Reshape Your Nasal Structure to Improve Form and Functionality
Our noses are one of our most unique facial features. Unfortunately, genetics, ethnic characteristics, and nasal trauma can cause us to develop insecurities about the size and shape of our noses.
In addition to aesthetics, many individuals deal with functional nose problems caused by facial injury or deviated septums, making it difficult to breathe properly.
Rhinoplasty — or nose surgery — is performed to refine the appearance and improve the functionality of the nose.
What Is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job,” changes the way the nose looks and/or functions. The procedure can help a patient achieve a more balanced appearance, and it can improve breathing.
Plastic surgeons consider rhinoplasty one of the most complicated cosmetic surgeries to perform. This is because the nasal passages are delicate, and the nose is relatively small. It takes a talented specialist like Dr. Ali Sadeghi to sculpt the nose and deliver a natural result.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
It’s critical that you consult with a board-certified surgeon to determine if you are a viable candidate for rhinoplasty.
Patients with one or more of the following conditions may want to consider rhinoplasty:
- Dorsal hump — a bump at the bridge of the nose
- Asymmetry — a nose that is deviated or twisted
- Nasal width — a nose that is too narrow or too wide
- Nasal airway problems — septal deviation and internal valve collapse
- Prominent nasal tip — a large nasal tip that is round, bulbous, or disproportionate to the face
- Post-traumatic deformities — misshapen nasal features after trauma or injury
Rhinoplasty patients should be in good health and should refrain from smoking, as nicotine use can lead to poor blood flow and increase the risk of tissue damage.
Candidates for rhinoplasty must have already reached maturity. Girls should ideally be at least 15 or 16 years old before having rhinoplasty, and boys should be at least 17 or 18.
What Are the Benefits of Rhinoplasty?
When you are unhappy with how your nose looks, it can adversely affect how you feel about your appearance and socially interact with others. Therefore, a successful rhinoplasty can boost your confidence.
Difficulties breathing (from either a deviated septum or facial injury) can impact many other areas of your health. For instance, patients may be more prone to developing headaches, nose bleeds, or sinus infections. Patients may also have trouble sleeping and may even experience sleep apnea (where you stop breathing periodically during times of rest). A nose job improves the way your nose operates with related improvements in your overall quality of life.
How Is Rhinoplasty Performed?
Rhinoplasty is performed either under general or local anesthesia with sedation as an outpatient procedure. This surgery usually takes an hour and a half to three hours to complete.
Rhinoplasty is a highly individualized surgery, and the methods and techniques that Dr. Sadeghi uses vary based on the patient’s individual needs. Dr. Sadeghi may reposition, add, or remove bone or cartilage as needed to improve the appearance and function of the nose.
Rhinoplasty is performed taking an “open” or “closed” approach.
What Is Open Rhinoplasty?
With open rhinoplasty, Dr. Sadeghi makes an incision across the columella (the strip of skin separating the nostrils), and the skin is lifted to reveal the nasal structures underneath.
More complicated procedures requiring cartilage grafts and manipulation of the nose’s shape are carried out with the open technique.
What Is Closed Rhinoplasty?
Closed rhinoplasty involves incisions made inside the nostrils only (with no external scarring).
Rhinoplasties that require less manipulation, such as removing nasal bumps or humps, are performed with the closed approach.
How Much Is Rhinoplasty in New Orleans, LA?
The cost of your rhinoplasty will vary depending on the techniques performed and any facial procedures being performed in combination.
Some rhinoplasty patients choose to combine their rhinoplasty with:
Dr. Sadeghi will provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your one-on-one consultation.
What Can I Expect After Rhinoplasty?
How Long Is My Rhinoplasty Recovery?
While each rhinoplasty patient recovers at their own pace, most patients experience the dissipation of the initial swelling and bruising after the first 10 to 14 days. Patients are often able to return to work after a week. During this time, it is important to keep your head elevated — even while resting. This will help ensure proper circulation, which can help reduce swelling.
The initial recovery is relatively quick, but it can take up to a year for the nose to completely stabilize.
Will I Have Scars After My Rhinoplasty?
Even though rhinoplasty consists of well-hidden incisions, it can still create visible scar tissue.
