What is Nose Surgery?
Nose surgery, also known as rhinoplasty, is a procedure that improves the appearance and symmetry of the nose, while enhancing proportions. The popular procedure not only improves one’s looks, but can also act as reconstructive surgery that repairs issues related to breathing and airflow in the nose.
Rhinoplasty is the most common type of cosmetic surgery and can be tailored to target symmetry, alters the width, or changes the shape of a nose entirely.
The procedure is widely regarded as being one of the most intricate and complex, but thanks to our unmatched experience in the Tampa Bay area and advanced surgical techniques, Egozi Plastic Surgery Center delivers natural-looking rhinoplasty results every time.
Benefits of having Rhinoplasty surgery
- Improve Symmetry: A rhinoplasty improve the symmetry of the nose and properly proportion your nose with the rest of your face.
- Fix Bridge Bumps: The procedure can reduce any bumps on the bridge of the nose.
- Reduce Nasal Bones: Reduce excessively wide nasal bones to better proportion the nose with the rest of the face.
- Straighten Crooked Nose: Correct a crooked nose that comes from injury or birth to boost self-confidence.
- Reduce a Bulbous Tip: A rhinoplasty can create a more defined tip that is more attractive and better harmonized.
How Much Will Rhinoplasty Cost?
The cost of a rhinoplasty varies according to the breadth of cosmetic work necessary. A tip-plasty (corrects bulbous or round-tipped nose tips), while a rhinoplasty that reduces the bridge of the nose and improves breathing. A revision rhinoplasty that corrects the results of a previous rhinoplasty, requires the highest level of skill and will cost more. For more info regard to pricing, feel free to contact Egozi Surgery Center.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Rhinoplasty
Whether you want to change the size and shape of the nose or rectify a breathing issue, a rhinoplasty is a procedure that can be used for both cosmetic enhancements and functional corrections.
There is no specific criteria for a rhinoplasty procedure, however, patients must be physically and psychologically mature enough. At Egozi Plastic Surgery Center, we recommend patients wait until the age of 16 before having a rhinoplasty. They would also require consent from a parent or guardian.
Other factors for candidacy include having a well-defined bone structure that will support the alterations, proper physical health and realistic expectations about the results to expect. These factors will be examined during your initial consultation with Dr. Egozi.
How is Rhinoplasty Performed?
There are two ways of performing the rhinoplasty procedure:
The “open” method involves a small incision between the nostrils and inside of the nostrils (the columella). This method allows the surgeon to perform more work on the nose and is most often the method of choice.
The “closed” technique involves a small incision inside the nose. This method is best utilized when working on the inners of the nose. This addresses concerns regarding obstructed airways, minor tip problems, or reducing a bridge bump.
Prior to the surgery itself, general and local anesthesia will be administered to ensure the procedure is completely painless. During the procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision (either open or closed) and once opened, the doctor will make the planned alterations, including bridge reduction and tip support augmentation.
To finish the procedure, it may be necessary for the nostrils to be reduced and narrowed to lower the risk of airway obstruction.
Why Choose Dr. Egozi for your Nose Job?
In addition to being highly qualified and competent surgeon, Dr. Egozi is also an artist who has a keen eye for detail and aesthetics – making him a perfect choice for your rhinoplasty procedure in Tampa Bay.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Egozi will walk you through the process during a consultation as to whether rhinoplasty is right for you, what to expect, recovery, and other details to ensure you can be confident in your decision.
Recovery Process After Rhinoplasty
For the drastic results a rhinoplasty provides, the procedure boasts an impressively short recovery period. Patients will notice some initial swelling and bruising around the eyes immediately after the procedure, and will return home with a splint on their nose.
The splint, which will be removed after one week, helps the nose to maintain the new shape and prevents the bones from moving out of position.
During the initial recovery period, it is recommended that patients prepare their living space and plan ahead. In the days that follow the surgery, the last thing you’ll want is a busy schedule. Have a friend or family member look after pets, and help out with children. Get your resting space ready and prepare some home cooked meals before the procedure date. This ensures you are as relaxed as possible.
Dr. Egozi provides all patients with thorough details about what to expect during the recovery period and efforts that can be made to make the recovery more comfortable.
How Long Will the Recovery Period be for This?
Although the recovery period can vary from person to person, patients should expect to have 7-10 days off work after the procedure. Over the course of the first week, you will feel progressively better, as the bruising and swelling begins to subside.
Each patient will have different amounts of bruising and swelling. Swelling can take a couple of months to fully resolve but bruising will soften after weeks. Generally speaking, noticeable swelling and bruising will clear after three weeks, allowing patients to show at social events without feeling self-conscious.
Six weeks in, the patient will be able to resume all physical activities and the reshaped nose begins to appear natural.
Schedule Your Tampa Bay Nose Surgery
To book a consultation with a renowned rhinoplasty surgeon in Tampa Bay, contact Dr. Egozi’s office at 727-461-5872. The initial meeting will allow you to become better educated about the procedure and appropriate recommendations can be made based on the goals you would like to achieve.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are the Potential Side Effects/Risks of Rhinoplasty?
A rhinoplasty, like any procedure, comes with a small chance of complications. Dr. Egozi has performed many successful rhinoplasties in his time and, as such, the risks are extremely unlikely.
- The shifting of bones might result in small irregularities of the nose bridge after the surgery.
