Commonly Asked Questions Surrounding Nose Jobs
The nose holds a lot of weight when it comes to how someone feels about their face. Getting rhinoplasty surgery in Los Angeles will alter one’s appearance and may significantly improve their self-esteem. In order to achieve the expected outcome, it is important to find an experienced Los Angeles facial plastic surgery specialist.
The experts of Westside Face have compiled a few common questions about Los Angeles rhinoplasty that patients typically ask.
Is Rhinoplasty and a Nose Job the Same Thing?
Rhinoplasty is the scientific term for a nose job. They are one of the most popular procedures performed by plastic surgeons, and this procedure involves changing the nose’s shape and size.
Is Rhinoplasty Always for Cosmetic Reasons?
Not always, as rhinoplasty can also be done to help the nose function better. Blocked airways due to birth deformity or a previous injury can impact someone’s breathing and sleep.
Typically, rhinoplasty is not covered by insurance because it’s for cosmetic reasons; however, in the event that the procedure is to correct breathing issues, we can make an assessment to see if they will cover part or all of the cost of the procedure.
Can a Deviated Septum be Corrected Through Rhinoplasty?
A deviated septum can be corrected via a procedure called septoplasty, where the facial plastic surgeon in Los Angeles will move your septum to a more centered position. Since you’re already undergoing surgery, the doctor can go ahead and shape the outside of your nose with a rhinoplasty as well. There are multiple advantages of having rhinoplasty along with septoplasty at the same time. The first is cost, as facility fees will generally be less when combining a functional surgery with a cosmetic procedure. The second advantage is that cartilage harvested during the septoplasty is available for use as grafting material during the accompanying rhinoplasty.
Will Rhinoplasty Hurt?
Both general and local anesthesia may be used for a nose job. Following the surgery, most patients don’t experience a great amount of pain, with the peak of the discomfort and swelling occuring on the first and second days after surgery. Most describe an achiness similar to sinus congestion. Your doctor can prescribe you pain medication to help with the recovery.
How Long is the Recovery Time for Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is done as an outpatient procedure, meaning you recover from home immediately following, thus skipping an overnight stay at the doctor’s office. Following the procedure, you will develop purple bruising around your nose that can last for a few days up to three weeks. It’s also possible that your nose will have some swelling that can take up to six months to completely disappear. However, you can usually return to your normal life two weeks after getting a nose job.
How Much is Rhinoplasty?
Since rhinoplasty can have such a profound impact on someone’s appearance, it’s got a decent price tag. The average nose job is around $5,500, and that does not include the cost of the anesthesia, prescription medication for recovery, and facility costs.
While you may be a bargain hunter, doctors advise you not to be stingy when it comes to undergoing surgery. The surgeon will charge based on experience, and that is just as important as the final cost of the surgery. Additionally, a rhinoplasty revision following a botched surgery will just add to the final cost of your cosmetic journey.
What is an “Open” and “Closed” Rhinoplasty?
For open rhinoplasty, the LA nose job specialist incises the external skin between the nostrils to get access to the internal nose. Having access to the entire nasal structure, your surgeon has more freedom with how they reshape it. Many shy away at the idea of having actual incisions on their nose, but surgeons go to great efforts to minimize scarring so that it is not noticeable.
During a closed rhinoplasty, the surgeon makes incisions from within the nostrils so that the scars are not visible to others. This kind of nose job procedure can be carried out in patients who do not require complex straightening of the lower parts of the nose, or complex work on the nasal tip.
How Should I Prepare for Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Before getting a nose job, a thorough consultation with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon is crucial to your safety and the success of the procedure. During your consultation, you and your doctor will discuss your goals as well as whether or not you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty. It’s common for your doctor to take photos of your current nose and then show you via photo editing how it will look once it heals.
Prior to your consultation, you can compile a written list of what you’d like changed about your nose, and you can also bring examples of your ideal nose to your consultation. Since her marriage to Prince Harry, a nose like Megan Markle’s was one of the highest requested nose jobs Los Angeles surgeons were asked to emulate. Blake Lively and Kate Middleton also top the list of “perfect noses” that patients ask for. Choosing a celebrity with similar facial features to you can help your nose job be as perfect as possible.
In the month leading up to your surgery, most doctors recommend avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and smoking. You should also check your schedule to ensure that you’ll have up to one week of downtime following the procedure.
Preparing For Your Nose Job
As cosmetic surgery impacts self-esteem so greatly, it’s important that both the patient and the doctor take the procedure seriously. Westside Face is a facial plastic surgeon Los Angeles residents count on to deliver successful and natural-looking results.
Life is too short to be unhappy with your appearance, so if you are considering a nose job, you should contact a doctor that will take the time to understand your concerns and your goals.
The doctor at Westside Face will meet with you to discuss whether or not they believe you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty, and they will ensure that you have a safe procedure where you are satisfied with the outcome.