Rhinoplasty in Miami Beach, FL
Rhinoplasty is a popular cosmetic surgery that is often referred to as a “nose job”. By surgically changing its structure, Miami Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Gabe Salloum can adjust the shape and size of the nose for a more balanced appearance. Rhinoplasty can be performed for medical or cosmetic reasons and often improves a person’s quality of life.
What Is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that alters the structure and appearance of the nose. Both bone and cartilage can be reshaped, depending on the patient’s goals. To create a proportional-looking nasal structure, the aesthetics of the entire face are taken into consideration when planning the surgery.
A symmetrical nose will depend on other facial features to create a balanced appearance. Many people choose to get rhinoplasty so they can achieve smaller nostrils and a straight bridge. Others prefer to narrow the width of their nostrils while maintaining the nose’s overall size. Dr. Salloum guides patients through the planning process to customize their procedure for a natural look.
The Benefits of Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty provides multiple benefits for both men and women. Patients who are interested in the procedure for cosmetic reasons typically find that it boosts their self-esteem. There is a noticeable difference in the profile after the surgery that should complement the rest of the face.
The procedure is extremely versatile. Dr. Salloum can remove a prominent nasal hump or change the width of the nose. Bulbous nasal tips or “hooked” noses can be easily altered. Crookedness and other common cosmetic issues can also be addressed.
Rhinoplasty is also frequently performed for medical reasons. Structural abnormalities of the nose are not uncommon and can be caused by genetics or trauma. Injuries can occur due to a car crash or blunt force trauma to the face. Whether a person was born with structural abnormalities or not, the nose can be damaged at any age.
A deviated septum (crookedness in the wall separating the nasal passages) is one of the most common medical reasons for getting a nose job. This issue frequently causes breathing problems due to airway obstruction. If the nasal structure is compromised, it can lead to poor sleep and other problems. Nose surgery can correct this problem by realigning the nose.
Chronic allergies and polyps can also obstruct the airways. By altering the shape of the nasal structure, pollen, mold, and even dust are less likely to cause breathing problems.
Rhinoplasty can also reduce snoring for some people with breathing problems. Quality sleep is important at any age. By eliminating chronic sinus problems, over-the-counter sleep aids may no longer be necessary.
The Rhinoplasty Consultation
An initial consultation is required for all patients. During this meeting, patients will learn more about the procedure and what is and isn’t possible for their nose. Rhinoplasty is not a “cookie-cutter” procedure and must be customized, for this reason, there are many variations of it, such as revision rhinoplasty, African American or ethnic rhinoplasty, as well as different techniques like closed and open rhinoplasty.
An initial consultation is about more than just figuring out the surgical plan to address the shape and size of the nose. Although most patients will qualify for the surgery, a medical history is necessary to determine candidacy. This background information will help ensure that patients stay safe while achieving beautiful rhinoplasty results.
A typical consultation includes an exam of the patient’s facial proportions and bone structure. Pictures of the nose may be taken from various angles to assess results later. As always, questions are encouraged throughout the process.
Patient goals are discussed in a spa-like environment. There is valet parking available to make the visit as relaxing as possible.
Who Qualifies for a Rhinoplasty?
The Miami Center for Plastic Surgery has high standards of care and will want to know as much about a patient’s medical background as possible. Those who have bleeding disorders such as hemophilia may not be considered safe candidates for the procedure. Teenagers who have not reached their full growth potential are also at risk of developing complications after the surgery.
Qualified candidates for rhinoplasty include healthy non-smokers with realistic expectations. Physically healthy patients who are not taking blood thinners can typically undergo rhinoplasty with few risks.
*All patients are unique and individual results may vary.
The Rhinoplasty Preparation
Before the procedure, patients might be asked to adjust their medications. This is primarily due to the risks of the surgery itself. Patients who are using blood thinners are at risk if they do not discontinue their use in advance. Dosages are carefully monitored or reduced depending on a number of individual safety factors.
Nicotine use is not advised. Before surgery, a patient will need to stop smoking or vaping at least several weeks in advance. Aspirin and some other over-the-counter medications should also be avoided in addition to certain herbal supplements.
The procedure is performed at the Miami Center for Plastic Surgery. A ride to and from the appointment will be necessary. It’s important to arrange this beforehand so there is no confusion or concern.
The Rhinoplasty Surgery
Depending on the type of surgery required, the procedure can be performed with the patient under local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia. During the procedure, both bone and cartilage can be readjusted to change the shape of a nose.
Rhinoplasty usually involves a small incision at the base of the nose. From here, the nasal structure can be shaped, sometimes using cartilage from other areas of the nose. After the alterations are complete, both the skin and tissue can be properly restored.
Patients can go home the same day of the surgery. Grogginess from the anesthesia is to be expected and will wear off within an hour.
The Rhinoplasty Recovery
Patients will need time to rest after the procedure. An internal dressing will remain inside the nose for approximately one week. A splint is placed for support which will continue to protect the nose. This, too, will be removed in approximately 7 days.
It is normal to experience light bleeding after the surgery. This will usually end after a day or two. To avoid swelling, patients should take baths instead of showers, sleep with their heads elevated for the first few days, and eat lots of high-fiber foods. Sunscreen is recommended to protect the healing skin.
Typically, patients take one week off from work. There will be some swelling, but this is not permanent and the majority of it should subside after a few weeks. The last of the residual swelling can take up to a year to resolve.
It depends. Some insurance policies will, but only if there is a medical reason.
Anesthesia is always used for a rhinoplasty. This means you will not feel pain during the procedure. Discomfort during recovery should be minimal and you will likely be given a prescription for pain medication to get you through the first few days.
You will experience some swelling, but bruising is rare. The swelling will gradually resolve on its own.
No. Even though rhinoplasty does not require months for recovery, patients still need proper rest. The first day after surgery is the most important day to stay at home.
Patients who elevate their heads will reduce any swelling and bleeding. Many patients take approximately one week before returning to their job.
The cost of rhinoplasty depends on multiple factors. Since not all rhinoplasty procedures are the same, the cost will vary. For those who want to alter both the nasal bridge and nostrils, the price may be more expensive.
Insurance will also play a large factor in cost. Insurance might pay for some or all of the procedure if it is for a medical purpose. A typical rhinoplasty can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000.
Cosmetic procedures are often paired together. Since patients are already under anesthesia, multiple surgeries can be accomplished at one time.
The most common surgeries paired with a rhinoplasty include eyelid surgery and chin augmentation. These procedures are designed to reshape the face. A chin augmentation redefines the jawline whereas eyelid surgery is primarily used to treat bags below the eyes or to fix drooping upper eyelids.
If you live near Miami Beach, FL, Miami Center For Plastic Surgery offers rhinoplasty among its services, and is conveniently located at 4308 Alton Road #720 Miami Beach, FL 33140
Learn More About Your Rhinoplasty Options
To fully understand what’s possible, booking an initial consultation with Dr. Salloum at our Miami, FL, office is crucial. This will allow you to discuss all the possible options with an expert board certified plastic surgeon. Call the Miami Center for Plastic Surgery at 305.405.6910 today.