Rhinoplasty surgery, also referred to as a nose job, is a nose surgery used to reshape the nose and enhance facial harmony. It also helps patients improve nasal function and treat nasal defects.
Dr. Jonathan Cabin, one of the top facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons in Arlington, VA, has performed many rhinoplasty procedures. In addition to facial plastic and reconstructive surgery expertise, Dr. Cabin has subspecialty training in head and neck surgery. Thanks in part to his unique background, Dr. Cabin helps each of his rhinoplasty patients achieve a nose that perfectly complements his or her facial features.
What Is Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Rhinoplasty surgery simultaneously improves a person's nasal proportions and overall facial appearance. It helps a person correct nasal defects like a bump on the bridge of the nose or a bulbous nasal tip. At the same time, a nose job brings balance to the face. It allows a person to reshape or resize his or her nose, ensuring the nose complements all other facial features.
Dr. Cabin's goal is to help each of his rhinoplasty patients achieve a natural-looking nose, i.e. a nose that matches his or her face. A natural-looking nose looks proportional to the cheeks, chin and other facial features. It also ensures the eyes – not the nose – serve as the focal point of a person's face.
To help a patient achieve a natural-looking nose, Dr. Cabin requests a consultation before rhinoplasty surgery. At this time, Dr. Cabin evaluates a patient, learns about his or her rhinoplasty goals and offers a treatment recommendation.
Am I a Candidate for a Nose Job?
A consultation with Dr. Cabin allows an individual to find out if he or she qualifies for rhinoplasty surgery. During a consultation, Dr. Cabin examines a patient's nose, including his or her nasal profile and the frontal appearance of the nose. Dr. Cabin also studies the relationship between a patient's nose and other facial features, such as the lips, forehead and eyebrows.
Additionally, Dr. Cabin uses the Vectra 3D imaging system to capture photographs of different angles of a patient's face. The Vectra system allows Dr. Cabin to modify a patient's nose on a screen. That way, a patient can see how rhinoplasty surgery will impact his or her facial appearance.
If Dr. Cabin believes a nose job is a safe, effective treatment for a patient, he then recommends rhinoplasty surgery. Dr. Cabin outlines all rhinoplasty surgery steps and provides a treatment timeline. He also responds to a patient's concerns or questions about rhinoplasty surgery.
How Is a Nose Job Performed?
Dr. Cabin performs rhinoplasty as an outpatient procedure under general anesthetic. He uses open or closed incisions during rhinoplasty surgery and tailors each procedure to his patient.
Open rhinoplasty surgery is commonly used for modifications to the middle portion of the nose or nasal tip. Closed rhinoplasty surgery is often used for modifications inside the nostrils or bridge modifications. Dr. Cabin's decision to perform open or closed rhinoplasty surgery varies based on the patient and his or her treatment goals.
Dr. Cabin also requests follow-up appointments with a rhinoplasty patient after surgery. These appointments allow Dr. Cabin to track a rhinoplasty patient's progress and help this individual optimize his or her treatment results.
Is Nose Surgery Painful?
Nose surgery will come with some discomfort, but Dr. Cabin is a skilled surgeon who does everything possible to minimize the patient’s pain after rhinoplasty surgery. During the procedure, the patient will be under general anesthetic and feel nothing. Following the procedure, patients will have swelling and bruising, but usually it looks more uncomfortable then it actually feels. Some individuals will experience headaches, a stuffy nose, and have some trouble breathing immediately after nose surgery. Patients dealing with pain after rhinoplasty will be prescribed the necessary medication to manage discomfort.
How Long Does It Take to Recover After Nose Surgery?
For the first week after nose surgery, it is advised to rest and avoid any kind of strenuous activity. After a week, you can return to work. A full recovery from rhinoplasty surgery generally takes about 3 to 4 weeks. After 3 to 4 weeks, most if not all swelling and bruising will subside and the patient can now inspect their new and improved nose! If after 3 to 4 weeks there are still signs of trauma or any discomfort, contact Dr. Cabin or another medical professional.
Nose Surgery FAQs
Rhinoplasty can be an intimidating procedure. However, knowledge is power so by understanding more information about nose surgery, rhinoplasty can become less and less daunting. Let top rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Cabin make nose surgery simple by answering some frequently asked questions about nose surgery.
Can nose surgery improve breathing?
Rhinoplasty can alter the cartilage and bone structure in and under the nose, making it easier to breathe by providing a more clear airway. For those who struggle with breathing or have a deviated septum, nose surgery can be a gamechanger.
What are the risks associated with nose surgery?
Like any procedure, rhinoplasty comes with some risks. There is the possibility of bleeding or infection, as well as other possible risks such as issues breathing, nose numbness, scarring, and the possibility of requiring additional surgery. However, choosing an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon like Dr. Cabin can minimize the risk of any such complications.
What type of anesthesia is used for nose surgery?
General anesthesia is used for rhinoplasty, with a few exceptions depending on the severity of the procedure.
How long does nose surgery take?
Rhinoplasty generally takes somewhere between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the complexity of the surgery. Individual cases may vary.
What are the benefits of nose surgery?
There are numerous benefits of rhinoplasty surgery. Patients can correct any imperfections or issues with the shape, size, and alignment of their nose. They can also improve their facial symmetry, correct sinus problems, and repair birth defects.