Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure performed to correct a wide variety of functional and aesthetic issues in the nose and nasal airways. This type of facial plastic surgery allows surgeons to bring the nose into balance and harmony with the rest of the facial features.
The Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago understands that there is no catch-all approach to rhinoplasty; every nose is unique, which is why each patient at our facility receives personalized care, an individualized course of treatment, and the safest and most innovative techniques. To ensure that a patient’s cultural features are preserved, we are highly skilled in ethnic rhinoplasty techniques.
What Can Rhinoplasty Be Used to Treat?
Surgical rhinoplasty can be used to treat:
- A nasal profile with a depression or hump on the bridge of the nose
- An asymmetrical nose
- A wide or narrow nasal bridge
- A crooked nose
- Large or upturned nostrils
- A rounded or sharp nasal tip
- An enlarged, hooked, or drooping nasal tip
- Breathing issues from a deviated septum or nasal polyps
In cases where a previous rhinoplasty has led to poor or unsatisfying results, revision rhinoplasty is available to correct them.
Testimonial from a Rhinoplasty Patient of Dr. Parit A. Patel
“I recently went to this doctor for my nose. I had a big bump on the top of my nose and it was crooked. Dr. Patel did an amazing job with my nose. He fixed the areas that upset me the most and did not change my whole appearance. I look better but not like a completely different person. Dr. Patel equals natural. Recommend him highly!”
If you have breathing issues due to an airway obstruction or an abnormality in the nasal structure, you may be a candidate for functional rhinoplasty. If you are unhappy with the size, shape, or contours of your nose, aesthetic rhinoplasty may be an option for you.
Patients who smoke or are otherwise not in good physical health are typically not ideal candidates for rhinoplasty. This procedure is only carried out on patients whose facial growth is complete.
Any medical center or clinic you choose should be willing to sit down with you and take the time to explain all aspects of the procedure beforehand, including associated risks and recovery. At the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, we thoroughly review your medical history, speak with you about your expectations, and provide you with an extensive overview of both functional and aesthetic details of rhinoplasty surgery.
All surgical procedures by the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago are performed at top hospitals in Chicago and CMS or AAAASF-certified surgical centers for safety.
First, patients are placed under anesthesia in order to ensure safety and comfort during the procedure. Next, incisions are made to allow the surgeon access to the nose.
Rhinoplasty can be performed by either an open procedure or a closed procedure. In an open procedure, an incision is made along the columella, the thin bridge of tissue that connects the nostrils. In a closed procedure, the incision is hidden inside the nasal cavity.
Surgical modifications are then made, which may involve removing cartilage, using sutures to reshape cartilage, bone contouring, or placement of cartilage grafts. In a functional rhinoplasty procedure, airway obstructions or breathing issues would be amended; the focus of treatment may be enlarged turbinates, nasal polyps, or a deviated septum. It is worth mentioning, however, that both functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty seek to optimize appearance and breathing.
Lastly, once the necessary corrections are made, sutures are placed to close the incisions and the nose is bandaged appropriately.
A rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, so patients are typically able to go home the same day. Midface swelling and bruising are normal. It is very important to follow all instructions given by your surgeon, including medications, wound care, and follow-up appointments.
The sutures are removed during a follow-up appointment. In the interim, patients should keep their head elevated. Do not apply ice directly to the swelling, because it can reduce blood flow in the affected areas.
It will be important to avoid blowing your nose during your healing process unless absolutely necessary. When it is unavoidable, make sure to only blow very gently.
Take around one week off from work for your recovery process. As you are recovering, avoid playing sports and engaging in any other activities that would put your nose at risk for trauma.
Swelling and bruising typically go away over time. The full results of rhinoplasty will be visible after all swelling goes down.
The average cost of rhinoplasty in the United States is approximately $5,125, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. However, this figure will vary depending on geographic location, the plastic surgeon, and your aesthetic goals.
At the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, we will provide you with a detailed cost breakdown during the initial consultation. Most health insurance providers do not cover any of the costs associated with rhinoplasty, so if necessary, speak with your plastic surgeon about potential financing options.
We will make sure that you understand the entire procedure all the way through recovery, and we are always upfront about the associated costs and potential risks involved with plastic surgery. If you are looking for a more youthful and natural-looking appearance, contact the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago today.