Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) in Tampa, FL
Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is one of the most traditional cosmetic surgeries still in use today. Although it was first developed almost 3,000 years ago, it remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States today. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, almost a quarter of a million nose jobs were performed in 2012 alone.
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A nose job can be used to correct a number of conditions, including a pronounced bridge and misshapen tip. These days, there are a number of techniques available to augment the nose as well. Rhinoplasty can also be used to correct a nose that has been deformed by an accident and correct structural problems that may impair breathing. Patients considering a nose job should be pleased to know that rhinoplasty is one of the procedures at which Dr. Temmen excels the most. No matter what your particular concerns are, she can help shape your nose in a way that is both attractive and functional.
Nose Surgery Techniques/ Details
Rhinoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia. This allows the doctor to work on your nose effectively, while eliminating any chance of discomfort for you. The specific techniques used to perform your nose job will vary depending on your anatomy and your goals. Some of the common techniques available include:
- Open Rhinoplasty vs. Closed Rhinoplasty
This refers to the incision used to perform your rhinoplasty. Incisions must usually be made before any adjustments to the nose can be performed. An open rhinoplasty utilizes an incision just beneath the columella, the thin piece of skin that separates the nostrils. A closed procedure refers to incisions made inside the nostrils. Closed rhinoplasty carries the added advantage of eliminating visible scarring. However, a closed procedure may not be appropriate for achieving the desired results of all patients. If your nose requires an open incision, the scarring is usually barely visible.
- Dorsal Hump Reduction
One of the most common techniques used during rhinoplasty is the reduction of the dorsal hump. Many people are unhappy with the projection of the bridge of the nose and want to improve their profile by removing the hump. This is achieved by removing tissue to give the nose a more pleasing slope. Tissue can also be removed to decrease the width of the bridge.
- Tip Reshaping
Many people are unhappy with the tip of their nose. This is usually because it is hooked, although some people may be concerned about crookedness or asymmetry as well. Tissue can be removed to improve the rotation of the tip and produce better symmetry.
More recently, rhinoplasty has become popular with patients from all ethnic backgrounds. While traditional methods focused on reducing the amount of tissue, newer methods allow plastic surgeons to increase the projection of the bridge and tip. This is usually accomplished using cartilage grafts or synthetic implants. These can be inserted to raise the bridge and increase the projection of the tip.
- Nostril Reshaping
The ideal nostril width is in line with the inner corners of the eyes. Some people have noses that flare out or attach to the face outside this target area. In these cases, small incisions can be made in the corners of the nostrils to reduce their width and achieve better facial balance.
The septum is the cartilage that separates the nostrils. If it is deviated because of an injury or genetics, it can impair your ability to breathe. Septoplasty can be combined with rhinoplasty to correct a deviated septum and restore nasal breathing.
Another contributor to restricted breathing can be oversized turbinates. These finger-like structures help filter air entering the sinus, but they can block the airway if they are too large. They can be trimmed and cauterized during a turbinectomy in order clear the airway without the need for incisions.
Determining the right techniques for your nose job will depend on the structure of your nose and what you hope to accomplish. The most important thing in any rhinoplasty procedure is to maintain optimal facial balance, shaping your nose in a way that is harmonious with your other facial features. Dr. Temmen can help you figure out the best strategy for you with her technical expertise and exceptional eye for detail.
The average price of rhinoplasty starts around $8,900 including surgeon fees, anesthesia fees, facility fees, and garments.
These days, most rhinoplasty operations are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you can return home the same day. You should make arrangements to have somebody drive you home and help you around the house after your nose job. Usually, the dressing is removed within the first week, at which point most patients are able to return to work. You should avoid any strenuous activities for about three weeks, as well as those that may lead to contact with your nose. Bruising and swelling are typical during your initial recovery. Most of the swelling subsides by the fourth week, although the final appearance of your new nose may not be completely apparent for as long as six months.
Why Patients Choose Dr. Temmen for Their Rhinoplasty
Patients from all over the Tampa Bay area go to Dr. Temmen for their nose jobs because of her expert training and meticulous attention to detail. She is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is an associate member of the American College of Surgeons, accomplishments only the best surgeons can boast of. When you come to Dr. Temmen for your rhinoplasty, you can be sure that you are getting the best treatment available.