Rhinoplasty patients who experience excess scar tissue will likely develop it around the nasal tip region.
Because this area may appear swollen for a time after the procedure, you should raise any concerns about post-op scarring with Dr. Sadeghi.
Will My Rhinoplasty Results Be Permanent?
When rhinoplasty is performed on a fully matured nose, the results are not expected to change, and the surgery is essentially permanent. However, some changes in nasal shape are natural with age. Additionally, there is no guarantee of the way your rhinoplasty will heal.
Patients who are unhappy with the results of their rhinoplasty (either initially or down the line) can consider undergoing revision rhinoplasty.
Why Choose Doctor Nola?
Dr. Ali Sadeghi is a double board-certified New Orleans-area plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. In addition to his world-class education and training, Dr. Sadeghi has performed thousands of procedures, including numerous rhinoplasties, throughout his storied career.
At the Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery, rhinoplasty patients receive compassionate, one-on-one care in a welcoming environment. The center uses state-of-the-art surgical techniques to achieve outstanding results with rhinoplasty and other plastic surgery procedures.
For nearly 20 years, Dr. Sadeghi has provided the highest quality cosmetic procedures to his patients and has built a reputation as a leader in his field.
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“I had Rhinoplasty with Sadeghi Plastic Surgery a few months ago and I must say that the procedure was one of the best decisions I ever made. I feel more confident than ever. I was really nervous going in because I know that the recovery can take a while but Dr. Sadeghi put me at ease and said everything will go perfectly. 2 months on, I couldn’t be happier with how my nose looks. Swelling has gone down and I’m glad for the advice and support from his clinic.”
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“Growing up, I was bullied for how my eyes and nose looked. After graduation, I persuaded my parents so I could have eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty. They agreed so I felt happy that I can get rid of the sources for my insecurity. Sadeghi Plastic Surgery was my mom’s pick because she researched their procedures, they are board-certified and they have good feedback. Their office looked sophisticated and the staff was friendly to me. I am currently recovering but I can’t wait to see the results.”
Edwin Miller ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I knew that there were some risks involved when you get plastic surgery so I wanted to be in good hands so my first choice was Sadeghi Plastic Surgery for rhinoplasty for my nose. I heard great things that they have an excellent plastic surgeon in NOLA. It has been around 4 weeks now and I can see the results and it is exactly what I wanted.”
Frequently Asked Questions About Nose Surgery
Is rhinoplasty painful?
Rhinoplasty is performed under anesthesia for your comfort and safety.
Following the procedure, you may experience some minor pain in the early stages of healing. Over-the-counter pain medication, such as TYLENOL®, can usually alleviate the symptoms.
How can rhinoplasty improve my nose’s function?
While rhinoplasty is typically considered a cosmetic procedure, it can also improve the function of the nose. A deviated septum (the cartilage between the nostril structure) or another structural imperfection within the nose can cause breathing problems. Even a slight deformity, from trauma or naturally occurring, can cause ongoing discomfort.
Dr. Sadeghi corrects the nasal structure by repairing a deviated septum to balance out and clear the airways. This will greatly reduce symptoms, thereby allowing the patient to breathe easier and get more restful sleep.
What measures help prevent rhinoplasty-related scarring?
Here are things you can do to reduce the occurrence of scar tissue following a rhinoplasty:
- Don’t smoke or drink – Nicotine constricts the blood vessels and contributes to poor healing, including scarring. Alcohol causes skin dehydration and can promote swelling and bleeding.
- Follow your surgeon’s recovery instructions – These guidelines help you heal faster. By following these instructions, you can avoid complications and quickly achieve the desired results.
- Don’t strain yourself – Any physical activity that causes a spike in your blood pressure may increase your risk of developing scars.
What is non-surgical rhinoplasty?
The non-surgical nose job is an alternative for some patients interested in improving the shape of their nose without undergoing surgery. The benefits of a non-surgical nose job are faster results and quicker healing time.
A nose job without surgery makes use of injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic and Restylane® to shape the nose. These fillers allow patients to obtain fast results with minimal recovery.
When the nasal imbalance is minor, a non-surgical nose job can sometimes provide patients with exceptional results and a better overall appearance.