The goal of rhinoplasty is to improve your overall appearance by subtly altering the size and/or shape of your existing nose, bringing it into proportion with the rest of your facial features by:
- Improving the profile of the nose by eliminating a bump or hump on the bridge
- Correcting a nose that is crooked or off-center
- Reducing a nose that is too big or enlarge a nose that is too small
- Narrowing the width of the bridge and/or nostrils
- Improving the appearance of the tip of the nose
- Correcting breathing problems due to structural defects of the nose or nasal passages
What can rhinoplasty not do? It cannot create an entirely new nose or alter other aspects of your appearance, so it is important to have realistic expectations and goals from the outset. Describing what specifically about your nose you want to change is a very important part of your consultation, as it helps Dr. Bloom create a customized treatment plan for you.
At Bloom Plastic Surgery in Chicago, IL, Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jacob Bloom understands the tremendous psychological impact that dissatisfaction with your nose can have on your self-esteem, your self-confidence, and even on your social and professional life. His goal is to create a warm, welcoming practice where you will feel 100% comfortable discussing your concerns. He will work closely with you to develop a customized surgical plan designed to achieve those goals and make the precise, careful changes required to bring your nose into beautiful balance with your facial contours.
What should I expect during the procedure?
Most rhinoplasties can be performed on an outpatient basis under IV sedation; the procedure usually takes between one and two hours depending on the details of each unique surgical plan.
Today’s advanced techniques enable the surgeon to manipulate the underlying structures of the nose through a small incision on the columella (the strip of tissue separating the nostrils), otherwise known as an “open” rhinoplasty. This approach allows the surgeon to achieve more precise results because he can see the internal structures of the nose during the procedure. Because the incision is so small, it usually heals with only minimal, barely-noticeable scarring.
In some cases, however, an open rhinoplasty may not be appropriate and an alternate approach may be required. During a so-called “closed” rhinoplasty, incisions are located inside the nostrils.
A revision rhinoplasty is appropriate for patients who have had a prior rhinoplasty. This procedure is more complex because the surgeon must account for previous alternations to the shape, size, and structure of the nose. Revision rhinoplasty usually require a longer procedure time than a primary rhinoplasty.
What should I expect after the procedure?
When you emerge from surgery, you will likely notice that a splint has been applied to the nose to help it maintain its new shape. Nasal packs or soft splints may be inside the nostrils to support the internal structures of the nose; this packing will be removed the day after the procedure. Most patients experience some minor discomfort immediately after the procedure, as well as swelling and bruising around the eyes and nose. We recommend frequent icing to help reduce the swelling, and suggest patients keep the head elevated as much as possible, including sleeping upright.
At the end of the first week, we can usually remove the splint and take out any sutures or stitches. The bruising should have faded by this point and the new shape of your nose should be visible. However, it is important to be patient: swelling usually persists for three to four weeks. Most patients can return to work and light activities after five to seven days and resume all normal activities within six weeks. It can take up to a year for the nose to take its final shape.
*Individual results may vary. Results not guaranteed.
Why Choose Dr. Bloom?
Why select Chicago-native Dr. Jacob Bloom as your plastic surgeon? Because when it comes to something as important as your appearance, you want a highly-skilled, caring surgeon whom you can trust to make your health, your comfort, and your beauty his top priority!
Lead plastic surgeon at Bloom Plastic Surgery in Chicago, IL, Dr. Jacob Bloom is Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. His knowledge of today’s advanced surgical techniques, backed by his years of training in New York and at Harvard University, enable him to develop customized treatment plans designed to match the unique goals of each and every patient, while delivering long-lasting results that will subtly—yet still dramatically—enhance your natural beauty.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of rhinoplasty with Dr. Bloom, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule your consultation today. We look forward to hearing from you!