What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, often referred to as simply a nose job or nose reshaping, is a common procedure and one that RTH has vast experience performing. The nose is arguably the most prominent and defining feature of the face, and having a nose that you love can make a world of difference. Whether you’re considering rhinoplasty to enhance your appearance or to correct nasal function, it is a procedure that can certainly improve your self confidence and your health.
Rhinoplasty is most commonly performed to achieve the following results:
- Refine the nose size in relation to other facial features and overall facial structure
- Redefine a large, bulbous, drooping or overturned nose tip
- Decrease nostril size in relation to the the rest of the nose
- Correct nose asymmetry and deviation
- Improve nasal function and breathing due to an injury or genetics
Consult with one of RTH Plastic Surgery’s cosmetic surgeons at our Bingham Farms, Michigan office. Conveniently located in southeast Michigan just minutes away from Ann Arbor, Novi and Detroit, Michigan. Call today to arrange a consultation with a rhinoplasty (nose job) plastic surgeon today at (248) 208-8844.
What to expect
- Step 1Consultation
- Step 2Preparation
- Step 3Surgery
- Step 4Recovery
- Step 5Results
Step 1 Consultation
A thorough consultation is an important first step when deciding if rhinoplasty is the right option for you. One of our board certified surgeons will discuss your desired results with you and provide an honest, professional opinion on how best to achieve those results. We also make certain that you are a good candidate for the procedure, taking into account your age, health, medical background and other factors that could affect the safety and effectiveness of your surgery. All of our consultations are conducted with the goal of making sure our patients feel comfortable, confident and informed about rhinoplasty.
Step 2 Preparation
Well before your surgery, let RTH know of any medications you take. Three weeks prior and three weeks after your surgery, we strongly suggest limiting your alcohol and tobacco intake. Two weeks prior and two weeks after, you should not take any medication that may thin your blood such as aspirin or ibuprofen products.
The evening before your surgery, refrain from eating or drinking anything including water, and do not smoke. If you develop a cold, sore throat, fever or any other symptoms of illness before your surgery, let RTH know right away.
The day of your procedure, refrain from wearing makeup, contact lenses, hairpins, jewelry, lotion or perfume. We also advise wearing comfortable clothing. Prepare to have a responsible adult provide you with transportation after your procedure and make arrangements for any care or assistance that you may need 24 hours after surgery. If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must be with you at the time of your procedure.
Step 3 Surgery
Before your procedure, your surgeon will answer any questions that may have come up since your consultation. You will also have the opportunity to meet the RTH staff assisting your surgeon during your procedure. Every effort is made to make certain that all of your concerns are addressed and you are as comfortable as possible.
When it is time to begin, you will be taken to our state-of-the-art surgical suite and comfortably fall asleep under general anesthesia. A nasal surgery typically takes one to two hours to complete, but the amount of time can vary, especially if your surgery is performed in combination with other procedures.
Step 4 Recovery
Most nasal surgery patients are up and active in a few days, and most are back to their normal routines and activities in seven to ten days, but it is important to remember that everyone recovers differently. We recommend not blowing your nose for a week after surgery. A few days after your surgery, your RTH doctor will follow-up with you to see how you are healing and prescribe any necessary medication.
Step 5 Results
The goal of rhinoplasty is to reshape your nose so that it looks natural, blends in perfectly with your facial features and functions better than it did before. Often, a beautifully shaped nose gives your overall appearance a youthful, refreshed and rejuvenated look. The healing process is gradual, so you may not see the final results for up to a year, but you will certainly begin to enjoy your new nose just a few weeks after surgery.
Q: Is rhinoplasty right for me?
If you are over the age of 16 and want to change the appearance of your nose or improve its function, rhinoplasty may be the right option for you. All rhinoplasty candidates must be in good health with no pre-existing medical conditions that could complicate the procedure or the results.
A nose reshaping surgery may be a good option for you if:
- Your nose appears too large for your face
- You have a prominent bump at the bridge of your nose
- The tip of your nose droops or is upturned
- Your nose is asymmetrical or crooked
Q: Why choose RTH Plastic Surgery for my rhinoplasty procedure?
When choosing a plastic surgeon for a rhinoplasty procedure, there are three important qualifications to consider: training, experience and personal attention. Dr. Hajjar is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery in plastic and reconstructive surgery. In addition, your doctor must be confident and competent recommending the appropriate procedures to achieve your desired results. At RTH, our surgeons meet all of these important requirements and more.
Many plastic surgeons simply do not perform rhinoplasties, as they are very difficult and complicated surgeries. Dr. Hajjar, however, has over 20 years of experience performing successful rhinoplasty procedures. He is board certified plastic surgeon with extensive training and vast experience in facial plastic surgery. Together, they have performed well over a thousand nose surgeries with incredible results.
Dr. Hajjar spends the necessary time with every patient to discuss the right nose surgery procedure, answer any questions and address any concerns. We make it a priority to ensure our patients are well-informed and completely comfortable with their decisions. We know that your time is valuable, which is why we maintain an efficient procedure calendar and use the latest techniques and technology to minimize your recovery time and maximize your results.
Q: Will my insurance cover my nose surgery?
Often an insurance company will not cover a nose survey if it is performed as an elective or cosmetic procedure. If a nose surgery is performed to improve a health condition or correct a medical issue such as trouble breathing, however, then it can be considered a reconstructive procedure and may be covered by insurance. If you plan to use insurance as payment, we strongly suggest consulting with your provider to discuss if the treatment is covered in part or in full by your current plan.
Q: Will my nose job results look natural?
The goal of rhinoplasty is to reshape your nose so that it looks natural, blends in perfectly with your facial features and functions better than it did before. The healing process is gradual, so you may not see the final results for up to a year. While results vary based on the individual, we focus on creating the most natural results possible. During your consultation, your doctor will thoroughly explain what results to expect.
Q: How long will results last?
The longevity of results varies from patient to patient and is dependent on individual face structures, but typically you can expect to enjoy long lasting results for your entire lifetime.
Q: What are the risks of a rhinoplasty procedure?
As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of complication related to infection. Some people may wake up from surgery feeling groggy and experience an upset stomach, side effects of the anesthesia that are very temporary. We are happy to explain in detail any of the risks involved prior to your surgery. We carefully review your complete medical history and all medications you are on to prevent any complications.
Other risks associated with rhinoplasty may include:
- Not being pleased with the results and the possibility of needing a revision
- Difficulty breathing
- Unfavorable scarring
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Poor wound healing
- Facial asymmetry
Q: Can I have additional procedures in combination with my rhinoplasty to enhance results?
Yes, your RTH doctor can recommend additional services that may enhance your desired results, which can include a brow lift, neck lift, eyelid surgery or facial implants. RTH also offers the option of combining your nose surgery with a laser skin resurfacing treatment. Lasers promote collagen growth under the skin, which naturally helps to fill in wrinkles and restore volume around your new nose while giving your skin a more even tone and youthful glow.