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Common Rhinoplasty Questions

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

If you’re thinking about getting a nose job, you have many details to consider. While the results of rhinoplasty surgery can be extremely gratifying, they come with careful planning and preparation. Here, we answer some of the common questions regarding this procedure. The information provided by an experienced surgeon can make an enormous difference in a patient’s experience. 

What is rhinoplasty?

Calling rhinoplasty a nose job gives it a general description, but we think patients deserve a more specific definition. Yes, rhinoplasty is a nose surgery. However, it is one that is performed for cosmetic purposes. It is not a nasal procedure, but it can improve a person’s breathing function. Primarily, rhinoplasty is done to improve the size, shape, and general appearance of the nose in relation to other facial features. 

Does rhinoplasty hurt?

Rhinoplasty is performed using general anesthesia. The board-certified anesthesiologist may insert a tube into the patient’s throat once they are asleep. During surgery, the brain does not register pain from the body, so the procedure itself is not painful nor is it remembered by the patient once they wake up from anesthesia. Contrary to what patients may expect, post-operative pain is usually quite tolerable. Patients are advised to take prescription painkillers as directed for the first few days of recovery to help get them over the hump of discomfort. They are often ready to switch to over-the-counter medication within the first week after surgery. 

Will my voice sound different after rhinoplasty?

It can. Because rhinoplasty alters the structure of the nose, there may be a slight change in tone of voice. In most cases, this is not discernible. People whose professions involve their voices may take more time in determining whether or not rhinoplasty is right for them. While the potential change in voice is minor, those who rely on their voice may find this change unappealing. 

Will my nose be smaller after rhinoplasty?

If you wish to have a smaller nose, your surgeon will do what they can to achieve this goal. There are a few ways this can be done. Rhinoplasty can refine the tip of a bulbous nose or can narrow wide nostrils. The procedure can narrow the bridge of the nose or reduce a bump as needed to enable the nose to harmonize with other facial features. 

Do rhinoplasty results last forever?

Rhinoplasty results are considered permanent. However, they can be further refined if necessary. Patients are encouraged to take their time choosing a plastic surgeon to perform rhinoplasty to reduce the chances of needing revision surgery at a later time. Regardless, the nose does not return to its old shape after the initial rhinoplasty procedure. 

Is rhinoplasty right for me?

If you are dissatisfied with the size or shape of your nose, you may be a great candidate for rhinoplasty surgery. The best step you can take is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has ample training and experience performing this procedure. During your consultation, you can learn how the surgeon can adjust your nose to better suit your face. 

Schedule your consultation at our Denver plastic surgery office to learn more about rhinoplasty. Contact us at 303.399.7662.

Are You Considering Rhinoplasty? Keep These Points in Mind!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Rhinoplasty Denver, CORhinoplasty, or a nose job, is one of the top plastic surgery procedures across the board. It is sometimes referred to as a "cosmetic surgery" procedure, but we should remember the important distinction between various types of surgical training, especially when discussing matters of the nose. Rhinoplasty surgery is popular because, when it goes well, the results can permanently improve a person's appearance, as well as their self-confidence. For rhinoplasty to go well, the patient must understand all points, even those that aren't talked about as much as others. We're going to cover those here.

  1. No nose is a perfect nose. We get it. It's difficult to look at the celebrity nose you've long admired and think of it as imperfect. This can be somewhat tricky. See, the nose that you may love on another person's face is perfect for them (although we'd bet there are still tiny imperfections). Their nose was made for their face, either by their genes or by a good plastic surgeon. When you visit a plastic surgeon for rhinoplasty, their job will be to reshape your nose so it fits perfectly with your other facial features.
  2. You may be disappointed. When the time comes to remove surgical dressings and take a look at the initial results of rhinoplasty, patients should expect to see minimal improvement. At first, the nose will look swollen. The skin around the nose and eyes will be bruised to some extent. The lips may even look slightly puffy. This is not the time to assess anything more than how the nose is healing. Over several weeks, the nose will look significantly better. After one year, the final outcome of surgery will be evident.
  3. Things may change. Among them are breathing and vocal tone. Breathing changes are typically for the better when rhinoplasty is done well. Vocal tone changes are usually subtle. They happen because changes inside the nose change the vibrations that occur when speaking or singing. Unless your voice is a big part of your career or hobby, this probably won't matter a bit.
  4. Some things may not change. When there is an aspect of appearance that we do not admire in ourselves, it stands out like a sore thumb. To us, that is. You may have felt self-conscious about the shape of your nose for years but others may have never noticed. Therefore, when you feel thrilled at the new shape of your nose, others may not notice the change you do. In this matter, the important thing is that you're happy with the New You, not that anyone else is.

Dr. Bershof is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, as well as board-certified in Head and Neck Surgery, making him one of a few plastic surgeons in the United States double-boarded in plastic surgery procedures. If you would like to consult with Dr. Bershof about rhinoplasty. Call our Denver office at 303.399.7662.