A rhinoplasty is a very versatile procedure. It can make your nose smaller and thinner, reduce or eliminate bumps and dips on the bridge, reshape and resize the nostrils, and even add volume where needed using augmentations and grafts. It can also reduce a bulbous or protruding tip and add definition to drooping or insufficient tips to create a more pleasing shape. Looking for a Rhinoplasty surgery in Melbourne, FL? The resulting improvement in the appearance of your nose can lead to better self-image as well as increased confidence in social situations, which can be life-changing.
For most people, the nose is the largest and most defining characteristic of their face. A nose that fits in well with your other features can bring balance to your face, while an oversize or awkwardly-shaped nose can seriously harm your face’s overall harmony and aesthetic appeal. Fortunately, rhinoplasty can fix not only these appearance-related problems but also functional issues such as blockages and deviated septum.
Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Good candidates for a nose job include anyone who feels that their nose does not fit with the rest of their face due to size or shape. It also includes those with crooked or asymmetrical noses due either to genetics or accident. Ideally, candidates will have realistic expectations and will go into the surgery looking for improvement rather than perfection.
Your rhinoplasty will begin with a consultation with Dr. Clevens in his Melbourne, FL office. During this meeting, you’ll review your problem areas, and he will evaluate your nose and other facial features to determine what will be surgically possible. Using computer imaging to preview your options, you’ll decide on a course of action and make a plan for the surgery.
Once you’re clear on what you’d like to have done during the rhinoplasty, you may also discuss any additional procedures that you wish to have done at the same time. For example, many patients opt for a chin augmentation together with their nose surgery since the appearance of the chin can greatly influence the perception of the nose.
Dr. Clevens will also discuss with you the details of aftercare and recovery from the procedure as well as any precautions that you should take to minimize the risks of the surgery.
About the Procedure
Most patients prefer to be under general anesthesia so that they are completely unaware of the surgery as it happens, but local anesthesia with intravenous sedation is also a possibility if you have a strong preference. Once you are anesthetized, the procedure will begin.
There are two basic types of rhinoplasty: Closed and open. Dr. Clevens will discuss with you in advance which type you will be having. In a closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are confined to the interior of the nostrils, leaving no visible scars but also restricting surgical access. In an open rhinoplasty, the incisions within the nostrils are joined by another at the base of the nostrils. This allows much better visibility and access for more extensive or more precise jobs, but will leave a nearly-invisible scar at the very base of your nose between the nostrils.
Once the necessary incisions are made, Dr. Clevens will reshape the existing tissue and cartilage, removing excess tissue as necessary. Grafts of cartilage taken from the nasal septum may be added to augment the tip of the nose, and additional fat may be used to add volume. Once everything has been reshaped as needed, the incisions will be closed up, and you’ll be taken off to recover.
After your nose job, you will experience swelling and bruising around the nose and eyes for up to two weeks. For this reason, most patients plan the surgery at a time when they will be able to avoid work and social events for several weeks. Some minor swelling of the nose may persist for up to a year, but it will not be noticeable to anyone but you.
For the first few days after surgery, your nose will be encased in a nasal splint to protect it from bumps, particularly during sleep. There will also be packing inside the nose to provide structural support while the tissues begin to heal, and you may also require an additional support for the tip of the nose. Depending on the extent of the packing, you may have tubes in your nostrils to assist with breathing. During this initial recovery period, you will need to keep your head elevated as much as possible to prevent swelling.
While you may feel better quickly, you should restrict your activities for the first few weeks. Exercise may cause elevated blood pressure, which will increase your risk of swelling and bleeding. If the rhinoplasty involved your nasal bones themselves, you will also need to wait a few weeks before wearing glasses without special supports.
Possible Risks and Complications
Rhinoplasty will expose you to the same risks as any surgery. These include bleeding, infection, and the possibility of hematomas or scarring. In addition to these normal risks, nose surgery has a few specific ones. The most common complication is blockage caused by swelling in the nostrils. This typically resolves on its own, but may require a minor follow-up procedure. Injury to the septum is also a slight possibility. More rarely, a few patients, in particular those who smoke, may develop skin issues from extensive bandaging or from the grafting materials becoming exposed through the skin.
Thinking about a Rhinoplasty in Orlando, FL?
How much can nose surgery cost in Orlando, FL and how much do the best rhinoplasty surgeons charge at the best rhinoplasty clinics in Orlando can be variable.
Rhinoplasty depends a lot on what the patient’s expectations are and what the doctor evaluation of the case offers, so the price can vary. In Orlando, FL however, depending on the complexity of the surgery, prices can range from $ 2000 to $ 10,000.
Another thing you should also keep in mind is the surgeon’s reputation, the location of the clinic, and the season in which you plan to do the rhinoplasty. If you want to know more about a Nose job in Orlando, FL you can take a look at the nose surgical procedures we offer in our practice.
Q- Does a rhinoplasty provide long-lasting results?
