When the nose doesn’t create an attractive, harmonious balance with your other facial features, it can significantly impact your self-confidence. Patients may have a naturally disproportional nose, whereas others may find that trauma to the nasal structures has affected their appearance. Rhinoplasty sculpts the structures of the nose for a more symmetrical and attractive facial feature.
Frequently Asked Questions About Rhinoplasty
Q: Am I a good rhinoplasty candidate?
A: Patients seeking rhinoplasty are dissatisfied with the size and/or shape of their nose. Men and women considering rhinoplasty should be in good health and have realistic expectations about their results. You shouldn’t smoke for six weeks prior to your surgery.
Q: How old do you have to be to undergo rhinoplasty?
A: Rhinoplasty is commonly performed on teenagers to improve their emotional and social discomfort. Teens considering rhinoplasty should have fully developed facial growth, which occurs around 15 years of age in girls and 17 years of age for boys. Teens undergoing rhinoplasty should be socially and emotionally adjusted.
Q: What type of anesthesia is used during rhinoplasty?
A: You will receive general anesthesia during your rhinoplasty to ensure your comfort.
Q: What is the difference between open and closed rhinoplasty?
A: An open rhinoplasty uses an incision placed on the outer structure of the nose between the nasal passages. A closed rhinoplasty uses incisions placed only inside the nasal passages.
Q: What are the potential risks associated with rhinoplasty?
A: Every surgical procedure poses some possibility of risk and complications. These complications are infrequent when rhinoplasty is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. However, some complications can develop that are out of the surgeon’s control, which include infection, nosebleed, and a reaction to anesthesia.
Q: What will my rhinoplasty consultation entail?
A: Each rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Hochstein focuses on ensuring patient comfort. The goal of your consultation is to evaluate whether you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty and to discuss your goals. You will discuss your medical history, including past facial trauma. VECTRA® 3D Imaging may be used during your consultation to provide you and Dr. Hochstein with a clearer idea of your desires.