A person’s nose is often a significant point of concern. As the centermost feature of the face, any minor problem people perceive regarding the look of their nose can negatively affect their feelings about their overall appearance. Dr. Alan Larsen can help to reshape your nose and create a more balanced facial appearance with rhinoplasty in Atlanta at Buckhead Plastic Surgery.
Rhinoplasty has always been one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in cosmetic surgery. However, not all nasal surgery is performed for cosmetic reasons. Rhinoplasty can also correct structural abnormalities like a deviated septum or crooked nose, which can lead to breathing problems, chronic stuffiness and post nasal drip. Therefore, the ultimate goal of any rhinoplasty is twofold – to sculpt a natural-looking nose that functions properly.
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Preparing for Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty, sometimes called a nose job, is generally an outpatient procedure for our Atlanta patients that can be performed in a hospital, ambulatory surgery facility or an in-office surgical suite. Dr. Larsen performs surgeries in a fully accredited surgical suite. He performs surgery under general anesthesia, using an anesthesiologist. An overnight stay can be arranged, but most patients choose to go home under the care of a loved one.
To determine your surgical technique, Dr. Larsen will carefully evaluate your overall facial appearance, proportion and structure of your nose, and facial features. Given this information, he will work with you to develop your customized rhinoplasty plan based on your medical history and your personal goals. He can combine your nose surgery with other facial plastic surgery procedures if desired.
Rhinoplasty techniques include open or closed methods, depending on the changes necessary. The open procedure adds a small additional incision across the strip of tissue that separates the nostrils. In a closed procedure, all incisions are hidden within the nose. Dr. Larsen performs almost all of his procedures using the open technique because this technique allows the greatest access as well as the precise control necessary to assure a good outcome.
With any surgery, the incisions are closed with stitches. The internal stitches will dissolve.
The external incisions across the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils will need to be taken out 4-5 days after surgery. You will wake up with a splint covering the outside of your nose and most likely with a splint on the inside of your nose. No matter how uncomfortable or unsightly these splints are, you shouldn’t remove them under any circumstances without the doctor’s permission.
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Directly following your surgery, your nose will feel very stuffy, but you will need to remember there is absolutely no nose blowing allowed. Occasionally a patient will have a headache for the first night or two. You will need to keep your head elevated for about 10 days while you sleep. Ice packs or cool compresses will help considerably with your comfort and swelling.
Until the nasal splints are removed, you will need to breath through your mouth, which will likely become quite dry. Sucking on lemon drops and drinking extra fluids will help. These conditions usually diminish within the first week following surgery. Contact lenses or glasses are difficult for the first week or so following surgery.
You can expect to return to a normal routine within about one week, and regular exercise in 3-6 weeks. If you’re involved in sports, you will need to protect your nose for a minimum of eight weeks.
In most cases, the results of rhinoplasty are immediately visible once the splint is removed. Splints usually come off at about 10 days on the outside and 14 days on the inside. Remember that your nose will still be swollen after the splint is removed, and the shape will continue to refine slightly over the next year.
Dr. Larsen’s patients often feel more self-confident and happy about their appearance once they see their final results. Even subtle changes to the structure of the nose have provided men and women with life-changing benefits. The results of your surgery should be long-lasting and may be enjoyed for a lifetime.
Cost of Rhinoplasty:
Rhinoplasty cost varies depending on the patient’s desired outcomes and the procedures necessary to produce those outcomes. Typically, the cost of rhinoplasty at Buckhead Plastic Surgery ranges from $6,500 to $8,000. Dr. Larsen will consult with you to determine what results you’d like to see and the best way to achieve them.
Everything You Need to Know About Rhinoplasty
Cosmetic surgery to the nose (Rhinoplasty) which is the surgical reshaping of the nose, is one of the most common types of plastic surgeries performed. Unlike many plastic surgeries, Rhinoplasty is a popular choice among both men and women and across all age groups.
Your nose can have a powerful impact on how people see you, it contributes to your overall beauty and shapes your profile. A flattering nose can contribute to self-confidence and positive body image.
Rhinoplasty can correct issues like a deviated septum or breathing issues caused by birth defects or injuries, it can also improve problems like post nasal drip or chronic stuffiness. Cosmetically it can remove a bump in the bridge of the nose, straighten a crooked nose, reduce the size of a nose, reshape the tip of your nose, or restore symmetry after an injury.
