Your nose is the centerpiece of your face. It can be a common source of anxiety when you are unhappy with its size or shape. The good news is that if you’d like to improve either your appearance, your breathing, or both, you have excellent options at Illuminate Plastic Surgery. Commonly known as a “nose job”, rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed in the U.S. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 213,000 people have a rhinoplasty each year. Illuminate’s Double Board Certified facial plastic surgeon in Palo Alto & San Jose, Dr. Brittany Leader specializes in rhinoplasty and her artistic eye combined with experience and world-class techniques can help you to realize a nose that fits with your ideal image. Read on to learn more about this life-changing procedure and schedule a consultation with Dr. Leader for yourself.
Rhinoplasty is a common surgical procedure used to sculpt and refine the shape of the nose and balance the face. At Illuminate in Palo Alto or San Jose rhinoplasty can also treat certain medical conditions, such as a broken nose, blocked airways, or deviated septum. Performing this procedure for cosmetic reasons involves a combination of art and science, offering natural-looking results when performed with the finesse of a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Brittany Leader at Illuminate Plastic Surgery.
There are two basic types of rhinoplasty which vary by the type of incisions that are used to perform the surgery. In an open rhinoplasty, your plastic surgeon will create incisions inside the nose as well as on the external part between your nostrils. Alternatively, closed rhinoplasty involves incisions made solely within the nose. The surgeon will then lift the skin and reshape the bone and cartilage underneath it. Depending on your rhinoplasty goals, you can expect an improvement in your nose’s appearance and function.
Patients will choose to have a rhinoplasty to correct various cosmetic or functional concerns. With a rhinoplasty Palo Alto or San Jose patients can also receive profound psychological benefits, for patients who have always been dissatisfied with their nose or desire to improve nasal breathing.
Common conditions treated through rhinoplasty include:
You likely are, if you are in good general health and a nonsmoker. It is best to wait until you are at least 16 years of age to have a rhinoplasty, after the growth of your facial features have matured and are stabilized.
This is the single most important decision you will make when you decide to have a rhinoplasty procedure. For great, long-lasting results, don’t settle for less than the best. Double Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brittany Leader has trained under some of the world’s top plastic surgeons and has helped many individuals to experience greater self-confidence and satisfaction with their new nose. Before scheduling your rhinoplasty Palo Alto & San Jose facial plastic surgeon Dr. Leader will review your medical history and perform a thorough examination of the inside and outside of your nose. In addition, she will photograph your face at multiple views and with several expressions, to fully analyze your facial anatomy. Listening to your concerns, she will determine a surgical plan designed for your personal goals. It is best to arrive makeup-free for your visit.
Dr. Leader performs Palo Alto and San Jose rhinoplasty procedures at our two state-of-the-art AAAASF-certified operating facilities. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia, with board certified anesthesiologists. Your surgeon will use techniques best suited for you to carefully augment your nose into its new form. Once the procedure is finished, a splint or cast will be placed over the nose to maintain compression for about one week.
The first few days after rhinoplasty can be uncomfortable. You should anticipate facial swelling and bruising, and you will feel congested. The splint that was applied after surgery will be removed at your one-week follow-up appointment. It is recommended that you abstain from strenuous exercise and sleep with your head elevated for two or three weeks post-procedure to help reduce swelling. The quicker you alleviate the swelling, the sooner you should be able to see your final result.
If you have a rhinoplasty procedure to aid with breathing problems, you should experience better breathing as soon as the splint is removed. Your breathing will continue to improve as your healing progresses and swelling subsides. At two weeks post-procedure, you should be ready to go out in public without significant signs of swelling. If you have any residual bruising, you may use makeup to cover it. At three months, most of the swelling will have disappeared, and you will have a much better idea of your rhinoplasty results. You may love the sight of your new nose at this point, but be ready to love it more when 90% of residual swelling subsides by the six-month mark. Final results are seen at approximately one year.
Illuminate’s trusted rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Brittany Leader performs individualized rhinoplasty procedures using world-class techniques to achieve exquisite results. She combines her elite surgical training and skill with a commitment to your safety and satisfaction. Call us today to schedule a personal consultation.
The majority of patients tolerate rhinoplasty well. One day after surgery, most patients rate their discomfort as “mild to moderate.” Your doctor will prescribe medication as needed and when appropriate to ensure your comfort. Most discomfort from a rhinoplasty resolves within one week.
All surgeries come with some risks, which will be discussed with you during your pre-operative visit. For rhinoplasty San Jose or Palo Alto patients' risks may include:
If your surgery is performed for a medical reason, such as to improve your breathing, your insurance might provide coverage for a portion or even all of your costs. But if your procedure is cosmetic, insurance coverage will not be applicable.
The cost of a Rhinoplasty can range from $21,000 to $30,000, varying based on the specifics of what is needed for your case. This comprehensive price encompasses all associated costs, including anesthesia, facility charges, and all necessary follow-up appointments, though this range is an estimate which will be finalized at your consultation. To facilitate affordability, some patients choose to finance the procedure through monthly installments with providers like CareCredit or Alphaeon.
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At Illuminate we’re with you during every step of your journey toward greater self-confidence. Schedule a consultation with us today and let Illuminate’s expert team listen to your concerns and guide you through treatments and procedures to help you reach your individual goals. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating your renewed appearance and realized potential.