The appearance of a person’s nose can dramatically affect their facial beauty. 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 the tip of the nose, helping to improve overall balance and harmony of your facial features. In addition, for those who are experiencing nasal breathing difficulties, a septoplasty procedure can be employed to correct a deviated septum 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 and delicate procedure, therefore it should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who has considerable experience and proven results. Having conducted over one-thousand successful rhinoplasties throughout his career, Dr. Christopher P. Godek is highly skilled in this procedure and is regarded as one of the very best rhinoplasty surgeons in America. He considers rhinoplasty as one of his favorite operations, and is committed to achieving an ideal outcome while optimizing both your safety and comfort.
Rhinoplasty is one of Dr. Godek’s areas of special focus at our practice. In addition to the following information, Dr. Godek has established another entire website specifically devoted to providing details on all of the rhinoplasty procedures that he performs. You can find comprehensive information on primary rhinoplasty, revision (secondary) rhinoplasty, ethnic rhinoplasty, and non-surgical “liquid” rhinoplasty on our specialized website. Please click the banner below to visit Dr. Godek’s rhinoplasty website. 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.
- Rhinoplasty Before-and-After Photos
- Rhinoplasty Benefits
- Rhinoplasty Procedure
- Revision Rhinoplasty
- Rhinoplasty Recovery
- Choosing a Rhinoplasty Surgeon
- Ethnic Rhinoplasty
- Rhinoplasty Cost
What Are the Benefits of Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty can improve the size, contour, and function of the nose. More specifically, it can help:
- Reduce or enlarge the overall size of your nose
- Reshape your nostrils for a more proportional and symmetrical look
- Refine the shape, size, and angle of your nasal tip
- Straighten, recontour, and resize your nasal bridge
- Repair a deviated septum
- Improve nasal breathing
In addition to these benefits, rhinoplasty can often boost one’s self-image and self-esteem, helping many patients to feel more confident in their daily professional, personal and social interactions.
How Is the Rhinoplasty Procedure Performed?
Dr. Godek performs both closed and open-tip rhinoplasty, and the specific technique employed will depend on the patient’s unique needs and goals. With a closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made inside of the nose, and nasal modifications are conducted with limited visual access to the underlying anatomy. Generally reserved for more complex cases, an open-tip 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-tip rhinoplasty are then performed inside the nose.
Once the incisions are made (regardless of which approach is used), cartilage, bone, and the 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 post-operative side effects like bruising and swelling. In certain instances, a cartilage or bone graft taken from elsewhere in the body may be necessary to obtain 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 the 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-tip rhinoplasty depending on the complexity of their current nasal issue(s). Like primary rhinoplasty, a bone 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 very high level of expertise.
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 other non-strenuous activities. That being said, sports, heavy lifting, and strenuous physical activity should be avoided for several more weeks to ensure that the nose has time to heal properly.
Bruising and swelling are common side effects of rhinoplasty, although 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 an open-tip rhinoplasty was performed, the external incision remains relatively hidden due to its location, and any potential scarring tends to fade over time with proper care.
The term “ethnic rhinoplasty” is applied when a surgeon tailors a rhinoplasty procedure to preserve particular qualities belonging to a certain ethnic group. Dr. Godek has worked with patients of various ethnicities and can customize nasal enhancement procedures to achieve individual rhinoplasty goals. We encourage you to bring up any questions or concerns you may have at your consultation. Dr. Godek can examine your nose and its relationship to other facial features and utilize a high-definition imaging system to show you the potential results of rhinoplasty.
How to Choose a Rhinoplasty Surgeon
When choosing a rhinoplasty surgeon, there are a few factors to consider. It is helpful to look for surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeons have gone above and beyond the standard requirements of a plastic surgeon and have undergone rigorous testing requirements to obtain certification. Your prospective surgeon should also have years of experience performing rhinoplasty, an extensive training and educational background, and a record of satisfied patients. It can also be useful to explore the doctor’s before-and-after photo gallery to see the results obtained by previous patients, and reading patient reviews and testimonials can help you learn about the experiences of others at the practice.
Dr. Christopher Godek is a well-known rhinoplasty surgeon who has exceeded the expectations of many individuals. He works with each patient in the spirit of true collaboration to ensure that results meet patient goals while looking as natural as possible.
How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?
At our practice, we customize each procedure to suit the individual needs of the patient. As such, the cost of rhinoplasty depends on several unique factors, including the extent of treatment necessary, the technique utilized, fees for use of the surgical facility and anesthesia, and other components associated with the personalized treatment plan. Once you meet with Dr. Godek and the treatment plan is developed, a member of our plastic surgery team will calculate an estimate of the total cost and answer any questions you may have. The Personal Enhancement Center accepts a variety of convenient payment options, including financing plans via PatientFi™ that can help qualified applicants pay for their rhinoplasty treatment over time.
View Our Rhinoplasty Specialty Site
We invite those interested in rhinoplasty to explore our sister rhinoplasty website. There, you can find information particular to the rhinoplasty procedure you may be considering, as well as an extensive before-and-after image gallery of Dr. Godek’s results.
If you are considering rhinoplasty and would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Godek, we invite you to contact our practice today. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals.