Rhinoplasty or “nose job” is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures requested by men and women. The nose rests prominently in the center of the face. The nose serves both aesthetic and functional purposes. For most patients, a deformity of the nose causes breathing problems. Abnormalities of the nose may be congenital, inherited, caused by trauma, or prior surgery. This may attract unwanted attention and distract from the natural beauty of your face.
When a nose is out of proportion with other facial features, deformed by a nasal bump, or is too large, for example, these abnormalities may attract unwanted attention and distract from natural harmony of the face. This surgery is the most challenging of all facial plastic surgery procedures, requiring significant skill and experience. Patients must trust their face to a facial plastic surgeon who has extensive, fellowship-trained experience in Rhinoplasty. Walnut Creek, California Rhinoplasty Surgeon Dr. Haena Kim is a highly trained Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon proficient in altering the structure and appearance of the nose with Rhinoplasty, or Nose Reshaping Surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Men and women in good health, and some patients even as young as fourteen, seeking improvement in their nasal shape and/or function are the best candidates for rhinoplasty surgery.
Rhinoplasty surgery is performed in an operating room under anesthesia for maximum patient comfort and the best results. Dr. Kim’s rhinoplasty techniques vary and are tailored to each patient’s individual aesthetic needs. Small incisions are made to be undetectable following surgery. Dr. Kim will determine which technique is best for you during a personalized surgical consultation. She will answer any question you have and make sure you have all of the information you need to feel comfortable with the decision to move forward with surgery, or not.
Patients are free to go home a few hours following surgery. Recovery may take up to two weeks. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort are common during this time, but easily managed by keeping the head elevated, applying cold compresses around the eyes and nose, and by following postoperative care instructions. Patients will have an external splint for the first week to aid in healing and reduce swelling. Dr. Kim speeds up her patient’s recovery time, and reduces bruising or swelling, by recommending oral vitamin C and arnica during the recovery process.