- On occasion the external scar can be visible and need lasers to improve or eliminate them.
- Infections are rare and we take every precaution necessary to ensure the surgery is seamless.
- Compromised air flow can occur and additional airflow surgery may be required.
Is Rhinoplasty a Permanent Procedure?
Yes. A rhinoplasty changes the naso-craniofacial structure and once healed is stable, meaning it will last the rest of your life. Of course, it is possible that the nose can break or shift in the years that follow but this would require significant force.
Does Rhinoplasty Improve Breathing?
Yes, rhinoplasty can be used to improve breathing. To resolve airflow obstruction it may be necessary to have a complimentary procedure designed to enlarge the airway passages, commonly known as a septoplasty.
Differences Between Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty?
A rhinoplasty changes the shape of the nose for medical or cosmetic reasons, while a septoplasty is a procedure that corrects a deviated septum, the wall of tissue between your nasal passages which helps to alleviate breathing problems.
How Do You Stop a Nosebleed After Rhinoplasty?
Post rhinoplasty, a minor amount of bleeding is considered normal, particularly in the first 12 hours after surgery, and Dr. Egozi will instruct you on how to carefully and safely change your gauze during this period. Some find that over the counter nasal decongestants help to reduce bleeding. For the first 3 or 4 days, pinkish or reddish discharge from your nose or throat may also occur. After several days, if you continue to experience heavy bleeding, be sure to lay down and immediately prop your head up on several pillows. If the bleeding persists, never hesitate to call our office for further assistance!
Are You Board-Certified to Perform Rhinoplasty?
Board certification remains one of the most reliable indicators that your surgeon is a bonafide expert you can trust, which is why we encourage all would-be patients to ask lots of questions during their consultation. Dr. Egozi would be happy to detail his long list of credentials. Having studied at some of the most reputable universities in the country, Dr. Egozi has been building up his esteemed practice for the last 15 years, earning himself a reputation as a highly qualified, competent, and artful surgeon. With his expertise in a wide range of surgical and nonsurgical procedures–including rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation, and body contouring–you can rest assured you’re in great hands with Egozi and his team.
If I Am Dissatisfied with the Cosmetic Results of My Nose Surgery, What Are My Options?
At Egozi Plastic Surgery, we do everything in our power to talk through the surgery in advance, ensuring that the procedure is understood and patient expectations are realistic. We also offer patients computer simulated imagery to show what their new nose will look like. Post-op, it’s best to exercise patience, as your final results will not be visible until all swelling and bruising have subsided. While some patients see their desired results at three weeks, others must wait 3-6 months. If you heal entirely and yet remain unhappy with your outcome, schedule an appointment—we would be happy to discuss all possible solutions!
What Should I Do to Prepare for Rhinoplasty?
Preparing for rhinoplasty surgery is an important part of the procedure as a whole, and should not be underestimated! Prior to your surgery, you should plan for someone to drive you to and from the clinic, and ideally stay with you for the first night as well. Before your rhinoplasty, do note that Dr. Egozi will ask you to undergo a series of lab tests to ensure you’re in good health. Additionally, smokers will be asked to cease smoking well in advance of surgery, and all patients will be strongly advised against taking medications which can induce bleeding, such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements.
What Foods Should I Eat Before Rhinoplasty?
In the month leading up to your rhinoplasty (and indeed any surgery), it’s important to be sure you’re getting enough daily protein. As a general rule of thumb, eat about 0.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight. For women, this is typically 50-60 grams, and for men it’s 70-90. Some of the best protein-rich foods include turkey, beef, lean chicken, fish, and shellfish. If you’re vegetarian, replace meat with protein-heavy foods like eggs, cheese, and nuts. Carbohydrates like quinoa, potatoes, whole grain pasta, beans, legumes, and vegetables are the perfect complement to your protein.
Can I Drink Water Before My Rhinoplasty?
It’s extremely important to take the “no water before surgery” rule seriously, as ingesting water before your procedure can cause aspiration pneumonia or lung problems! Be sure to avoid eating or drinking anything (water included) after midnight the night before rhinoplasty (or for at least 12 hours beforehand). When brushing your teeth before rhinoplasty, avoid swallowing water while rinsing. If you need to swallow essential medications with a sip of water, this is the one exception to the rule, but only when absolutely necessary. If you make a mistake and eat or drink before your rhinoplasty, let us know–we will reschedule your surgery.
Can I Take Tylenol Before Undergoing Rhinoplasty?
While acetaminophen (Tylenol or one of its generic equivalents) is considered safe before rhinoplasty, it’s integral that you avoid certain other medications for two weeks leading up to your surgery. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (like Advil or Motrin), naproxen (such as Aleve), as well as other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications or other medications containing these compounds, including but not limited to certain herbal supplements, and vitamin E, as these may all increase your risk of bleeding. This is an effect you definitely want to avoid before your rhinoplasty surgery!
Can I Brush My Teeth After Rhinoplasty?
Throughout your rhinoplasty recovery process, it’s very important to do all you can to avoid any stress or pressure on or around your nose, and although it may be counterintuitive, this includes being extra careful with your toothbrush. Why? Because brushing your teeth too hard or fast can move your upper lip around, which can in turn affect the cartilage and tissues of your nasal area during their most important period of healing. Bottom line: do keep brushing your teeth, but be very gentle, and never rush!