Introduction to Rhinoplasty

Genetics, trauma, and age can all contribute to a nose that is disproportionate to the features of one’s face. Rhinoplasty is the medical term for nasal cosmetic surgery (commonly known as a nose job), not only creates a more desirable nose, but improves the overall visage as well. Because the nose is centrally located, even minor changes can positively impact the face. An ideal nose differs from one patient to the next, and will accentuate other facial features, such as the eyes, cheekbones, and lips.

The changes created during a rhinoplasty surgery are determined by the patient’s current nasal condition and desired results. Excess bone is commonly removed so the nose can be restructured; the bridge may be lowered and thinned by this process. If the nose is under-projected, a nasal implant will add material to the bone structure to create a more prominent underlying formation. The cartilage that makes up the lower two-thirds of the nose is refined to produce a more elegant tip.

Cosmetic nasal surgery can be performed as an open or closed rhinoplasty. During an open rhinoplasty, the tissue is manipulated through a small external incision on the vertical strip of tissue separating the nostrils, called the columella. A closed rhinoplasty does not require an external incision as certain techniques can be performed solely within the nose.

Is a Rhinoplasty Right for Me?

Dr. Shapiro, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Scottsdale has won numerous honors in his practicing state of Arizona. His experience in rhinoplasty surgery spans nearly three decades, with most of that time dedicated to plastic and reconstructive surgery. If you are interested in a rhinoplasty / nasal reshaping surgery, contact Dr. Shapiro’s office to set up a meeting, during which you will discuss your concerns.

The best candidates for rhinoplasty surgery are people who are dissatisfied with their appearance and wish to permanently alter the size and shape of their nose. Potential patients should be healthy, and seek realistic results to ensure the best experience possible. For those who have had a previous rhinoplasty and are not pleased with their results, Dr. Shapiro has given detailed information of his revision rhinoplasty procedure and is recognized as a leader in correcting previous rhinoplasties.

During your visit to his Scottsdale office, Dr. Shapiro will review the photographs he requested you bring of noses that you find appealing. Using a digital software program, Dr. Shapiro will manipulate the digital image of your nose based on its current structure and the intended result. With this method, he can create an aesthetic blueprint and surgical plan to prepare for your rhinoplasty procedure.

Your Rhinoplasty Experience

What Age is Right for a Nose Job (Rhinoplasty)

Dr. Shapiro does not typically perform nasal surgeries on female patients under the age of sixteen, though his minimum age limit for male patients is higher. This longer wait accounts for later growth spurts that may affect the shape of the facial structure.

Friends and Family After a Rhinoplasty Surgery

After surgery, is not uncommon for patients to experience some unexpected reactions from their family and friends. Changing a part of your face for cosmetic purposes is sometimes frowned upon, especially if your nose is a family or ethnic trait. Though the decision to undergo a rhinoplasty is not right for everyone, remember that it was for you.

Rhinoplasty Post-Operative Expectations

Rhinoplasty surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, and patients must leave with a scheduled ride home. Patients will return to the Paradise Valley Plastic Surgery office the next day to have nasal packing materials that were placed during surgery removed. Bruising around the eyes forms slowly over the first few post-operative days, but usually disappears a week to ten days following surgery. Surgical sutures are removed along with the nasal splint a week after surgery. At this time, your new nose will be revealed to you for the first time. Out-of-state patients must incorporate these follow-up visits into their travel plans, such as airport and accommodations, as they play an important role in the surgical process.

The final results of your rhinoplasty may not be apparent for a year or more, though the majority of nasal swelling will subside within weeks. It may take months to a year for residual inflammation to cease entirely. The minor changes that morph over this year are often noticeable only to the patient. Complete the contact form on this page for more information.