Rhinoplasty – commonly referred to as a “Nose Job” – can be done to help with the appearance of a nose and can also address obstructive airway problems. A person’s nose is one of the most prominent features on the face – it should look good and function well.
Rhinoplasty can alter both the profile and frontal views. It can:
- Refine a bulbous tip
- Narrow a wide nose
- Straighten a crooked nose
- And/or remove an unwanted bump
Along with helping the appearance, nasal surgery can also address function (such as a deviated septum or bone spurs) if needed.
At Cosmetic Surgery Center, we perform the majority of nasal surgeries with a closed technique that hides the incisions inside the nose. The external shape can be corrected or changed by altering the bone, cartilage and soft tissue underneath the skin, allowing for a more ideal relationship among the parts.
Most people are relieved to hear that general anesthesia is not needed. A combination of local anesthesia, oral and intravenous sedation keeps the patient comfortable and unaware. After surgery pain in usually minimal and can easily be controlled with oral medications. An external dressing is in place for one week after surgery. Most patients return to work in 7 to 10 days and can resume exercise after 3 weeks. Swelling subsides within the first 2 months. Subtle refinement continues to appear as time passes and final results will be seen about 1 year after surgery.
Rhinoplasty is not usually performed until a person has reached the late teenage years when growth is nearly complete. It can be done in conjunction with a chin or cheek augmentation to improve overall balance.
View some of our nasal surgery before and after photos here.
Call the Cosmetic Surgery Center at 805-563-0000 to schedule a consultation for Rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) in Santa Barbara, CA.