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What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, more commonly called a “nose job,” is a facial surgery that reshapes your nose. Rhinoplasty can address the size, shape, and symmetry of your nose, achieving a more harmonious and refined appearance. Done right, rhinoplasty takes attention away from your nose and instead balances the facial features with each other to draw attention to your eyes and mouth. 

Many patients experience a better quality of life after rhinoplasty, as the surgery helps to resolve insecurities and unhappiness about their nose and its effect on their general facial appearance. Rhinoplasty can also be performed to address a deviated septum, breathing problems, excessive snoring and other issues that contribute to reducing the quality of life. 

As one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world, rhinoplasty is often in demand because it’s a procedure that has the ability to improve the entire balance of the face. At Regency, our team is proud to include some of the most talented surgeons for rhinoplasty in Phoenix.

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What can a rhinoplasty do?

Whether you've always disliked your nose or it has begun to bother you more recently, a rhinoplasty, more commonly called a “nose job”, is a surgery designed to improve this prominent feature. Rhinoplasty can correct:

  • A nasal bump
  • Bulbous nasal tip
  • Crooked nose
  • Nasal tip asymmetry
  • A wide nose
  • Overly large or long nose
  • Oversized nostrils
  • Crooked bridge
  • Breathing problems/deviated septum
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What are the benefits of rhinoplasty?

For many patients, rhinoplasty is a life-changing surgery, as it results in an enhanced appearance or improves the functionality of their breathing, or both. The main benefits of rhinoplasty include the following:

  • Enhanced facial harmony and balance
  • Reshapes and enhances a pinched or overly small nose
  • Decreases the size of a too-large or humped nose
  • Corrects a deviated septum
  • Provides an aesthetically pleasing shape to the nostrils
  • Reduces the size of the nasal bridge or the nasal tip
  • Improves breathing
  • Provides a boost in confidence, which helps improve the quality of life

Who is a candidate for rhinoplasty?

If you’re considering rhinoplasty in Phoenix, you may be a perfect candidate. The best nose surgery candidates are those who:

  • Are unhappy with how their nose looks
  • Have realistic expectations for the surgery
  • Are over the age of 18
  • Are generally healthy non-smokers

Why consider nose surgery?

Many individuals thinking about rhinoplasty in Phoenix feel that the flaws of their nose are all that people see. While this usually isn’t the case, it can’t be denied that the nose does draw the eye. This is because it sits directly in the center of the face. 

When the nose is in balance with the rest of the face, it can enhance other features and create a beautiful, harmonious appearance. The nose also has the unique ability to either masculinize or feminize the face if it is “weak” or “strong”. 

Every patient will have a different reason for wanting to undergo a rhinoplasty. For some, it has been a life-long issue that they are finally ready to correct. For others, it may be a more recent problem because their nose has been broken or has started to change with age. And others will want a nose surgery to help with their breathing problems. No matter what your specific reasons may be, our rhinoplasty team at Regency will create a unique treatment plan tailored just for you and your needs to achieve the best possible outcome.  

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Your rhinoplasty consultation

The first step for those who are interested in rhinoplasty in the Phoenix area is to come have a consultation with us at Regency Specialties. A rhinoplasty consultation is very important, because it is where you’ll be able to voice your questions and concerns.

It’s where your treatment plan will be determined and designed, and it’s also where you will be taken step-by-step through the entire surgical and recovery process so that you fully know what to expect.

At Regency, our priority is to achieve the nose you want, while keeping your safety and well-being in mind at all times. Your consultation will be the very beginning of this.

Rhinoplasty surgical details

Rhinoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia and takes 1.5 to 3 hours to complete. It is an outpatient procedure.

There are two types of surgical rhinoplasty techniques: open and closed. If you’re having significant changes made to your nose, you’ll have an open rhinoplasty. This technique is common for more complex nose surgery and allows the surgeon to perform with maximum precision.

