Rhinoplasty or “nose job” is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures requested by San Francisco Bay Area 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 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.
Rhinoplasty surgery offers several options to choose from, each of which has a specific purpose. Overall, the best candidates for rhinoplasty surgery are Walnut Creek men and women in good health, even those as young as fourteen, who are seeking improvement in their nasal shape and/or function. It is an ideal surgery for patients who are looking to:
- Enhance the shape or appearance of their nose
- Correct a deviated septum
- Correct a complicated nasal structure
- Repair damage to their nose
- Improve upon a previous procedure
While it is certainly important that you achieve the look you want from your rhinoplasty surgery, you also need to remember that it is essential to have realistic goals and expectations for your results. The patients who are the most satisfied with their results are those whose nose is brought into balance with the proportions of their other facial features, giving them a natural, more symmetrical look. Dr. Kim will work with you before your rhinoplasty to create a plan to ensure that your goals for your appearance are a realistic combination of your desires and your gender, anatomy and ethnicity.
How is Rhinoplasty Performed?
Rhinoplasty surgery is performed in an operating room under general 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. She is trained and experienced in several types of rhinoplasty, so the method she uses will be based on your goals and the level of correction needed. There are typically two basic techniques for rhinoplasty: closed rhinoplasty uses incisions hidden inside the nose, while open rhinoplasty uses an incision across the columella - the bridge between your nostrils. Dr. Kim will determine which technique is best for you during a personalized surgical consultation. She will answer any questions 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.
Recovery from Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient surgery, so you will be free to go home a few hours after your procedure. It is vital that the delicate structures of your new nose are supported and protected as they heal, so you will have an external splint for the first week to aid in healing and reduce swelling, and if necessary, a splint, and a bandage. Though this may seem like a lot of “stuff” to have on and in your nose after surgery, these supports are necessary to help ensure the best possible results. Dr. Kim will provide you with detailed instructions on caring for your nose post-surgery, as well as schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your healing. You will need to rest for the first couple of weeks, keeping activity to a minimum, and it will be at least six weeks before you are cleared to return to any high impact activities or exercise.
Swelling, bruising, and discomfort are common during this time, but are easily managed by keeping the head elevated, applying cold compresses around the eyes and nose, and by following postoperative care instructions. 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.
Depending on the extent of your rhinoplasty surgery, you may see some results immediately after your procedure, but it will take time for your nose to settle fully into its new shape. Though the most visible swelling dissipates within a few weeks, it can take up to a year for any residual swelling to subside completely, leaving you with your beautiful final results. Rhinoplasty is considered to be permanent, so once the healing process is complete, you will be able to enjoy your gorgeous, newly contoured nose for years to come.
Contact a Rhinoplasty Surgeon
Dr. Haena Kim is double board certified and fellowship trained in head and neck surgery and facial plastic surgery. Dr. Kim devotes her time exclusively to the areas of the head and neck, both for cosmetic and reconstructive purposes. She is a firm believer in the importance of creating a youthful, natural look while preserving your unique features and individuality, and her passion is to provide superior results in every aspect of face and neck surgery, both surgically and nonsurgically.