A. Yes, so long as it is performed after the nose has finished its development. This usually occurs by the end of adolescence. Once the nose is done growing, any procedures performed on it will have permanent results.
Q- I think the tip of my nose needs to be augmented, but I don’t have much cartilage in my nasal septum. Is there another place to get the grafting material?
A. While autologous cartilage from the nasal septum typically offers the best result in terms of healing, cartilage can also be taken from the ribs, ear, or other locations. There are also silicone implants available that can leave a natural result, but since these are foreign materials, healing is more troublesome, which is why cartilage is preferred when available. The correct solution will depend on your exact case, so try to wait until after your consultation to decide.
Q- Are there any nonsurgical options to improve my nose?
A. There are some, but they can only do so much. Nonsurgical options mostly consist of dermal fillers that can slightly alter the shape of the nose by adding volume in strategic locations. They can help with slight asymmetry, dips, ski-slope noses, and other mild issues. During your consultation, Dr. Clevens can evaluate your situation and determine if a nonsurgical treatment will be helpful in your case.
Q- Will my nose need to be broken during the Nose Surgery?
A. It depends on the case. In some situations, such as when doing a dramatic narrowing of the bridge, it is necessary to narrow the nasal bones themselves, which requires fracturing and resetting them. In other cases, like modifying the tip of the nose, it is not necessary to break the nose. If your nose does need to be broken during surgery, it will cause some additional bruising and may extend recovery time slightly, but you should not experience much additional discomfort.
Q- Will my new nose look natural?
A. A nose job can certainly give natural-looking results. The trick is to focus on creating balance with the entire face rather than narrowly fixating on creating a perfect nose, which may or may not fit in with the face. In general, surgeries that concentrate on refining what is already there will leave more natural results than surgeries that attempt to create an entirely new shape.
Q- What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, septorhinoplasty, or cosmetic nasal surgery is the proper term for what is commonly called a nose job. Rhinoplasty is one of the most complex and rewarding procedures a facial plastic surgeon can perform. The goal of rhinoplasty is to achieve a more harmonious and balanced nasal appearance while improving or maintaining breathing and sinus function. Because Dr. Clevens is a specialist in facial plastic surgery, limiting his practice 100% to facial and nasal surgery, you may confidently join the thousands of other Rhinoplasty patients who have trusted Dr. Clevens to achieve an improved nasal contour.
Q- Why are so many people concerned with the appearance of their nose?
Your nose is literally the center of your face, and though your eyes and lips are mobile and expressive, the nose is the most defining characteristic of the face. Dr. Clevens believes that the nose should be natural in appearance, fitting harmoniously with the patient’s facial characteristics; the nose should not appear operated upon. Women cannot improve the appearance of the nose with the clever use of make-up, as with the lips and eyes which can nearly be transformed at least temporarily by a skilled hand. Good bone structure cannot be faked. Men who have otherwise pleasing appearances may feel their face is overpowered by a too-prominent nose. The nose should inconspicuously blend into your face and allow the rest of your face to take center stage.
If you have ever felt your face would be far more atTRactive if only something about your nose were different, rhinoplasty is an option to explore and carefully consider. Even subtle alterations of your nasal contour or profile can greatly enhance your appearance. Common reasons people seek cosmetic nose job is to alter a nose that is too large, too small, crooked, or to change the contours of the bridge, tip, or nostrils.
Beyond appearances, rhinoplasty can improve nasal function. Traumatic accidents or simply being born with structurally imperfect sinuses can impair proper breathing. In this case, improved breathing can be achieved through rhinoplasty.
Q- How does the size of my the chin influence nasal appearance?
Patients seeking rhinoplasty may be surprised to learn that their chin plays an important role in the overall balance of your facial appearance. People usually only look at themselves from the front, and it is only when they catch themselves in profile that they might realize they have a weak chin. A recessed chin exaggerates nasal imperfections, making even a normal sized nose seem larger, and is easily corrected with the placement of a chin implant. Do not be surprised or offended if improvement of your chin in addition to your rhinoplasty is discussed in your consultation with Dr. Clevens. These procedures are often performed together and greatly enhance one another . If your chin is too small, your nose probably looks too big.
Q- Does Dr. Clevens perform cosmetic nasal surgery often?
Over one hundred men and women each year trust Dr. Clevens to perform nasal surgery. Patients who choose to undergo rhinoplasty performed by Dr. Clevens can expect to achieve improved nasal contour along with an improvement or preservation of breathing and sinus function. You can view many more examples of this procedure in his photo albums during your private consultation, and it will become obvious to you that Dr. Clevens possesses an impeccable sense of aesthetics along with a skilled hand. Rhinoplasty is one of the most intellectually challenging and intricate procedures a facial plastic surgeon seeks to master. Dr. Clevens has achieved his impressive mastery through his extensive technical training and his gifted innate sense of beauty and proportion that is unteachable.
Q- How can Dr. Clevens tell what I want? Does Dr. Clevens offer computerized video imaging?
