Rhinoplasty or a nose job is a very popular procedure with Dr. Arturo Valdez. This procedure utilizes techniques such as cartilage removal, nasal bone manipulation and/or tip shaping. It is designed to improve the appearance of the nose and, in some cases, to improve breathing. Two techniques, closed and open, are utilized but most commonly, the open technique is used.
In a closed nose job technique, incisions are hidden inside the nose. This is possible when the bridge and/or dorsum of the nose are the issue. It can also be used in cases of a deviated septum.
The open technique allows for all cartilage and bone components from top to tip to be clearly visualized and accurately shaped. This includes an abundance of procedures to correct everything from dorsal hump to flaring nostrils!
The scar crosses the columella between the nostrils and extends into the folds usually undetectable within six to twelve weeks. There is usually swelling following a nose job, which may persist for as long as six months, however the new shape is visible upon splint removal approximately 5 days after your procedure. Numbness of the tip, which is temporary, may also be experienced.
During the recovery period after a nose job, bruising and swelling usually occur as well as nasal congestion (a stuffy nose). While this can be uncomfortable, most patients are surprised by how quickly it begins to heal after a few days.