The appearance of a person’s nose can dramatically affect their entire facial aesthetic. For individuals who are unhappy with the size and/or shape of their nose, an advanced nasal procedure known as rhinoplasty can often be an excellent surgical option. Sometimes referred to as a “nose job,” rhinoplasty can be custom-tailored to refine the nasal bridge, the nostrils, and/or the tip of the nose, helping to improve overall balance and harmony among facial features. In addition, for those who are experiencing nasal breathing complications, this procedure can be employed to correct a deviated septum and/or other structural issues that may be inhibiting proper airflow through the nasal passages.
It is important to note that rhinoplasty is an incredibly complex procedure, and as such, it should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who has considerable experience and proven results. Having conducted numerous successful rhinoplasties throughout his career, Dr. Christopher P. Godek is highly skilled in this facial treatment and is regarded as a leading surgeon within the medical community. He considers rhinoplasty his favorite operation, and he is committed to achieving an ideal outcome while optimizing both comfort and safety.
For more information about rhinoplasty, we encourage you to continue reading the content provided below. If you have additional questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Godek, please feel free to contact the Personal Enhancement Center today.
What Are the Benefits of Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty can enhance the size, contour, and function of the nose. More specifically, it can help:
- Reduce or enlarge the overall size of the nose
- Reshape the nostrils for a more proportional and/or symmetrical look
- Refine the shape, size, and/or angle of the nasal tip
- Straighten, recontour, and/or resize the nasal bridge
- Repair a deviated septum
- Improve nasal breathing
In addition to these benefits, rhinoplasty can often boost one’s self-image and esteem, helping many patients to feel more confident in their daily professional, social, and personal interactions.
How Is the Rhinoplasty Procedure Performed?
Dr. Godek performs both closed and open rhinoplasty, and the specific technique employed will depend on the patient’s unique needs and goals. With closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made inside the nose, and nasal modifications are conducted without direct visual access to underlying anatomy. Generally reserved for more complex cases, open rhinoplasty involves a small incision made across the base of the columella (the tissue separating the nostrils), allowing for the skin to be separated from the underlying nasal framework. All other incisions during open rhinoplasty are then performed inside the nose.
Once the incisions are made (regardless of which approach is used), cartilage, bone, and soft nasal tissues are carefully recontoured until an optimal outcome is achieved. While making these adjustments, Dr. Godek takes great care to use a “limited-touch” technique to help minimize tissue trauma and reduce postoperative side effects like bruising and swelling. In certain instances, a cartilage and/or bone graft taken from elsewhere in the body may be necessary to attain the desired results.
Performed under general anesthesia, the entire rhinoplasty procedure typically lasts between one to two hours, though this can vary based on the extent of surgical correction involved. As an outpatient procedure, the majority of patients are able to return home later the same day under the care and supervision of a close friend or family member.
Revision rhinoplasty—also known as secondary rhinoplasty—is a procedure intended to correct aesthetic and/or functional issues resulting from a previous nasal surgery. This treatment can often be performed using the same incisions that were utilized during the initial procedure to help limit potential scarring; however, some patients who originally underwent closed rhinoplasty may require an open rhinoplasty depending on the complexity of their current nasal issue(s). Like primary rhinoplasty, a bone and/or cartilage graft may be needed to achieve an optimal outcome.
Dr. Godek is highly skilled and experienced in performing revision rhinoplasties. In fact, many surgeons throughout the region refer particularly difficult revision rhinoplasty cases to him due to his level of expertise in both primary and secondary nasal surgery.
What Is Rhinoplasty Recovery Like?
Immediately following the rhinoplasty procedure, a splint is applied to the nose to provide support and protection during the initial stages of healing. This is usually removed after approximately one week, at which time most individuals are able to return to office jobs, school, and/or other non-strenuous activities. That said, sports, heavy lifting, and strenuous physical activity should be avoided for several more weeks to ensure the nose has time to heal properly.
Bruising and swelling are common side effects of rhinoplasty, though these usually diminish within a few weeks. Some degree of tenderness and discomfort in the area is also common initially, but most patients find that oral medication can effectively alleviate these symptoms until they fully resolve on their own. If open rhinoplasty was performed, the external incision line should remain relatively inconspicuous due to its location, and any potential scarring tends to fade over time with proper care.
If you are considering rhinoplasty and would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Godek, we invite you to contact our practice online or by phone at (732) 281-1988 today. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals.