Why Is Rhinoplasty Needed?
The nose is the face’s central feature, making it an essential element in attaining optimum facial balance and harmony. The slightest asymmetry in nasal shape and size can have a significant effect on one’s face. For this reason, a highly customized approach based on an acute assessment of the patient’s facial appearance is needed in rhinoplasty or nose surgery.
Aside from improving nasal shape and appearance, rhinoplasty is also performed to improve nasal function. This type of nose surgery may be performed on patients who want to improve nasal-related breathing issues such as an overly large turbinate, a deviated septum, or damage caused by trauma or congenital disabilities.
What Types of Nose Surgery are Available?
Rhinoplasty covers a wide range of surgical procedures. These range from cosmetic to functional rhinoplasty. Each of these procedures are discussed below.
Rhinoplasty is any nose surgery that is performed to improve nasal functions. It helps alleviate breathing problems caused by nasal irregularities, such as a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, or asymmetrical nasal structures. These issues can be present at birth or may develop later in life due to injury, lifestyle choices, or other surgeries.
Female rhinoplasty comprises any nasal surgery that deals with any cosmetic or functional issues and promotes a more feminine appearance at the same time. The female nose often has a more defined and intricate look compared to the male nose. Also, Female patients tend to prefer a smaller nose. These aspects make female rhinoplasty different from male rhinoplasty.
Revision rhinoplasty changes one’s nasal shape and/or function after they have undergone a previous rhinoplasty. The procedure can also pertain to a nose surgery that patients may need after a second surgery. Patients ask for revision surgery in order to fix persistent, newly-created, or more severe nasal disproportions.
Patients can have a crooked nose because of genetics, nasal bone shifting due to trauma, or internal or external nasal valve collapse. In any of these instances, crooked nose surgery can correct nasal alignment. This adds facial balance and improves overall nasal appearance.
Nasal fractures are described as breaks or cracks on an individual’s nasal bone or cartilage. They generally occur above the nose bridge or inside the septum. Nasal fracture surgery usually requires a closed reduction procedure. Surgeons will place the fractured or misaligned bones back into their original position using the methods mentioned above.
Other Types of Rhinoplasty
Any type of nasal surgery that mainly focuses on the distinct characteristics of the African-American nose can fall under African-American rhinoplasty. In this procedure, the surgeon reshapes a patient’s nose to tackle certain undesirable features and maintain their African-American features at the same time.
Cosmetic rhinoplasty mostly tackles external nasal improvement. This procedure can help improve nasal size, shape, and appearance. Cosmetic nose surgery patients frequently ask their surgeons to make their nostrils narrow or wide, make their nose bridge narrower, reshape their nasal tip, or straighten their crooked nose.
Functional rhinoplasty addresses various breathing issues brought about by nasal deformities. These irregularities can include a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, as well as uneven nasal structures. This procedure alters nasal anatomy to alleviate nasal obstruction.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty changes and shapes one’s nose without invasive surgery using injectable fillers. Surgeons often utilize hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxyapatite fillers to perform this particular procedure on patients. Non-surgical rhinoplasty is both an augmentation and a cosmetic procedure.
Septal perforation repair is an extremely specialized nasal surgery that involves an exceptionally advanced understanding of rhinoplasty techniques and tissue advancement and grafting. Surgeons can fill up septal perforations by cutting the area under the patient’s nose and transferring tissue. They can also fix the septum using ear or rib cartilage.
Ethnic rhinoplasty makes one’s nasal appearance harmonious and proportional in order to match their facial features while retaining their ethnic characteristics. The procedure can be the same as typical rhinoplasty; however, surgeons will have to use distinct approaches in order to perform it on patients.
Middle Eastern rhinoplasty addresses a Middle Eastern patient’s unique nasal structure. Advanced rhinoplasty approaches are frequently needed to perform this particular type of ethnic rhinoplasty procedure successfully. Middle Eastern nose surgery can deal with a patient’s nasal hump, long or droopy nose, and other aesthetic and functional concerns.
