Rhinoplasty won’t change who you are, but surgery to narrow the width or lift the tip slightly can give you the nose you always knew was yours. Dr. Peter H. Grossman, of Grossman Plastic Surgery in West Hills, California, is a leading expert in nose reshaping. He can help you select a shape that enhances your facial structure and features. An impressive set of skills enables this experienced plastic surgeon to deliver optimal results, whether performing surgical or non-surgical rhinoplasty.
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Rhinoplasty Q & A
What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to improve the shape and appearance of your nose. The nose reshaping surgery can also improve breathing and alleviate issues caused by conditions, such as a deviated nasal septum. Dr. Grossman offers his patients a variety of nose procedures but does not perform nasal implants.
You might consider rhinoplasty for:
- Narrowing the width of your nose
- Reshaping the size and position of your nostrils
- Removing visible bumps on the bridge or your nose
- Adjusting large, wide, or upturned nostrils
What is a deviated nasal septum?
The nasal septum is the structure that divides your nasal cavity in half. It’s made up of bone and cartilage and is sometimes deviated, or off center. Most people have a slight amount of septal deviation without even knowing it.
Some individuals are born with a significant misalignment of the nasal septum or experience an injury to the nose that causes the condition. A severely deviated septum can make it difficult to breathe through your nose and increases your risks of sinus infections. Nose reshaping surgery can correct the alignment and improve airflow.
Is rhinoplasty right for me?
Dr. Grossman will discuss your reasons for rhinoplasty during your first consultation and guide you regarding the benefits of the procedure. Facial growth must be complete before you consider rhinoplasty. Otherwise, you may be a good candidate for surgery if you are generally healthy and have realistic goals regarding how rhinoplasty can improve your appearance.
What is the procedure like?
Dr. Grossman will discuss the surgery with you in detail before scheduling your rhinoplasty. He performs the surgery in the outpatient surgery center. Depending on the type of correction, nose reshaping typically lasts 3 to 4 hours. You’ll spend time in recovery and then be released home the same day. You’ll need someone present to drive you home.
How long will it take for my nose to heal?
You’ll receive detailed instructions on caring for the surgical sites and information about required follow-up visits with Dr. Grossman before you leave the surgery center. Individuals heal at different rates, but most patients recover enough to return to work after two weeks.
If you have a physically demanding job, however, it may be longer before you can resume full work duties. Some activities, such as strenuous exercise, may be restricted for several weeks to give your nose a chance to heal completely.
What is non-surgical rhinoplasty?
Special dermal fillers can be used to reshape the nose from a non-surgical approach. Also known as liquid rhinoplasty, this procedure has gained notoriety on social media for being quick and easy, but it is more involved than most people realize.
A rhinoplasty filler injection is delivered at multiple points. The results aren’t necessarily permanent, but can improve nasal symmetry, smooth out bumps, or reshape the tip of the nose. Some patients use this approach to get realistic results of what a traditional rhinoplasty could do for them.