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. A rhinoplasty sculpts the structures of the nose for a more symmetrical and attractive facial feature.
Frequently Asked Questions About a Rhinoplasty
Q: Am I a good rhinoplasty candidate?
A: Patients seeking a rhinoplasty are dissatisfied with the size and/or shape of their nose. Men and women considering a 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 a rhinoplasty?
A: A rhinoplasty is commonly performed on teenagers to improve their emotional and social discomfort. Teens considering a 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 a rhinoplasty should be socially and emotionally adjusted.
Q: What type of anesthesia is used during a rhinoplasty?
A: You will receive general anesthesia during your rhinoplasty to ensure your comfort.
Q: What is the difference between an 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 a rhinoplasty?
A: Every surgical procedure poses some possibility of risk and complications. These complications are infrequent when a 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 a 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.