Nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, is one of the most common of all plastic surgery procedures, and it is consistently in the top three of all cosmetic surgeries performed by Dr. David Kim and Dr. Eugene Kim at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery. The treatment’s popularity can be attributed to the prominence of nose shape in facial aesthetics; perhaps no other feature defines the face quite like the nose. A refined profile can completely change the harmony of a person’s facial features, which is why it’s no surprise that unhappiness with nose size is one of the most common cosmetic complaints.
Treatment is effective at reducing or increasing nose size, changing the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrowing the span of the nostrils, and even changing the angle between the nose and the upper lip. The procedure may also help relieve some breathing problems. For patients suffering from a birth defect, injury to the nose, or a cosmetic flaw, this popular cosmetic procedure can provide you with improved facial balance.
The surgeons at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery have a careful approach to the art of cosmetic nose surgery, allowing them to produce phenomenal results that still look natural. They are committed to the highest degree of care and treatment, from your initial consultation to your post-operative appointments.
If you’re considering rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills, discover how the surgeons at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery can help you achieve an aesthetically pleasing profile and balanced facial aesthetics.
To learn more about how you can benefit from a nose job, contact Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery today at (310) 746-5439 to schedule your consultation.
Are You Qualified for Treatment?
The best rhinoplasty candidates are those who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way that their nose looks. If you’re physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations, you may be an ideal candidate. Age may also be a consideration. Most surgeons prefer not to operate on teens until after they’ve completed their growth spurt since the face can change during this time. Likewise, since the teen years can be a difficult period of emotional adjustment, it might be a good idea for teens to postpone treatment until they’re emotionally mature enough to make the decision that’s best for them.
Many patients find that rhinoplasty gives them a boost in self-confidence, but it’s important to understand that nose surgery won’t necessarily change your looks to perfectly match your ideal vision. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully and make sure your expectations regarding the procedure are realistic. View our before-and-after photo gallery to see real results from former patients.
Choosing a Beverly Hills Rhinoplasty Surgeon
When it comes to this delicate procedure, a little goes a long way, which is why it’s important to choose a specialist who has the care and skill to sculpt your nose with precision. Dr. David Kim and Dr. Eugene Kim are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties as a true plastic surgery board. Through years of extensive education, training, and experience, our surgeons approach every procedure with artistic insight, allowing them to produce exquisite, natural-looking results.
Your Consultation for Cosmetic Nose Surgery
Your initial appointment is the perfect opportunity to have any questions or concerns addressed by our board-certified surgeons. Good communication will allow you and your surgeon to have a productive relationship so your cosmetic needs are met and you are informed throughout the process.
During your consultation, your surgeon will ask what you’d like your nose to look like, evaluate your nasal and facial structure, and discuss other cosmetic possibilities with you. For example, some patients are seeking a more youthful appearance; non-invasive procedures like Botox or fillers can be the perfect addition to a fully rejuvenated look. Your surgeon will also explain the factors that can influence the procedure and the results. These factors include the structure of your nasal bones and cartilage, the shape of your face, the thickness and elasticity of your skin, your age, and your expectations.
Our surgeons will go over the techniques used, your anesthesia options, where the surgery will be performed, and the costs involved. While most health insurance policies don’t cover the cost of cosmetic treatment, the procedure may be covered if it is performed for reconstructive purposes or to correct a breathing problem or deformity. Be sure to check with your insurance company to obtain pre-authorization, if possible.
At your consultation, it’s important to inform your surgeon if you’ve ever had previous surgery or an injury to your nose, even if it was many years ago. You should also tell your surgeon if you have any allergies or breathing difficulties, if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or recreational drugs, and if you smoke.
Preparing for Your Rhinoplasty – What to Expect Before Treatment
Patients can be understandably nervous before treatment, which is why the surgeons at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery provide specific instructions to help patients prepare. Prior to your surgery, you will be given detailed dietary guidelines, and instructions on taking or avoiding vitamins and medications and washing your face. You should also arrange for someone to drive you to and from your surgery, and consider having someone help you out at home for a few days so you can focus on healing. By carefully following these instructions, you can better position yourself for an optimal outcome.
Understanding Your Surgery
How It Works
Treatment typically takes about an hour or two to complete, but more extensive procedures will take longer. During nose surgery, the skin is separated from the bone and cartilage that makes up the nasal framework. The bone and cartilage in the nose are then sculpted and shaped, depending on your specific cosmetic goals and the surgeon’s preferred technique. Bumps are removed using a chisel or rasp, and the nasal bones can be brought closer together to create a narrower bridge. Cartilage is carefully trimmed to refine and reshape the tip of the nose.
A nose splint will be applied after the procedure has been completed, which helps the nose maintain its newly sculpted shape. To help support the septum (the wall between the air passages), nasal packs or soft splints may also be placed inside of your nostrils.
Where Incisions Are Made
When treatment is performed from within the nose, the incision will be made inside the nostrils. For open procedures, which are necessitated in more complicated nose surgeries, the incision is made across the strip of tissue that separations the nostrils, called the columella. When tip work is necessary, this is the preferred method. But for patients who only want to correct their nose bump, a closed approach is appropriate.
