Dr. Brooke R. Seckel
A rhinoplasty procedure sometimes referred to as a “nose job” or “nose reshaping” by patients, is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure on the nose that is done to reshape the nose into a more pleasing appearance. Rhinoplasty can also be performed to correct a deviated septum in order to improve breathing through the nose. Rhinoplasty can make the nose smaller, refine the nasal tip, narrow a wide nose, straighten a crooked nose, and/or remove a nasal hump or bump.
Because the nose is one of the most noticeable parts of the face, many people choose to have a rhinoplasty to make their nose look better and to feel more self-confident. Some common reasons people give for choosing to have a nose job are due to having:
Realself.com lists the average cost of rhinoplasty in Boston, Massachusetts as $7,650, with the range being between $4,900 and $10,225. It is important to have a personal consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to help determine what your actual costs will be due to the type of rhinoplasty that will be required to achieve your desired results.
“From the moment I walked into Dr. Seckel’s office, I was super excited about the possibility of correcting my nose. Being Italian, I had a hump that made me extremely self conscious. I would walk by people with my head slanted down. Dr. Seckel and his staff were excellent and put me at ease with the surgery. I am so glad I decided to do it. I am so pleased with the result. It has truly changed my life. I am more confident and can now walk with my head high. I highly recommend Dr. Seckel. One of the best things I did before selecting a plastic surgeon was doing my “homework”. Researching and finding a Board certified plastic surgeon is very important – you will be as pleased with your results as I am with mine. I LOVE my new nose!” ~ Patient Review, Realself
Modern rhinoplasty is called open rhinoplasty in which a tiny incision is made under the nose and the cartilages that determine nose shape are visible. This better view allows the surgeon to more accurately reshape and reform the nose. The older closed rhinoplasty, done on the inside of the nose, did not provide as good a view of the structures being reshaped, and often did not give as good a result as the open rhinoplasty. During rhinoplasty one or more of the following steps occur:
The Asian nose can be flat with short nasal bones and have wide flared nostrils. Asian Rhinoplasty often involves raising the bridge of the nose to increase projection of the nose bones. This can be done with cartilage grafts, bone grafts or implants. Asian Rhinoplasty or Korean Rhinoplasty can also be combined with a nostril narrowing procedure and elevation of the nasal-tip with a strut cartilage graft and tip cartilage graft.
Yes, rhinoplasty is safe when performed by a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is very experienced in rhinoplasty surgery. Rhinoplasty is one of the most complex plastic surgery procedures and requires skill and artistic judgment that can only be gained by years of experience.
Recovery from rhinoplasty is the time it takes for bruising and swelling to go away. Rhinoplasty can cause bruising around the eyes which can take 3 weeks to go away. You will have an external splint on your nose for approximately 10 days and in some cases internal splints for longer.
Surprisingly patients do not complain much about pain after rhinoplasty and usually do not require pain medicine for longer than 2-3 days. Expect nasal stuffiness and mouth breathing for a few weeks. If internal nasal splints are used when septoplasty is done removal can cause brief discomfort.
You will see significant improvement in your nasal profile when the splint comes off. However, swelling can recur and it takes about 6 weeks for most of the swelling to resolve. If tip cartilage grafting is done it may be 6 months to a year before the final narrow refined nasal-tip can be seen.
Rhinoplasty is an advanced facial cosmetic surgery procedure that can restore balance to the facial features and enhance a patient’s self-confidence. If you have been considering nose surgery and would like to learn more about the procedure at Boston Plastic Surgery Specialists, contact Dr. Seckel today.