The nose is a defining feature of an individual’s face, and how one feels about their nose can heavily impact their confidence and self-esteem. If you’re considering rhinoplasty, you’ve come to the right place. Here at East Bay Aesthetic Surgery in Danville and Pleasanton, CA, it’s important to us to prioritize high-quality care and attention to all of our patients, yourself included. We also use only the best methods of administering our treatments, with all of the latest technologies.
Whether you’re considering nose surgery for reconstructive purposes to fix problems such as a deviated septum, or for cosmetic purposes to change the look or shape of your nose, this procedure can greatly enhance your well-being. Even the smallest changes to the nose can produce drastically different results, and the construction of the nose is intricate and complicated. For these reasons, it’s endlessly important to choose a provider that has the necessary expertise. That’s where our practice comes in.
Are the Results of a Nose Job Permanent?
If you’re considering this surgery, you’re probably curious to know how long your results will last. We are happy to inform you that the results of this procedure are generally permanent. Since the treatment goes underneath the skin into the tissue and bone to reshape the appearance of the nose, it’s impossible for the nose to return to its former shape once the treatment is complete. The soft tissue and surrounding skin will naturally conform to the new shape.
The only instance in which a nose procedure would not be permanent is if the site heals improperly and negatively affects the final product. This is only a risk if you go with a provider who doesn’t demonstrate ample knowledge of the inner workings of the nose, or if you do not follow the post-procedural instructions. At our practice, we’ll keep a close eye on the healing process and give detailed post-op instructions, so you’ll know what to expect.
What Is Rhinoplasty?
Otherwise known as a nose job, this procedure involves changing the shape, size, or proportion of your nose. The procedure is completely personalized to the patient, so a nose job will never be exactly the same between two individuals. The treatment can be undergone for a more desirable aesthetic shape or to correct health problems associated with nose defects. The procedure itself involves making precise incisions for the purpose of getting beneath the skin to reshape bones and cartilage.
How Does It Work?
The right plastic surgeon will be an expert on the bone, tissue, and cartilage construction of the nose, and they will understand that even minor changes can make a big difference. The surgeon will begin with inconspicuous incisions near the nostrils or underside of the nose and will then begin sculpting the nose to the patient’s desired shape and appearance.
This could include removing bone and cartilage to reduce the width of the nose and make it smaller, moving cartilage grafts from other areas of the body and placing them in the nose to make it bigger, or repairing defects that affect the patient’s breathing.
What Does This Treatment Help With?
First and foremost, rhinoplasty can help individuals feel more confident and satisfied with their appearance. The nose is the facial focal point because it’s right in the middle, so the nose has the job of tying the face together and is usually something other people typically notice when they’re looking at you. The procedure can reshape and resize the nose to better fit the patient’s face, ultimately enhancing their overall facial harmony.
Additionally, the treatment can improve breathing or eradicate the appearance of nasal deformities, like a past injury that resulted in a broken nose and never healed quite right. Patients who are seeking this procedure for reconstructive purposes can enjoy positive side effects such as better sleeping and less snoring, leading to more restful nights. No matter the reason for undergoing the treatment, all patients can enjoy a boost in their mood, energy levels, and self-esteem.
Am I Eligible?
If you are unhappy with your nose for any reason, whether it’s the overall shape, the appearance of bumps or ridges, the overall size, or health concerns/problems, you’re the candidate we’re looking for. The best candidates for this procedure are also those in generally good health who are above the age of 15 and have fully developed noses. It’s important to hold off on surgery until you’ve completed your facial growth because the procedure could impact future growth.
Ideal patients will also have realistic expectations of the results and will understand the full impact the surgery will have on the patient’s overall facial structure. The best patients will be willing to cease unhealthy lifestyle choices in the timeframe surrounding their appointment, and they should also be willing to follow the pre-treatment and post-treatment guidelines strictly.
Who Is NOT Eligible?
Patients who are currently smoking and have no plans to quit, or those who have recently ceased the habit may not be suitable for treatment. It’s best to wait until you haven’t been smoking for months because the effects of smoking on the body mean the healing process could be compromised or complicated.
Patients with certain medical conditions including uncontrolled high blood pressure, bleeding disorders, or severe nasal allergies should exercise caution and ask their doctor before undergoing this treatment. Patients who have a tendency to develop keloids or are prone to hypertrophic scarring may want to talk with their doctor before considering a nose job, as excessive scarring may be more likely for these patients.
Your Rhinoplasty Procedure
Preparations and Your Consultation
For your consultation with us, we’ll go over everything you’ll need to know about how to prepare, what your unique procedure will entail, and how you can ensure proper healing with no complications after your appointment. We’ll start by giving you a physical exam of the area so we can get familiarized with your nose’s unique shape and construction. We’ll also go over your medical history as well as your current health status to determine your candidacy.
In the weeks before your treatment, you’ll need to prepare your body for surgery. You’ll be instructed to avoid certain medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen, which can increase the risk of bleeding during the procedure. If you want to help guarantee your chances of a successful surgery with uncompromised healing, make sure you avoid alcohol and keep a healthy diet in the weeks before your appointment. We also recommend you arrange to have someone take you home after surgery.
After Your Rhinoplasty Procedure
The recovery period will vary depending on your individual circumstances such as your body’s response to the surgery and the extent of what was treated during your appointment. In the days following your surgery, you’ll have bandages and splints keeping your nose in place and training it to conform to the new shape. Bruising and swelling will typically go down about one to two weeks following your surgery, and all traces of swelling should completely subside in a few months.
For the initial ten days to two weeks after your treatment, you’ll need to keep your nose protected from any possible impacts and direct prolonged sun exposure. Depending on what areas were treated, you may need to opt for contact lenses rather than glasses for the first few weeks. We also ask our patients to avoid rigorous or strenuous activities and take it easy at the gym for several weeks after surgery.
When Will I Be Able To See My Results?
The first signs of improvement should be visible within the first few weeks after your procedure, but it usually takes patients several months before the last of the swelling goes down and they can see the full extent of their benefits. If you follow our post-operative guidelines carefully, protect your nose from impacts and sun exposure, and keep yourself well-hydrated, you’ll be guaranteed to see your results faster than those who don’t follow these guidelines.
We usually tell our patients to keep their heads elevated as much as they possibly can, as this reduces the risk of congestion and helps the swelling subside more quickly. If you can, it’s also best to try to avoid blowing your nose for a few weeks after your treatment. You’ll know you’re seeing the desirable results of your procedure when you begin to notice that your nose has a balanced, refined appearance to it.
Reap Rhinoplasty’s Rewarding Results
When you come in for your session with us, we’ll take the time to get to know you and your goals and work with you to create a customized treatment plan that meets every one of your needs. We use the latest techniques and technology to ensure that your procedure is safe, effective, and tailored to you. To get started, call us right now here at East Bay Aesthetic Surgery in Danville and Pleasanton, CA using the number 925-462-3700.