Last year Rhinoplasty ranked #2 in the list of Top 5 Cosmetic Surgery Procedures of 2014 (breast augmentation was #1). Changing the breathing function (correcting a deviated septum) or trauma from an injury can be reasons for rhinoplasty but the majority of people who have a “nose job” – as it is commonly referred to – are doing it to change the aesthetic appearance of their nose. Bumps, humps, wide nostrils, a droopy or bulbous tip, or asymmetry are among the reasons that my patients have elected to have nasal surgery.
|Patient of Dr. Terry J. Perkins, Rhinoplasty Before & After|
When I perform rhinoplasty in Santa Barbara, I find that it is very important to consider the nose in relation to the rest of the facial features. My goal is to create a balanced profile that looks natural. An overcorrected nose can draw just as much (unwanted) attention as a nose that is too big for a person’s face. Nasal surgery can be performed on a younger person but I recommend that the person wait until their late teens as that is when the nose has likely finished its growing phase and the surgical result can be more predictable.
The majority of nasal surgeries done at Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara are with a closed technique that allow incisions to be hidden inside the nose. We use a combination of local anesthesia, oral and intravenous sedation to keep the patient comfortable and unaware. General anesthesia is not needed. Most patients experience minimal pain and some stuffiness (similar to a mild cold) for about a week after surgery and return to work 7 to 10 days after the surgery.
A temporary option for smaller corrections to the nose can be done with injectable dermal fillers (such as Perlane or Restylane). Fillers can be used to smooth out irregularities and/or fix asymmetry issues on the bridge or the sides of the nose but not the tip. If there is an issue with the tip, it is much better addressed surgically. Using fillers can give a person an idea of how their nose would look if they wanted permanent correction through surgery. Dermal fillers can last 6 months or more and the results are instantaneous.
Schedule a consultation for rhinoplasty in Santa Barbara by calling my office at (805) 563-0000.