An individual’s nose may look much larger due to a small chin. Thus, surgeons frequently advise patients to get rhinoplasty and a chin implant done at the same time. This combination helps give improved overall facial symmetry and balance.
Septoplasty repairs a patient’s deviated septum. The procedure cuts, repositions, and replaces nasal cartilage and/or bones to make the septum straight. Septoplasty also improves nasal airflow.
Teenage rhinoplasty improves an adolescent patient’s nasal appearance and functionality. Surgeons can carry out this particular procedure for medical or cosmetic reasons. Moreover, numerous teenage patients want to undergo nose surgery because of extreme bullying. Female and male adolescents seeking teenage rhinoplasty must be at least 15 and 16 years old to do so.
Rhinoplasty: What to Expect
Patients who choose to have any type of rhinoplasty procedure done on their nose will have to go through an initial consultation, the actual procedure, and the recovery process.
The Initial Consultation
You must be ready to discuss the following aspects during your initial consultation with Dr. Jacob Sedgh:
- Your surgical aspirations regarding both your appearance and your breathing
- Your medical history, which may include medical conditions, drug allergies, and previous medical treatments
- Current medications and/or alcohol, tobacco, and drug usage
- Previous surgeries
The doctor will also carry out the following:
- A full physical examination
- A rhinoscopy and other diagnostic tests
- A discussion on your findings and diagnosis
- A comprehensive explanation of the recommended surgical plan
Dr. Sedgh can also conduct an initial consultation with you through video conferencing if you are unable to come to his office. His office can also help you make the necessary travel arrangements by providing complete concierge services.
Before the actual surgery, Dr. Sedgh will administer specific medications such as general or local anesthesia to make you feel comfortable throughout the procedure. He will then utilize either a closed or an open procedure in order to perform a nose surgery.
Dr. Sedgh may create incisions hidden in the nose using closed rhinoplasty, or across the columella which is a small strip of tissue that divides the nostrils through open rhinoplasty. He will then gently elevate the skin covering the nasal bones and cartilages, providing the doctor access to the nasal structure in order to reshape it.
Furthermore, cartilage graft addition may be needed in specific surgical procedures such as revision rhinoplasty and septal perforation repair. Surgeons such as Dr. Sedgh most often utilize septal cartilage for these reasons. They can also use ear or rib cartilage in particular instances. Dr. Sedgh can also straighten a patient’s deviated septum and lessen nasal projections for better breathing.
The doctor will only redrape nasal skin and tissue and close incisions when he has sculpted the underlying nasal structure to its proper shape. Nostril size may also change if he puts additional incisions in their natural creases.
The Recovery Process
Rhinoplasty recovery time depends on the procedure performed. Functional rhinoplasty patients may go back to their everyday activities within a week, while those who have undergone cosmetic rhinoplasty can resume their tasks in two to three weeks. But you can usually expect minimal downtime for procedures such as female rhinoplasty.
The procedure also poses various risks and side effects. Rhinoplasty risks may include the following:
- Anesthetic risks
- Poor wound healing or scarring
- Changes in skin sensation
- Skin discoloration and swelling
Dr. Sedgh will advise you to take medications and give you aftercare instructions for a more comfortable healing process. Procedures such as nasal fracture surgery even require you to avoid strenuous activities to prevent further injuries or bleeding.
The doctor will also arrange regular follow-up appointments between the first day post-surgery until a year or more after surgery in order to closely monitor your recovery. The follow-up appointments will ensure optimum health and proper healing.
Why Should You Choose Dr. Sedgh?
Deemed as one of the most outstanding facial plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills today, Dr. Jacob Sedgh develops specially tailored surgeries that aim to address his patients’ particular needs. He is able to do so through the application of advanced surgical approaches. His active participation in major cosmetic surgery conferences allows him to improve and refine his surgical knowledge and methods constantly. Thus, you are guaranteed to receive the most advanced approaches and technologies in plastic surgery.
Dr. Sedgh is a highly reputable double-board certified surgeon in terms of patient care and excellent results. He provides greatly personalized patient care with compassion and concern for their health highest in mind. This only proves that he is not only committed to his craft, but also to his patients.