Rhinoplasty, or surgery to reshape the nose, is one of the most common of all plastic surgery procedures. Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip. It may also correct a birth defect or injury, or help relieve some breathing problems. Our plastic surgeons are among the top rhinoplasty surgeons in Los Angeles.
Almost all of these operations are performed through the nostrils, which means there are no visible cuts (or subsequent scars) to the face. Some operations require a cut to the tissue between the nostrils to perform the rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty can change the size of the nose, as well as its width and profile. The nose tip, shape of the nostrils and balance of the nose (nasal symmetry) can also be altered. Surgery of the nose can reduce or augment structures of the nose using cartilage grafted from other areas of the body. Occasionally, a piece of cartilage from the ear and (rarely) a section of rib cartilage may be used.
Medical Conditions That Rhinoplasty Can Alleviate
- broken nose
- nasal structural problems, from birth defects of the nose or due to injury
- nasal obstruction
- self-consciousness about the size or shape of the nose
Things To Consider Before Having Nose Surgery
Before you opt for rhinoplasty, some important issues to keep in mind include:
- Your surgeon can only work with the existing bone and cartilage structure, so there are limits to how far you can alter the shape of your nose. Make sure your surgeon understands why you want the operation so they can decide the best method of reconstructing your nose to your satisfaction.
- If you need surgery to repair a broken nose, it is best to seek medical attention immediately. Otherwise, the swelling of the tissues can delay surgery for around five days.
- Nose surgery to improve an obstructed airway requires careful evaluation of the nasal structure as it relates to airflow and breathing. It is essential that the surgery doesn’t interfere with your breathing, so this may prevent you from having certain procedures. If the septum is deviated, your surgeon may recommend that it be straightened and the projections inside the nose reduced to improve breathing.
- Think about the financial cost. Cosmetic surgery does not usually qualify for Medicare or other health insurance coverage.
- Smokers are at increased risk of complications. If you are serious about undergoing surgery, you should try to quit smoking.
Pacific Specialists have some of the best nose surgeons in Los Angeles. We are happy to speak with you before you make this decision. Give us a call at (310) 477-5558 to schedule a free consultation.
Below are some rhinoplasty before and after photos from recent patients of Pacific Specialists.