Surgery to improve the size, shape and alignment of the nose is called rhinoplasty, or in casual terms, a nose job. New Jersey board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Bidic of American Surgical Arts has a long history of specializing in reconstructive and cosmetic techniques for the nose, having served as a faculty member at the esteemed Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium from 2005 to 2010.
A Consultation That's All About You
One Patient's Rhinoplasty Experience
The size and shape of the nose greatly affect the balance and overall appearance of the face. During your consultation, Dr. Bidic or Dr. Vinay Gundlapalli, who are appreciated for the time they spend with each patient, will carefully evaluate your nose and facial anatomy. Using their medical knowledge and aesthetic approach, they will develop a surgical plan that corrects your specific nasal issues while creating results that are harmonious with your facial features.
When to Consider Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is a solution when you are self-conscious about your nose's appearance (cosmetic rhinoplasty) or when you want to correct structural issues that make breathing difficult (functional rhinoplasty). In certain cases, cosmetic changes can be made during functional rhinoplasty. Men and women consult with Dr. Bidic and Dr. Gundlapalli about nose surgery because they want to:
- Reduce or augment the nose
- Align a crooked nose
- Alter the shape or slope of the nose
- Reduce the span of the nostrils
- Modify the angle between the nose and the upper lip
- Remedy breathing difficulties caused by anatomical irregularities
The surgeon works with you during your consultation to determine the specific approach to your procedure.
Your Rhinoplasty Procedure
Our plastic surgeons can reshape the nose to improve its appearance and your facial proportions. This may involve an endonasal, or closed rhinoplasty or an external, or open rhinoplasty.
A closed approach works through the nostrils by using incisions hidden inside the nose. An open rhinoplasty involves an incision across the columella (tissue between the nostrils), and the nasal tissues are pulled back.
The closed method leaves no visible scars while the open method will create a very small, discreet scar along the columella. The technique the surgeon chooses will depend on your specific needs.
The Cost of Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty procedure prices vary from patient to patient, depending on the extent of the procedure, the geographical region where it's performed, and the training and experience of your surgeon, among other factors. Our plastic surgeons keep the cost of surgical procedures competitive with other South New Jersey rhinoplasty surgeons and will provide you with a personalized estimate at your consultation. Although cost is a factor for most patients, it shouldn't be the primary reason you choose a certain plastic surgeon. It's important to select an experienced surgeon who is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.
What to Expect After Surgery
Protecting your nose in the first several weeks after surgery is critical. You may wear a nasal splint to shield your nose from accidental bumps. A rhinoplasty patient's face is puffy immediately after surgery, and swelling and bruising around the eyes is normal. Cold compresses help keep patients comfortable, as do pain relief medications prescribed by the surgeon.
Activity is limited during the first 7 to 10 days. Exercise or other actions that require physical exertion should be avoided for at least 3 weeks. It's also important to avoid exposing the nose to direct sunlight during the healing process. Although you will notice changes to your nose's appearance as the swelling and bruising diminish, the full results of rhinoplasty are often not apparent until up to a year after surgery.
Advanced 3D imaging lets you see the possibilities.
We use VECTRA 3D imaging to create a remarkable simulation of your projected surgical results. You and the surgeon can make virtual adjustments until you're both clear on the look you want to achieve.
Frequently Asked Questions
Although rhinoplasty is often performed for cosmetic reasons, many individuals need nose surgery to improve their breathing. The primary reason people get what is referred to as "functional rhinoplasty" is nasal obstructions. Other reasons for rhinoplasty include:
- Repairing an injury to the nose that impacts breathing
- Correcting a congenital condition that impedes airflow
- Expanding nostrils that are too narrow for comfortable breathing
In certain cases, the surgeon makes aesthetic changes to a patient's nose as part of functional rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty is the most common cosmetic procedure performed on teenagers. There is no specific age limit to get rhinoplasty, although minors must have permission of their parent or guardian before undergoing any medical procedure. No one should get rhinoplasty until their nose is finished growing. For most girls, that occurs around age 16. Boys' noses usually don't stop developing until age 17 or 18.
We recommend waiting at least 3 weeks before resuming strenuous workouts. The same timeframe applies to swimming. Chlorine can irritate incisions, and patients should avoid diving for at least 6 weeks. Avoid contact sports or other situations in which there's a risk of bumping the nose for 6 weeks. We'll provide a more specific timeline for your favorite activities during your consultation.