The nose is the central feature of the face, the most distinctive and unique part of our body. So when the nose has an abnormal size or shape, it can detract from an individual’s overall appearance, causing them to feel self-conscious. Nose surgery, also known as rhinoplasty or a nose job, is an extremely delicate procedure which involves altering the cartilage and bone structure of the nose to create a final result that is in harmony with the rest of the facial features.
Dr. Joseph Berardi is an experienced surgeon in Scottsdale who many plastic surgery patients have visited to receive the care they need to achieve their facial cosmetic goals.
If you are unhappy with your natural nose, or if you are unhappy with the results of a previous nose surgery with another doctor, read the paragraphs below to learn more about what nose surgery with Dr. Berardi can do for you.
About the Rhinoplasty Procedure
Rhinoplasty is a comprehensive and intricate procedure that can address a number of cosmetic concerns related to the nose, including reducing the size, correcting a hump on the bridge of the nose or altering the bulbous tissue at the end of the nose. Your rhinoplasty procedure is performed under general anesthesia as outpatient surgery, meaning you will be able to return home on the same day as your treatment. The entire procedure can last anywhere from one to two hours.
Dr. Berardi can perform your nose surgery as a closed or open procedure, depending on the extent of changes that are needed. During a closed rhinoplasty, Dr. Berardi accesses the nasal tissue through incisions made within the nostril. During open rhinoplasty surgery, an additional incision is made across the columella, giving Dr. Berardi more “open” access to the nasal tissue. During both forms of nasal surgery, Dr. Berardi may remove and reshape the tissues of the nose. He may also remove bone and cartilage, or in some cases, add more bone or cartilage using a process known as grafting.
For patients who are undergoing the procedure for functional reasons, Dr. Berardi will open up the nasal airways to promote easier breathing. Once Dr. Berardi has made necessary changes to the structure of the nose he will close the area with sutures.
Rhinoplasty Surgery Patient Recovery & Expectations
When your rhinoplasty surgery is complete, Dr. Berardi will insert a splint or nasal packing to support the new nasal structure. You can expect to experience mild to moderate swelling and discomfort, which can be controlled by pain medications prescribed by Dr. Berardi. Some patients also experience bruising around the eyes, which will subside with time.
Post-Operation Instructions & Returning to Work
Dr. Berardi will provide you with thorough post-operative instructions to promote a fast and safe recovery period. This includes keeping the head elevated and avoiding blowing the nose or taking decongestants.
Many rhinoplasty patients are able to return to work within one week of treatment. You should avoid any strenuous activities, particularly contact sports, for several weeks after surgery.
It is important to note, however, that the final results of rhinoplasty are not immediately evident. In fact, it can take up to one year for the nose to settle into its final form. Many patients who undergo rhinoplasty find that their nose is more proportionate to their other facial features, and they also experience enhanced self-confidence.
Are You a Rhinoplasty Candidate?
Rhinoplasty is most frequently performed on patients who are over the age of 16 and unhappy with the appearance of their nose. It is important to wait until the nose is fully developed before pursuing nose surgery.
It is also important that you are in good general health and have sufficient bone structure in the nose to be able to withstand nose surgery.
Finally, it is important that you have healthy motivations and realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the surgery. During your comprehensive consultation, Dr. Berardi will evaluate these factors to determine if you are a suitable candidate for nose surgery in Scottsdale.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Nose surgery is an intricate procedure that, when performed by a qualified surgeon like Dr. Berardi, can drastically enhance your facial features, while still preserving your unique characteristics. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose, we encourage you to contact us online or call our office today at 480.397.0711 to schedule a comprehensive consultation.