Aventura, FL Rhinoplasty and Nose Surgery Experts
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job,” is a plastic surgery procedure designed to reshape the nose to enhance its appearance or function. This is often used to make the nose better fit the face, such as increasing or decreasing the overall size, removing a hump, reshaping the bridge, altering the size of the nostrils, raising or reshaping the tip of the nose, or a myriad of other changes. It can also be used to improve the function of the nose, often helping to treat snoring or other impediments to breathing. Often, the nose can be both aesthetically and functionally enhanced at the same time.
In this article: What is Rhinoplasty? | Who Gets a Nose Job | Why Dr. Galitz and Aventura? | Will There Be Scarring? | How Long is Recovery? | A Happy Customer | Contact Us
Who Gets a Nose Job?
Every year thousands of people in the Miami, FL area choose to undergo nose surgery as a means of improving their appearance and health. Generally, this surgery is only performed on adults whose noses have finished growing (typically around the age of fourteen or after). Once seen as a thing to be kept secret, rhinoplasty has become widely accepted with many celebrities, athletes, and others undergoing the procedure. In fact, in 2012 there were more than 240,000 rhinoplasty procedures performed in the United States, making it the second most popular form of plastic surgery (second only to liposuction).
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Is Rhinoplasty A Good Idea? Reasons For Getting A Nose Job
Nose jobs are an incredibly popular cosmetic procedure since they serve multiple functions. Not only can they improve the symmetry of your face they can improve breathing issues. There are two main reasons for getting a nose job, cosmetic and medical.
Cosmetic Reasons For A Nose Job
If you are looking to have rhinoplasty solely for cosmetic purposes it is typically to deal with one of the following issues:
- Crooked Nose
- A Hump on the Bridge of The Nose
- Excess Cartilage At Tip Creating A Hook Nose
- Excess Cartilage At Tip Creating A Bulbous Nose
- Lack of Cartilage At Tip Creating A Pig Nose
- Misshapen Nostrils
- Wide Nose or Narrow Nose
Often when dealing with the shape of the nose there are underlying medical issues as well, such as a deviated septum – where the thin wall between your nasal passages is not straight and bends to one side making one of your nasal passages thinner – which can cause breathing issues. Rhinoplasty is a very effective way to correct the following medical issues:
- Deviated septum
- Deformity Caused By Injury or Trauma
- Nasal Passage Inflammation Caused By Chronic Allergy Issues
- Nasal Polyps
- Cleft Palate or Cleft Lip.
When rhinoplasty is deemed medically necessary it is often covered by most medical insurance plans. If you are dealing with breathing issues or the shape of your nose has been damaged due to injury contact our Miami Plastic Surgery office for a rhinoplasty consultation today.
What Makes Aventura Plastic Surgery The #1 Choice for a Rhinoplasty in Miami?
Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Galitz is a rhinoplasty expert. He is a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, otolaryngologist, and head and neck surgeon. Having performed over 3,500 rhinoplasties throughout his career, he has extensive experience in complicated rhinoplasties including revision rhinoplasty. Dr. Galitz performs rhinoplasty in the office’s surgical suite in Aventura, Florida. Typical procedures take just 1-2 hours to complete making Dr. Galitz the choice for any type of nose surgery in Miami. Looking for other procedures? Dr. Galitz and his team are also the go-to botox and filler experts in Miami.
Will There Be Scarring?
Most nose jobs do not result in any scarring but there are two different approaches for rhinoplasty that will determine whether there will be a visible scar or not. An “open” approach is when a small incision is made on the columella (the column of skin between the nostrils). This approach may result in a small scar on the columella but it is not usually visible. The second approach is called a “closed” approach and this is when the incisions are confined to the inside of the nose, resulting in no visible scarring. The choice between open and closed rhinoplasty will depend on the particular case, but in either instance scarring is either completely concealed or hardly noticeable. There are a number of different techniques that may be used to reshape the nose depending on the condition to be addressed that can range from simple reduction rhinoplasty to more extensive cartilage grafting and augmentation.
How Long Does it Take to Recover from a Nose Job?
The recovery after nose surgery typically takes approximately one to two weeks. Many of our patients think of this recovery time as a small vacation. Since we’re located in a tropical climate, it’s the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy the weather before returning to work. During recovery, a splint is applied to the nose that remains in place for one to two weeks. Some discomfort, swelling, bleeding, and bruising may occur, but will usually mostly dissipate within two weeks. However, some minor swelling can last for as much as a year. Stitches are removed within five to seven days, and patients can usually return to work in just one week. Patients are typically able to resume exercise and other strenuous activities after two weeks. But, as with any surgery, there are potential risks. These are generally related to aesthetics, as rhinoplasty itself is a very safe procedure.
What NOT To Do After Having A Nose Job
A nose job procedure or rhinoplasty can greatly improve the symmetry of your face. It’s important after you’ve had this surgery performed to take care of your nose and face to ensure the results are the best they can possibly be. Here are a few tips of things you would want to avoid:
- Don’t Touch or Bump Your Nose – In the days and weeks after your nose job it’s important to avoid touching your nose completely if possible. It means taking extra care when pulling clothes over your head, drinking from a glass, or even playing with pets and children.
- Don’t Blow Your Nose – This can be difficult but avoiding the need to blow your nose or even sneeze greatly increases the chances of your nose job turning out the way you want. Before and after your surgery avoid people who are sick and remember to practice good hand hygiene.
- Don’t Lie Down Flat – After your nose job procedure make sure to prop your head up higher than the level of your heart when you sleep to avoid swelling and excessive bleeding during the healing process.
- Don’t Wear Glasses – The pressure of the glasses on the bridge of your nose can damage the sensitive cartilage causing a permanent indent in some cases. If possible wear contact lenses or avoid situations where you need to wear your glasses.
- Don’t Be In The Sun Too Long – Your facial skin will be sensitive for weeks or even months after your nose job. It’s important to avoid getting a sunburn as this can potentially cause discoloration in your skin. After your nose job is healed make sure to use an effective sunscreen moving forward.
- Don’t Wear Makeup – Wearing makeup can increase your chances of getting an infection at the surgery site. It is best to wait until your qualified plastic surgeon has assessed the healing of your nose job and given you the okay.
It is always best when having plastic surgery of any kind to speak with your plastic surgeon about the possible complications and to follow their post-operative instructions the best that you can. Doing this will help to ensure your nose job or other procedure’s results are what you were hoping for.
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Contact an Experienced Aventura Rhinoplasty Surgeon Today
When you are looking for a plastic surgeon near you to handle your rhinoplasty surgery, you want one that you can trust. Dr. Galitz is a Miami rhinoplasty expert and has been performing nose surgeries for over 30 years. He is double board-certified, a Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the prestigious American College of Surgeons. As well as an assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Contact Dr. Galitz today!
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