Risks Associated with Nose Surgery
Rhinoplasty is a safe procedure, especially when candidates are appropriately selected and when the surgery is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. You can also reduce your risks by being in good health, and by closely following your surgeon’s pre-operative and post-operative instructions. However, as with any surgery, there are always risks involved. Risks typically include infection, nosebleed, and adverse reactions to anesthesia.
After nose surgery, there’s also a chance that burst blood vessels may appear on the skin’s surface. While they are usually tiny, sometimes they can be permanent. In rare cases, a second surgery may have to be performed to correct a minor deformity or to address other issues. While this is rare and the corrective surgery is usually minor, the possibility for a revision still exists.
What Beverly Hills Patients are Saying
“I was on the search for one of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in LA. After reading others’ reviews and doing my research online, I chose Dr. David Kim and I’m so happy I did! 🙂 He did my rhinoplasty, septoplasty and turbinate all for an affordable LA price about 4 months ago. It was the BEST decision I’ve ever made. My nose looks amazing and I can actually breathe out of both nostrils.
When I met him in person the day of my consultation I immediately knew I wanted him to perform my surgery. You could just tell he’s extremely intelligent, very skilled and knew exactly what he was talking about. And because of that, I wasn’t even the slightest bit nervous to have the surgery done. My only regret is that I WISH I WOULD HAVE DONE IT YEARS AGO 🙂 ” Linda P., Beverly Hills
Adjusting to Your New Look After Treatment
When your face is bruised and swollen, it’s easy to feel a bit anxious. While this feeling is completely understandable, don’t forget that your swelling will soon subside. Each day, your newly sculpted nose will begin to look better. And within about a week or two, any swelling or bruising will likely have disappeared, allowing you to adjust to your new look.
Some subtle swelling might still be present for months, but this is usually not detectable by anyone other than you and your surgeon. It may take up to a year for your results to fully settle, but you can expect to see remarkable improvement just a week or two after surgery.
In the meantime, you might experience some unexpected reactions from family and friends. While some may not even notice a major difference, others might react negatively, especially if you’ve changed characteristics that they view as an ethnic trait. In either case, it’s important to remember why you made the decision to undergo treatment. If you feel satisfied with your personal cosmetic goals, then your surgery is certainly a success.
To learn more about rhinoplasty surgery in Beverly Hills, contact our facial plastic surgeons today at (310) 746-5439.
FAQs About Nose Surgery
Where Will Treatment Be Performed?
Treatment may be completed at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery’s accredited on-site surgical center, an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital. For cost and convenience, nose surgery is performed on an outpatient basis in most cases. More complex procedures may require a short inpatient stay.
What Are My Options for Anesthesia?
Local or general anesthesia may be provided, but it depends on the extent of the procedure and what you and your surgeon prefer.
With local anesthesia, you’ll usually be lightly sedated, and your nose and the surrounding area will be numbed. With general anesthesia, you’ll sleep through the operation. For optimal safety and comfort, most procedures are performed under general anesthesia.
What Can I Expect Immediately After Surgery?
In the first 24 hours after your procedure, your face will likely be puffy and your nose may ache. However, any discomfort can be alleviated with pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. You should plan on staying in bed with your head elevated for the first day.
You might experience a little bleeding during the first few days after rhinoplasty, and you should avoid blowing your nose for a week so you don’t disrupt the healing process. Nasal packing is usually removed after the first day, and patients report feeling much more comfortable after this. After one or two weeks, the remaining dressings, stitches, and splints will be removed.
Over time, swelling and bruising around your eyes will subside, but it will reach its peak around two or three days after your procedure. To provide comfort and reduce swelling, you can apply a cold compress throughout the day as needed. By two weeks, most of the swelling and bruising should disappear. In some cases, some subtle swelling will be present for a few months.
What Is Rhinoplasty Recovery Like?
Most patients feel well enough to resume their regular activities after about a week. However, it may take several weeks before you feel back to normal. Your surgeon will give you detailed guidelines about restrictions on physical activity, but in general, you should avoid strenuous exercise that may increase your blood pressure for about two or three weeks. It’s also important to avoid hitting your nose or getting it sunburned and be gentle when washing your face or using cosmetics.
Feel free to wear contact lenses as soon as you want to after surgery, as wearing glasses is a bit difficult. After your splint is removed, your nose still needs to heal. If you plan on wearing glasses during the first four to six weeks, you’ll need to either tape your glasses to your forehead or purchase a small device that allows your glasses to rest on your cheeks.
Your Beverly Hills rhinoplasty surgeon will schedule frequent follow-up visits in the months after surgery, which will help monitor the progress of your healing. If you have any unusual symptoms between visits, or any questions about what you can and can’t do, don’t hesitate to call your surgeon.
Will Treatment Give Me Noticeable Scars?
When nose surgery is performed from inside the nose, there is no visible scarring at all. With the open technique, or when the procedure calls for the narrowing of flared nostrils, the small scars on the base of the nose are usually very hard to see.
Contact Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery today at (310) 746-5439 to schedule your cosmetic nose re-shaping.