Rhinoplasty is one of the most technically challenging procedures in the field of plastic surgery, where every fraction of a millimeter can make a visible difference. One of the most important factors in patient satisfaction is whether or not the patient and surgeon share the same aesthetic ideal, and can clearly communicate between one another the expectations and goals.
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During your consultation, Dr. Patel will take time to learn more about your concerns and goals, and discuss the treatment options in detail. She will go through your medical history and perform a physical exam in order to determine the best plan to reach your goals, and make sure you are a good candidate for surgery.
The day of surgery, Dr. Patel will meet with you in the preoperative area, review the planned procedure, and go over any additional questions you may have prior to surgery.
After surgery, you will be provided with postoperative care instructions, and instructions for followup. Dr. Patel will see you for the first postoperative visit 1-2 days after surgery, with an additional visit the week after for splint and/or suture removal if appropriate. Additional postoperative visits are typically spaced at 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year after surgery.
Rhinoplasty surgery is also known as a nose job, and involves improving the aesthetic appearance of the nose.
Rhinoplasty is a safe procedure overall, though there are specific risks involved since it is a surgery.
When there is a good fit between surgeon and patient, the experience can be very gratifying and life changing for the patient, and considered worth it. When the patient expectations are not met, that is when it is considered not worth it.
Nose jobs can be done “open”, meaning through a small incision along the columella and extended internally inside the nose, or done “closed”, where only internal incisions are used inside the nose.
Rhinoplasty is generally not recommended before age 16, unless for reconstruction in the setting of trauma.
The cost for rhinoplasty surgery will depend on a number of factors, including whether or not one had prior surgery or trauma, and whether or not airway reconstruction is performed at the same time. To provide you with accurate pricing information, we invite you to book a complimentary Pre-Consult Phone Call with our Patient Care Coordinator by calling 310-205-0212. During that phone call, important information will be discussed, and ballpark pricing will be provided.
It can take a full year for the nose to heal, and the swelling to resolve. In the period right after surgery, the external and internal splints are typically left in place for a week, tape is worn externally day and night for the next 2 weeks, and then the nose is taped at night only for 2 weeks.
It is advised to wait 6 weeks before resuming full workouts, and to be mindful of avoiding inadvertent injury once activities are resumed.