RHINOPLASTY

Rhinoplasty or “nose job” is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures requested by men and women.

Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty or “nose job” is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures requested by East 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 Candidates

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.

Rhinoplasty Results

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.

Dr. Haena Kim Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is located in Walnut Creek, CA. We serve the surrounding East Bay areas, including Contra Costa County, San Ramon, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Danville, Richmond, San Pablo, and Lafayette.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Make My Nose Look Like [Celebrity Name]?

Although it is often helpful for Dr. Kim to see photos of nose types and shapes that you prefer, you should not set your sights on one nose in particular. The main reason for this is that a nose that looks great on someone else may not be the right one for you. The goal of a rhinoplasty is instead to give you a unique nose that perfectly suits your face and features by creating visual symmetry and balance. Additionally, Dr. Kim will need to evaluate your natural nasal structure todetermine the types of alterations that may be possible. Your safety and predicted long-term outcomes will inform the new nose shape that Dr. Kim recommends.

Will Rhinoplasty Help My Breathing?

Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure, but it can include surgical techniques that correct a variety of problems with nasal function. If you have a deviated septum, problems with severe seasonal allergies or functional concerns related to nostril size, a rhinoplasty may be able to address these along with its cosmetic components. Be sure to discuss these issues during your consultation so Dr. Kim can factor them in to your surgical plan.

When Can I Go Back to Work?

Recovery from rhinoplasty typically takes 10 to 14 days. Dr. Kim recommends that patients plan for two weeks away from work or daily activities. The two-week mark is when swelling, redness, bruising and discomfort have diminished to the point where most patients feel comfortable returning to the public eye, and where any remaining discoloration can be hidden with makeup. Dr. Kim will be monitoring your progress in recovery at follow-up appointments and will be able to clear you to return to work as soon as you are adequately healed.

When Can I Start Working Out Again?

Recovery from rhinoplasty typically takes 10 to 14 days. Dr. Kim recommends that patients plan for two weeks away from work or daily activities. The two-week mark is when swelling, redness, bruising and discomfort have diminished to the point where most patients feel comfortable returning to the public eye, and where any remaining discoloration can be hidden with makeup. Dr. Kim will be monitoring your progress in recovery at follow-up appointments and will be able to clear you to return to work as soon as you are adequately healed.

How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?

The cost of a rhinoplasty differs from patient to patient. As it is most often performed as cosmetic or elective surgery, rhinoplasty is not likely to be covered by health insurance. Factors that influence cost can include general vs. local anesthesia, the extent of the surgical plan or additional facial procedures to be performed. Dr. Kim will be able to provide an accurate estimate for your surgery following your in-person consultation. We will be transparent with you about costs throughout the surgery and recovery process and can discuss payment options if you are interested.

What Age Do I Need To Be For Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty can be performed on patients beginning in their mid-to-late teens. Dr. Kim typically recommends waiting until around ages 14-16, as this is when the nose shape becomes fully developed (though the nose will continue to grow and change over the course of a lifetime). Dr. Kim regularly works with younger rhinoplasty patients and has significant experience evaluating teens for candidacy. Patients under the age of 18 will need parental consent and should have a parent or legal guardian accompany them at all appointments. Please schedule a consultation for more information.

When Can I See My New Nose?

Your results will begin to show between two and four weeks following your procedure. At this point, swelling will have diminished significantly and you will be able to see the general shape and size of your new nose. However, it can take about six months to one year before all residual swelling has subsided and your new nose has fully settled into place. After this, it can take up to two years before scars have healed and flattened, all skin sensations have returned to normal and nasal function feels fully regulated.

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