Rhinoplasty is the name of the surgical procedure used for correcting (or simply changing) the appearance of your nose. It can be performed for either cosmetic purposes, functional purposes, or both. Quite often, a deviated nasal septum is repaired at the same time to improve nasal breathing.
Your Advanced Facial Plastics (AFP) surgeon is uniquely trained and qualified to successfully perform and complete this procedure, regardless of your reason for seeking one.
Rhinoplasty, which may be performed through either an internal or an external incision depending on your surgeon’s determination, commonly takes approximately 1 to 2 hours. You can then expect to have a nasal cast for approximately one week after surgery. At the time of the initial consultation with your surgeon, your nose will be analyzed and you will hold a comprehensive discussion to determine the best approach to improve your appearance. Often, photos will be taken of you and imaging software will be used to help you visualize what the changes will look like.
When it comes to adolescents, Cosmetic Rhinoplasty is commonly performed once most of the growing has been completed...girls starting at the age of 14 or 15; boys around 15 or 16 years of age. Participation in contact sports also plays a role in the timing of the operation. Recuperation is usually about five to seven days but physical activities are off limits for at least two weeks. Contact sports are to be avoided for at least six weeks so that the bones heal properly.
After surgery, bruising may occur and generally lasts approximately one to two weeks.
Cosmetic Rhinoplasty is defined as ‘non-medically necessary’, and as such, is an uncovered medical expense. This means that the cost of the cosmetic surgical procedure will not be covered by insurance companies. However, patients who undergo a medically necessary procedure (a functional Rhinoplasty, most commonly as the result of a well-documented trauma from a car accident or sports injury, for example) simultaneous with a cosmetic procedure, may be covered by insurance.