With open rhinoplasty, your surgeon will make incisions in the columella (the vertical strip of skin that separates the nostrils). The soft tissue and skin will be lifted from the underlying structures of the nose so that your surgeon can see the nasal anatomy to correct the imperfections.

With a closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made within the nose. Your surgeon will separate the skin of the nose from the bone and cartilage, which form its supporting framework. Once exposed, bone and cartilage can be removed or re-sculpted to make the improvements. 

Many patients who have nose surgery to correct a deviated septum have cosmetic changes made at the same time. Once the corrections have been made to the deviated septum, the underlying structure of the nose is then sculpted to the desired shape, the nasal skin and tissue is re-draped, and incisions are closed.

During your consultation with us, we will determine which technique of rhinoplasty is the best for your needs and aesthetic goals.

Rhinoplasty frequently asked questions

Is rhinoplasty covered by health insurance?

Like all cosmetic surgeries, rhinoplasty is not typically covered by health insurance. However, if the procedure will be to correct a functional problem, some insurance may cover it. We will discuss during your consultation if your rhinoplasty may be covered or partially covered by health insurance.

Will I be able to wear my glasses after surgery?

You may wear your glasses on top of your splint or cast during your first week of recovery, but once it has been removed, you will need to avoid wearing any type of glasses for six weeks. Wearing glasses can cause your nasal bones to shift. If this is a concern to you, please bring this up during your consultation with us.

What is non-surgical rhinoplasty?

Non-surgical rhinoplasty, also called a “liquid nose job”, uses dermal fillers to make small adjustments to the nose. For some patients who want to make changes to their nose, dermal fillers are a great option—although the results are not permanent. Dermal fillers can improve symmetry, fill in depressions, and hide nasal bumps for several months at a time.

What is rhinoplasty recovery like?

Following your nose surgery, there will be a mild to moderate amount of pain and discomfort. We will recommend or prescribe medications to help, and the discomfort and pain should begin to decrease within 72 hours. If dressing or splints were used on your nose, it will be removed in 5 to 7 days during your follow-up appointment. 

Most patients take one week off work or school. When your splint or dressings are removed, a lot of the bruising and swelling can be hidden with makeup. However, if you don’t want anyone to notice at all, you may need to plan to take two weeks off work.

It’s important for patients to understand that their nose may be considerably swollen for about two weeks. This is normal and no cause for alarm; however, the swelling may cause your nose to appear wider and the tip more upturned and more bulbous than it will eventually look.

The swelling will subside over the course of a couple of weeks and will continue to go down over the next several months. Keeping your head elevated, using cold packs, and sleeping upright will help reduce swelling. 

The first couple of weeks after your nose job, you may feel as though your nose is very congested, as if you have a cold. This is also very common, as is swelling, numbness, and bruising. Exercise should be avoided for at least three weeks after your rhinoplasty.

Another important thing for patients to note is that it may take up to a year for the final results of a rhinoplasty to become apparent — although your nose will continue to look better and better each day as the swelling subsides.

What are the results after a rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a procedure that can completely transform a patient’s self-esteem and confidence. Although it can take a year for the results to become finalized, a nose job makes quite a change that is often subtle, yet remarkably improved. It has the ability to bring harmony to the entire face, adjusting imperfections and asymmetry that can be distracting. The majority of patients who undergo rhinoplasty are very pleased with the results.

Why choose regency specialties for rhinoplasty in Phoenix?

If you’re interested in undergoing nose surgery in Phoenix, Buckeye, Surprise, or the nearby areas, put yourself in the skilled hands of artistic and experienced professionals. We are a patient-centric, multi-specialty group delivering the very best treatments in dermatology, plastic surgery, breast oncology, reconstruction, and dermatopathology, all in one practice. This offers a convenient solution for our patients. We provide the highest level of care and availability, featuring the top specialists in Arizona. You will feel completely welcome from the moment you enter our door to your very last follow-up appointment. Our comfortable and luxurious office will make you feel relaxed and at ease, and our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have. To learn more or schedule a consultation, please call 623-243-9077 or contact us online.

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