One of the most defining facial structures is the nose. Aesthetic nose modifications aim to refine and soften specific characteristics of the nose, enhancing your face’s overall appearance. At Aesthetic Surgery Center, Dr. Macdonald offers subtle rhinoplasty in San Francisco to balance your face without necessarily changing your look.
Your doctor will review your initial consultation expectations to develop the ideal surgical approach that will attain a successful outcome.
Your surgeon will conduct an additional systematic nasal evaluation. For example, evaluating your nasal symmetry, frontal angle height, lateral cartilages, and tip projections to understand the current state of your nose.
Types of nose surgery
- Primary rhinoplasty
A patient’s first aesthetic nasal surgery is known as primary rhinoplasty. The most popular primary rhinoplasty procedure enhances nasal soft tissue contours.
- Revision rhinoplasty
Any subsequent nasal surgery procedure is secondary or revision rhinoplasty and is the most artistically complicated aesthetic facial procedure.
- Functional nasal surgery
This operative procedure focuses on remedying nasal functional issues, for example, a deviated septum that impairs the airway causing breathing difficulties.
- Septoplasty or turbinate reduction
This procedure focuses on the nasal septum eliminating nasal airway obstruction.
The combination of septoplasty and rhinoplasty aims to fix nasal functionality while enhancing the structure.
What to expect during a nasal surgery procedure
A rhinoplasty procedure is usually outpatient but depends on the type and complexity of your operation. The process takes about 1-4 hours.
First, your surgeon will administer local anesthesia. You will be asleep during the procedure. For local anesthesia, a sedative is required to help you relax during the process while numbing the treatment site.
Nasal operations involve making incisions through the nostrils and reshaping the bone and cartilage, producing an enhanced appearance. Your surgeon will perform a rhinoplasty procedure using:
- Closed approach: The nasal bone and cartilage are accessed intranasally, leaving no scar.
- Open approach: Your surgeon will make an incision just above the base of your nostrils to access the bone and cartilage. This approach leaves a scar that is not noticeable after complete healing.
Recovering from a nasal operation
- During the first week of recovery, you will wear a nasal splint and surgical bandage to hold the nose in the proper healing position.
- After surgery, it is normal to experience bruising and slight swelling around the eyes. The swelling and bruising usually improve in a few days or weeks.
- Slight nasal swelling is usually not noticeable and will take months to heal completely. After complete healing, your final nasal shape will be apparent.
- About 2-3 weeks post-operation, all recognizable signs of the procedure will go away, and you may resume regular social activities.
- In case you are not fully satisfied with the procedure results, you should wait about 12 months or after your nose has completely healed to schedule a revision procedure.
Nasal procedures are incredibly complex. Therefore, you should seek rhinoplasty services from board-certified, knowledgeable, and experienced specialists to ensure successful results. When choosing the right surgeon, ensure you review their portfolio. Comprehensively evaluate some of their before and after patient photos to determine whether their artistic style suits your taste. Contact Aesthetic Surgery Center to get satisfactory nasal results.