As the central feature of the face, the nose plays an important role in one’s overall appearance. However, many people feel uncomfortable about the size, shape, or alignment of their nose and opt to have cosmetic surgery to create a more attractive face with better proportions.
The goal of a rhinoplasty procedure at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland is to help patients achieve a natural-looking nose that blends seamlessly and proportionally with their other features. Rhinoplasty is typically performed as an outpatient procedure at our Baltimore office location. To find out if rhinoplasty is right for you, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg.
Rhinoplasty is commonly referred to as a “nose job.” The surgery is intended to change the shape, size, or projection of the nose, ultimately resulting in a more proportionate look that is harmonious with the other facial features. And in addition to purely cosmetic enhancements, rhinoplasty can also be useful in improving the function of the nose and address breathing problems.
A rhinoplasty can include making changes to the three major components and contributors to nose shape: bone, cartilage, and skin. There is no one-size-fits-all rhinoplasty procedure, which means choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your Baltimore plastic surgery is important. Only board-certified plastic surgeons have the training and skill to customize procedures to meet your unique and specific aesthetic needs.
A rhinoplasty can improve symmetry, remove a hump on the bridge of the nose, reduce a wide bridge or nostrils, or revise an enlarged, drooping, bulbous, or upturned nasal tip, among other concerns. Although a subtle change in nose shape may seem insignificant, perfecting the shape of the nose creates balance and proportion for all your facial features.
In terms of nose function, a rhinoplasty procedure can also be used to correct a deviated septum, reduce enlarged turbinates, and correct a cleft lip. Increasing the function of the nose has many benefits, from decreasing snoring symptoms and shortness of breath to lowering the risk of chronic sinus infections.
See before and after pictures of actual rhinoplasty patients.
It’s important when considering a rhinoplasty procedure in Baltimore to have realistic expectations of the potential results. Yes, a rhinoplasty is a highly effective way to correct undesirable characteristics of the nose, but it is limited by your underlying anatomy and the safest effective techniques.
In your consultations with Dr. Rosenberg, he will provide detailed guidance on how to best address your concerns, as well as preliminary photos to demonstrate what your nose will look like after nose surgery. Results take time to appear, and may not exactly match your expectations. If this is the case, Dr. Rosenberg is able to perform revision rhinoplasty to correct undesirable results.
Because a rhinoplasty is a complicated facial plastic surgery, candidates must be in good health. In addition, Dr. Rosenberg recommends that patients undergo rhinoplasty for the right reasons: to boost self-confidence by being able to enjoy the shape and function of their nose, rather than wanting to fit in with someone else’s idea of beauty.
In addition, good candidates for rhinoplasty should be non-smokers, as smoking inhibits the body’s ability to heal, and their faces should be finished developing. People who have bleeding disorders or are on certain medications may not be eligible for rhinoplasty. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenberg.
There are many techniques used to achieve small but important changes in nose shape and function during a rhinoplasty. As a double board-certified Baltimore plastic surgeon, Dr. Rosenberg is capable of personalizing a rhinoplasty procedure to meet your unique goals.
Rhinoplasties can be done under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The procedure can either be open or closed. A closed rhinoplasty means any incisions are made inside the nose, whereas an open one uses an incision across the strip of tissue between the nostrils, called the columella, to allow greater access.
Depending on the desired results, bone, cartilage, and/or skin may be removed, transferred, or restructured to meet your expectations. When Dr. Rosenberg is finished, he will suture any incisions and support the nostrils with splints or packing material to promote healing.
Although rhinoplasty is a complex and delicate surgery, most patients do not report much pain in the days after surgery. Side effects are temporary and may include bruising, swelling, and discomfort. Dr. Rosenberg will have prepared instructions for at-home care in the days and weeks that follow rhinoplasty that patients should follow closely for optimal results.
Most patients are able to return to work and light activities in as little as one week. Seeing full results, however, is another story. Your nose will need to heal for several months up to a year, and may not settle into its final appearance until it is fully healed. Any revision rhinoplasty must be scheduled after the nose is fully healed when the corrective surgery will be safe and accurate.
Whether for medical or aesthetic reasons, a rhinoplasty is a highly effective way to make a subtle but significant change to your appearance and/or health. To learn more about rhinoplasty or any of the other body contouring procedures we perform at our plastic surgery center in Baltimore, Maryland, call us at 410-324-3071 or contact us online. In your consultation with Dr. Rosenberg, you can discuss your concerns and aesthetic goals and create a personalized plan for naturally beautiful results.