Whatever your reason for Rhinoplasty the ultimate goal is the same. To create a natural looking nose that functions properly. Of course, you all want to look like the best version of yourself, and sometimes a small surgical adjustment can play a huge role in boosting your self-confidence moving forward. At Buckhead Plastic Surgery we want to enhance your natural beauty and help you breathe easy.
Frequently Asked Questions About Rhinoplasty
The first question most people ask is, am I a good candidate for this procedure? We’re glad you asked, and that is actually a pretty short checklist.
- Are you in good physical health? Good physical health will allow your body to respond better during surgery and heal faster afterward making the whole experience more comfortable for you.
- Is your facial growth complete? Nose jobs are not recommended for young teens who are still growing. We don’t recommend having a rhinoplasty before you are 15 or 16 years old.
- Do you have a positive outlook and realistic goals for this procedure? This is very important. The best candidates for Rhinoplasty want to improve the look of their nose but have realistic expectations of what’s possible, and what will best suit their facial structure, Dr. Larsen will provide you with digital images that will help you visualize your new look to aide in this process.
- Are you a non-smoker? We all know the risks of smoking, but to be nose job specific here smoking can complicate the healing process and increase your risk of complication and infection. Nobody wants that.
If you said yes to all of those questions it might be time to make an appointment for a consultation. During your consultation Dr. Larsen will sit down with you, he can answer your questions and discuss your options. He will evaluate your facial structure along with the proportion and structure of your nose, then he will work with you to create a customized plan based on your goals.
Rhinoplasty is generally outpatient surgery (although arrangements can be made for an overnight stay, most people prefer the comforts of home), and is performed under general anesthesia. The type of surgery you will have varies by individual patient and is affected by your current facial structure and your goals moving forward.
Immediately following surgery, you will wake up with a splint on the outside of your nose and sometimes an additional splint will be used for support inside your nose. The first week after a nose job is the most challenging. Few people will experience headaches the first day or two and you will need to make adjustments to your lifestyle while you heal. Things like sleeping with your head elevated and avoid blowing your nose.
The first week after your surgery you will need to take a break from work and your normal responsibilities. That’s right, doctor’s orders! Time to relax. The first week after surgery is a great time to catch up on all those binge-worthy shows you’ve been saving on Netflix. (Just avoid anything that might cause you to shed a tear because you seriously can’t blow your nose.)
Most people find that cold compresses help with the initial swelling, and after about 10 days your splint will be removed. It’s at a point when people usually feel comfortable enough to return to their regular activities, although we advise limited activity and no strenuous workouts for 3 weeks after surgery. When your splint is removed, you’ll have a good idea of what your new face will look like although it’s common for swelling to continue for weeks to months as your face heals.
Well unlike some cosmetic procedures Rhinoplasty is a permanent change. (Barring accident or injury of course.) There are a few keys to getting the best results though. Some of it depends on your specific genes and body composition as those certainly play a role in the speed of your healing.
Outside of the gene pool, your personal outlook has a huge effect on your expectations and your happiness with the results of the surgery. Having realistic expectations for how your body will heal and look after healing will greatly contribute to your overall happiness with the procedure. That being said the Rhinoplasty procedures that are being performed today are more accurate, predictable and effective than any other time in history. If it’s something you’ve been considering, it’s worth it to make the call, to hear about your options.
Choosing the right surgeon for a cosmetic procedure is extremely important. Dr. Larsen is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He’s performed over 3000 surgeries including more than 1,700 cosmetic surgeries over his decorated career. We are confident you will feel at ease with Dr. Larsen’s honest and knowledgeable approach.
At Buckhead Plastic Surgery we pride ourselves on establishing a foundation of trust and delivering results that exceed expectations. Call us today to book your consultation. We’re confident that we can help you achieve and enjoy the best version of yourself.
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Alan N. Larsen, MD.
Double Board-Certified Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Larsen established Buckhead Plastic Surgery as a boutique practice to offer world-class, personalized service to women and men throughout the Southeast. Dr. Larsen’s compassion and talent are complemented by his elite training with some of the nation’s finest plastic surgeons.
Alan N. Larsen, MD.Double Board-Certified Atlanta Plastic SurgeonDr. Larsen established Buckhead Plastic Surgery as a boutique practice to offer world-class, personalized service to women and men throughout the Southeast. Dr. Larsen’s compassion and talent are complemented by his elite training with some of the nation’s finest plastic surgeons.
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