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Rhinoplasty before and after: what can I expect?

Rhinoplasty before and after: what can I expect?-1

First impressions are a critical part of social engagements, workplace networking, and romantic relationship building. A person’s nose serves as a critical facial focal point, and these first impressions are permanently engraved in people’s memory. Many people are born with asymmetrical, dysmorphic or a disproportionate nose that does not accentuate the rest of their facial features or it may have been injured in some traumatic event. This can cause many health issues as well as decrease a person’s self-esteem and self-confidence.

Thankfully, there is a surgical option for these people. Commonly called a nose job, it can produce dramatic​​​​​​​ and health boosting rhinoplasty before and after results. This surgery can correct breathing problems, deviated septums, obstructed airways, and other obstructions, abnormalities, as well as creating a more aesthetically pleasing nasal structure custom tailored to an individual's facial structure.

Who is a candidate?

Many individuals who choose this surgery are looking for a cosmetic procedure to improve the size and shape of their nose. These candidates may also be suffering from breathing discomfort or difficulties and need such a procedure for medical reasons. Prime candidates for these treatment are in good mental and physical health, realize the risks associated and the recovery time, and have realistic goals and expectations about the difference rhinoplasty before and after can make.

What is the cost?

​​​​​​​A rhinoplasty procedure can cost between $3,000 and $15,000 USD depending on the area, the surgeon's experience and reputation, how complex your treatment will be, costs of anesthesia, and requirements for care during your recovery all contribute to the final cost. If the surgery is being performed for cosmetic reasons, it is unlikely that insurance will cover any part of the expenses. However, the treatment may qualify for financing from a variety of sources. Insurance is more likely to include a surgery that has been deemed medically necessary. Prior to such a surgery, one can brag with some great rhinoplasty before and after results.

Choosing a surgeon

It is imperative to seek out a qualified individual to complete your procedure. Choosing a physician who is a licensed plastic surgeon is the first step in checking qualifications. In the United States, you should look for a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. This prestigious qualification lets you know that the doctor complies with the toughest and most stringent standards and policies concerning ethics and patient safety. Your doctor should also be certified by the medical board in your state.When you go into a doctor’s office, ask to see any other qualifications they have. This will give you an idea of their current level of experience, how dedicated they are to performing to a high standard of quality in the field and what kind of rhinoplasty before and after results you can expect. If a surgeon operates within an established hospital system, it shows that they have taken the time to pass all of the hospital’s strict quality and safety standards. Checking out the surgical facility is also an important step when choosing a plastic surgeon. Look for cleanliness and accreditations of the facility.

​​​​​​​Ask to see the surgeon’s previous work. Most plastic surgeons are proud of the work they have accomplished, and they have galleries hanging in the office or in binders for prospective customers to look through. Your doctor should have a portfolio of rhinoplasty before and after images, and sometimes patient descriptions for you to look through and ask about. These surgeons are like artists, and each will have a different approach and style that you should be familiar will before agreeing to become his or her patient.

Available procedure options

Augmentation Rhinoplasty

This popular technique for reshaping the nose relies on adding bone or other tissue to build up the bridge or nasal tip to achieve a pleasing shape. Cartilage from other parts of the body can be used in this procedure, and often it is taken from the septum, rib bone, or other areas of the body containing cartilage. Also, synthetic material can be added to improve its shape.

Reduction Rhinoplasty

This is one of the most common surgeries to reshape the nose. One of the main goals of this procedure is to create a nose that is more proportionate to the patient’s facial features. The main issues that this surgery can correct are bumps that are on the bridge, extra long nasal tip, overly flared nostrils. By removing pieces of bone and cartilage, the surgeon can achieve results that are pleasing to the patient.

Post-Traumatic Rhinoplasty

After a traumatic injury, a person can undergo this procedure to achieve both the look of their nose before the injury and to restore functionality of the nasal passages. Often, doctors will have to rebreak the nose to correct previous fractures. In these cases, recovery will be much faster and easier if the patient is seen within two weeks of the initial injury.

Reconstructive Rhinoplasty

This form of nasal surgery helps those who have lost nasal tissue. This tissue can be removed for a variety of reasons, from injuries to disease processes. Patients then need reconstructive surgery to restore normal appearance and function. This is a very complicated procedure that often requires skin grafts, taking tissue from other areas of the body to reconstruct the nasal bridge, flap techniques, and other advanced surgical methods. When choosing a surgeon to perform this operation, make sure to look into their past experience.


​​​​​​​Correcting a deviated septum can have health benefits for patients. The septum is the part of the nose that separates the two nasal passages from the place that they emerge from the skull down to the tip of the nose. When a person suffers from a deviated septum, this piece of bone and cartilage curves around more towards one nostril. This creates unequal nasal passages and can cause reduced or blocked airflow to one side. Eventually, tissue damage and death can occur. An experienced plastic surgeon can reshape and straighten this part of the nose.

What are the risks?

​​​​​​​●      Patients are placed under general anesthesia, so all of the standard risks from those medications apply, allergic reactions, difficulty breathing, cardiac problems. Swelling and bruising around the eyes and cheekbones may occur.

●      The nose will be swollen and painful during the first part of the healing process.

●      Patients will need to sleep with their heads elevated, and you will not be able to pull clothes over your  head for the first forty-eight hours after surgery.

●      Some scarring may result, even though surgeons try to minimize this risk.

●      Postoperative infections may occur.

●      Chronic nosebleeds, blood collecting under the skin, burst blood vessels, and numbness in the area are the most common side effects.

Thanks for reading our article. If you liked it, then you are sure to love all the other articles, case studies, and news posts made by the thousands of healthcare providers that use HospitalHippo. If you are looking for information about rhinoplasty or you want to see rhinoplasty before and after pictures or you want to contact a provider directly, you can do so through their Provider Page. They would be able to advise you on what best suits your needs.