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Rhinoplasty Surgery at Our Los Angeles Center

Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping, is consistently one of the most-requested plastic surgery procedures. With a simple nose job, your surgeon can help slim down a too-wide nose, or add width to one that’s too narrow. And bumps, bulges or upturned tips can all be smoothed away surgically. But getting a nose job doesn’t just help improve the look of your nose — if you’re someone who suffers from chronic congestion, sleep apnea and sinus swelling, making a few adjustments to your nose’s shape can also help improve your breathing.

How It Works

For most rhinoplasty surgeries, your surgeon cuts into the nose from inside the nostrils to help minimize visible scarring — though in “open” rhinoplasty, a small incision may also be made on the external part of the nose, in the area between the nostrils. The surgeon then reshapes the nose by removing skin, bone and cartilage or by adding in new tissue that’s either borrowed from another part of the body or is new, medical-grade filler material. Once your surgeon has achieved the look you want, he puts a splint on the outside of the nose and he may also put packing or a dressing inside the nose to help it hold its shape as it heals. In most cases, any internal dressings will be removed after a day or two, but the splint may stay on for more than a week until the swelling subsides a bit.

Recovery

Depending on the extent of rhinoplasty needed and your comfort level, your miVIP surgeon can perform your nose surgery with local anesthesia and sedation or under general anesthesia. Typically, rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, though patients will need to recover at home for a week or more before they’re ready go back to work and other activities (Keep in mind that if your job requires strenuous activity or you lead a very active lifestyle, it may be longer before you can go back to those activities without risking injury or nosebleeds.). You’ll probably experience some pain, swelling, difficulty breathing through your nose and bruising around the nose and eyes for several days after the rhinoplasty. Ice and pain relievers can help speed the recovery, though you can expect to have some lingering swelling for up to a year after your nose job.

If you have chronic sinusitis, sleep apnea or obstructed breathing, your health insurance may cover the cost of a rhinoplasty that helps improve these conditions. But for a purely cosmetic surgery, you will be footing the cost of your nose job.

There are some risks to undergoing a rhinoplasty, including frequent nosebleeds, difficulty breathing through your nose and scarring or malformation of the nose. But for most patients who undergo a nose job, it can lead to a nose that’s more in line with the rest of their face, decreased medical discomfort and more confidence.

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