Dr. Clevens offers complimentary computerized preview imaging to help you gain an idea of what your rhinoplasty results may look like. This is an important interactive component of your consultation with Dr. Clevens and his staff. Video imaging offers the patient the opportunity to convey to Dr. Clevens his or her desires in achieving an improved nasal contour.
Q- Who is the best candidate for rhinoplasty?
Physically healthy people who are unhappy with their nose or are looking for an improvement in their overall appearance or even breathing function may be good candidates for rhinoplasty. As with all aesthetic surgical procedures, patients must be realistic in their expectations.
Q- Are there any age restrictions for undergoing rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty may be performed at any time after facial growth has been completed. This usually translates into age 15-16 for women and age 16-17 for men. In cases where sinus function is compromised due to a traumatic injury or flawed nasal structure, surgery may be appropriate at an earlier age. There is no upper age limit for rhinoplasty.
Q- Where is rhinoplasty performed?
To ensure your safety and comfort, Dr. Clevens performs rhinoplasty in a state-licensed, fully accredited ambulatory surgical facility or outpatient center.
Q- What type of anesthesia is used during the rhinoplasty procedure?
Rhinoplasty may be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. Regardless, a board certified physician MD anesthesiologist will be responsible for administering your anesthesia or sedation. Dr. Clevens and your anesthesiologist will help determine what best suits your particular needs.
Q- How does Dr. Clevens perform rhinoplasty?
During the rhinoplasty procedure, Dr. Clevens makes incisions to separate the skin from its underlying framework. He then sculpts the bone and cartilage to the desired shape, the skin is replaced and the incisions are closed. Dr. Clevens will discuss in-depth with you what alterations are needed to achieve your desired results.
Q- How long does the actual rhinoplasty procedure last?
Rhinoplasty usually takes one to two hours to perform .
Q- Where are the incisions made for rhinoplasty? Are there scars after rhinoplasty?
When performing your nose job, Dr. Clevens may place incisions on the inside of your nose, known as closed rhinoplasty, or he may perform open rhinoplasty, where a small incision made on the underside of the nose between the nostrils. Whether you need an open or closed rhinoplasty will be discussed during your initial consultation. This depends on your individual case.
Q- Is the rhinoplasty procedure painful?
Patients may experience some discomfort as the head and nose may ache at first. This pain is typically mild and pain medication can be prescribed to help relieve any discomfort. Dr. Clevens and his staff are always there for you after your procedure should you encounter anything out of the ordinary after your procedure.
Q- What is the recovery like after rhinoplasty?
After rhinoplasty, some bleeding, swelling and bruising may occur. Much of the swelling fades within two weeks. Dr. Clevens usually does not use nasal packing. Dressings and splints are typically removed within one week..
Patients should know some unnoticeable swelling can remain for as long as a year, and your nasal contour may continue to change and final results may not be seen until that year mark.
Prescription pain medication can help to control any discomfort that patients experience. Dr. Clevens and his staff are devoted to delivering the best aftercare and aid you in the speediest and most comfortable recovery possible.
Q- How much time will I need to take off from work after undergoing rhinoplasty?
Patients are advised to take off one to two weeks of work after their rhinoplasty procedure. Dr. Clevens has an experienced team of medical aestheticians on his staff available to instruct you how to conceal any bruising and swelling that may remain when you are ready to return to your normal routine. After surgery care with our aestheticians is offered as a complimentary service to our patients.
Q- When can I exercise after undergoing rhinoplasty?
Even though you may feel ready to resume your normal physical activities and grow restless within a few days, to achieve the best results of your rhinoplasty, it is very important that you give your body it’s very best chance to recuperate and take it easy. The healing process is a delicate time, and you should cease your exercise regimen and avoid other strenuous activities for several weeks after your procedure. Taking part in any activity where you may be struck in the face, such as tennis or golf, should be avoided until Dr. Clevens feels it’s safe.
You should limit your sun exposure for eight weeks after rhinoplasty as the tissues are still very vulnerable in this time. You should also avoid alcohol consumption before your procedure and during your recovery.
Q- When are the stitches removed after the rhinoplasty procedure?
Dr. Clevens uses dissolving stitches that vanish a few days after your procedure.
Q- What are the risks or complications that can occur with rhinoplasty?
Patients should be informed that every surgical procedure carries certain risks and the potential for complications. The potential complications that may occur with rhinoplasty can include the following: stuffiness for 6-8 weeks following surgery, sensitivity to anesthesia, incomplete improvement, infection, nosebleeds, and the need for additional surgery.
Q- Does insurance cover the cost of rhinoplasty?
If your rhinoplasty procedure is performed solely to achieve a cosmetic benefit, insurance will not provide coverage. In such instances where your breathing function is being affected by your nasal structure, insurance may cover part or all of the cost of the procedure. Dr. Clevens has insurance specialists on staff who can help guide you through this process.
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