patient. Patients can expect some discomfort, congestion, bruising, and swelling during the first few weeks of recovery. One week after surgery, any internal and external splints are removed. Side effects should subside considerably within two weeks, at which point most patients return to work and social activities. Out-of-town patients should plan to stay in the area for up to 10 days before traveling home to allow enough time for a follow-up with Dr. Mendieta.
Exercise and weight lifting should be avoided for at least one month after rhinoplasty, as these activities increase the risk of postoperative complications.
It can take up to one year to heal completely and see the final results of your rhinoplasty procedure. The natural aging process often causes the skin to thicken gradually, so your nose may appear slightly different over time. Rhinoplasty is intended to provide permanent results, as long as you follow all aftercare instructions while your nose adjusts to its new form.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of rhinoplasty depends on many factors, including the technique used, surgical fees, geographical location, and anesthesia fees. Dr. Mendieta will calculate the price of your unique procedure during your rhinoplasty consultation appointment.
What are the risks associated with rhinoplasty?
While complications after rhinoplasty are uncommon, some of the potential risks may include:
- Abnormal reaction to anesthesia
- Skin discoloration
What can I do to prepare for my rhinoplasty procedure?
Two weeks before your scheduled surgery, you should quit smoking and avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, and herbal supplements. For a smooth recovery, it is recommended to fill all of your prescription medications, stock your home with soft foods and cold beverages, and purchase lip balm before your appointment day. Arrange for someone to drive you to and from the surgical facility and assist you during the first few days after surgery.
What is the age requirement for rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty can be performed after the nose has fully developed, which can be between age 13 and 18. Before undergoing any surgical cosmetic procedures, it is essential to consider factors such as physical, mental, and emotional maturity as well as overall health.