Rhinoplasty, popularly known as a nose job, is a cosmetic surgery procedure aimed at improving the shape and size of the nose to create an attractive nose and the right facial balance. Nose surgery may also help to correct structural defects and resolution of breathing difficulties through the nostrils.
If the nose has congenital deformity or has been severely damaged in an accident, a reconstructive rhinoplasty may be performed to restore the natural shape of the nose. Successful and sagacious board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jacob Bloom provides rhinoplasty to patients in Chicago, IL, and surrounding communities in this part of the state.
Rhinoplasty can typically achieve the following cosmetic enhancements in the nose appearance:
Increasing or decreasing the nose size to make it more proportionate to other facial features
- Narrowing or widening the width of the nose at the nasal bridge
- Enhancing nose profile by mitigating conspicuous depressions or humps on the nose bridge
- Refining the nasal tip, which may be drooping, upturned, large or bulbous
- Reshaping large, wide or upturned nostrils
- Correcting asymmetrical or deviated nose
Any person who has attained the full growth of the nose, and is unhappy with its shape or size, or suffers from breathing obstruction through the nose may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty plastic surgery. The candidate should ideally be in good physical health and their age should be at least 13 or older.
They should be a non-smoker or having a commitment to refrain from smoking for a certain period. Patients who are unhappy with the results of previous nose surgery may be candidates for a revision rhinoplasty procedure.
Rhinoplasty may be performed using general anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on the individual case. Open rhinoplasty technique may be used if significant modifications to the nose are involved. In other cases, the surgeon may prefer to perform a closed rhinoplasty.
In case of open nose surgery, the incision will be created across the columella, which is the narrow strip of tissue separating the nostrils. The soft tissue will be lifted through the incision so that the surgeon can access and reshape the underlying nasal structures.
Closed rhinoplasty, on the other hand, involves small incisions made inside the nostrils. This results in no visible scarring on the outside. A skilled surgeon may choose this technique to make subtle improvements to the nose in a less invasive way.
Rhinoplasty may sometimes involve cartilage grafting to augment the nasal structure. In case of a deviated septum, the surgeon will straighten it surgically and reduce the interior projections to facilitate better breathing. Once the nose structure has been sculpted to give the desired shape, the surgeon will re-drape the skin and tissue over the nose and close the incisions.
Nose surgery may involve additional incisions within the natural creases, if the patient requires a change in the size of the nostrils. Rhinoplasty will typically involve an initial recovery of about one week. Experienced and golden cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bloom receives patients from Chicago, IL, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty.