Find Your Balance
There are a variety of reasons patients pursue a Rhinoplasty with Charlotte plastic surgeon, Dr. Adam Augenstein, but most commonly, they want to address a nose that is asymmetrical, a nose that feels disproportionately large or small in relation to the rest of the face; a nose with humps or depressions at the bridge; a nose tip that is either enlarged, hooked, or drooping; or to correct a deviated septum. Whatever the imperfection or facial imbalance, a Rhinoplasty or Septoplasty can transform your nose.
Focus on Facial Harmony
Few procedures have the ability to transform the face as effectively as Rhinoplasty (nose job) or Septoplasty (functional nose repair). These surgeries are some of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States, but they are also among the greatest challenges for aesthetic surgeons—requiring an experienced hand to achieve the best possible results.
Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that can transform the appearance of your nose. The procedure can address a variety of cosmetic concerns, including resizing the nose to better balance your facial features, altering the shape of the tip or bridge, narrowing the nostrils, or adjusting the angle between the nose and the upper lip. If you're feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your nose, rhinoplasty can significantly improve the balance and proportion of your face.
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that can be effective for people who experience difficulty breathing through their nose because of structural abnormalities in the nasal passages. If you're struggling to breathe properly due to a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, or other nasal blockages, you may be a good candidate for septoplasty. This procedure can improve your breathing and alleviate other related symptoms such as chronic congestion, snoring, or sleep apnea.
Look Better | Breathe Easier
Rhinoplasty surgery is a highly effective way to reshape your nose and create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. The procedure can address a variety of cosmetic concerns, such as reducing the size of your nose, sculpting the nasal tip, and balancing your facial features for a more harmonious appearance. Beyond the cosmetic benefits with a rhinoplasty Charlotte patients can also improve functional problems such as sinus or breathing issues caused by a deviated septum. By correcting these underlying structural issues, rhinoplasty can enhance your quality of life by improving your nasal airflow and breathing.
Some of the benefits of rhinoplasty include a smoother nose profile, customized nose shape, better nasal airflow, and more even facial proportions. The surgery is highly customizable to your individual needs, and an experienced plastic surgeon can create a nose that looks and functions better for you. If you're considering rhinoplasty, it's essential to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and concerns. They can evaluate your unique needs and develop a personalized treatment plan to achieve the best possible outcome.
During the consultation for a rhinoplasty Charlotte plastic surgeon, Dr. Augenstein, will take the time to explain the details of your specific procedure, including the steps involved and what you can expect during the recovery process. In addition, you'll have the chance to ask any questions you may have to ensure that you feel fully informed and comfortable with your decision. After your consultation, Dr. Augenstein will work with you to schedule your surgery at a convenient time. Throughout the entire process, Dr. Augenstein and their team will provide you with the care and support you need to achieve the best possible outcome.
What Can I Expect
The first phase of any cosmetic procedure is the consultation when the patient can meet with Dr. Augenstein to discuss goals and concerns. He discusses various treatment options to address these concerns and works with the patient to develop the best plan. Once a rhinoplasty is decided on, the surgery is scheduled. The length of a rhinoplasty procedure varies depending on the extent of the modification. However, a typical surgery lasts around two to three hours. The entire procedure is performed under general anesthesia, ensuring that patients are both asleep and comfortable for the duration of the surgery.
There are several different techniques the surgeon might use depending on what the patient wants to achieve. An open technique involves utilizing an incision between the nostrils at the base of the nose. A closed technique involves placing the incision at the lining of the nostrils. The surgeon can then rearrange cartilage and, possibly, reshape bones in an effort to alter the nose. Septoplasty can also be performed at the time of rhinoplasty if necessary. During the consultation phase, the doctor will discuss the various methods and, specifically, the best technique to help each patient achieve their desired shape and size. Note that a nose job is frequently combined with chin augmentation for facial balance.
Managing & Maintaining Your Results
To ensure the longevity of your rhinoplasty or septoplasty results, following some important aftercare guidelines is essential. First, you should avoid activities that could potentially harm your nose, such as wearing heavy glasses or sunglasses on the bridge of your nose or participating in contact sports that could cause facial injuries. In addition, you should be mindful of exposing your nose to extreme temperatures or UV light, as this could impact the healing process and cause scarring. Therefore, it's best to avoid excessive sun exposure and to apply sunblock when necessary to protect your skin from damage.
Good skincare practices are also essential to maintain the results of your surgery. Using gentle cleansers and avoiding harsh products can prevent irritation or inflammation that could compromise the outcome of your surgery. Moisturizing and keeping the skin hydrated can also promote healthy skin and enhance the overall appearance of your nose.
Follow Aftercare Guidelines
After the rhinoplasty, the nose is placed in a splint, and the patient is provided with aftercare instructions. Patients must have a friend or family member present to drive them home following their procedure.
After surgery, Dr. Augenstein will provide a detailed list of aftercare instructions. For the first couple of days, the patient will need to wear a nasal splint while the nose is recovering. Many patients experience swelling and bruising around the eyes, although these diminish rapidly. As the swelling diminishes and once the splint is removed, patients will have an opportunity to see the transformation from their rhinoplasty.
However, it may take several months before the nose is fully healed and the final results are visible. Patients are encouraged to avoid smoking in the months leading up to and following the procedure, as smoking interferes with the healing process. Strenuous activity, including exercise, should be avoided for several weeks after surgery.
The ideal patient is old enough that their nose is done growing, which typically occurs in the teenage years for women and around the age of 18 in men, depending on the individual. The patient should be in good health, both mentally and physically, with realistic expectations of what a nose job can and cannot accomplish. While many patients are thrilled with the results of their procedure, a successful nose job depends largely on the patient’s ability to communicate their desired result to the doctor. Good communication between doctor and patient is vital for any procedure, but especially for a rhinoplasty. Photographs are an excellent tool to help patients visualize and share their vision of what they are looking for.
Rhinoplasty is a relatively common and safe cosmetic procedure. However, it is a surgical procedure, and potential risks include infection, bleeding, and adverse response to anesthetic. The best way to minimize these risks is to select an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon and follow the doctor’s aftercare instructions.
For the highest quality care and results, book your consultation with Dr. Augenstein at Aesthetic Surgery of Charlotte. We can’t wait to help you realize your best life.