What Is a Nose Procedure? What You Need to Know
A nose procedure is used to reshape or resize the nose, correct structural defects of the nose, and/or ensure a patient can properly breathe through the nose. There are several types of nose surgery, and the type of nose procedure required varies based on the patient.
Patients who want to undergo a nose procedure to enhance facial symmetry may benefit from nose plastic surgery. Or, patients who are dealing with severe nasal trauma that makes it difficult to breathe through the nose may benefit from nasal reconstruction.
Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS is internationally recognized for his expertise in facial plastic surgery and nasal procedures. He helps patients understand all aspects of different types of nose procedures and determine whether a nose job is the right choice based on their personal needs.
Dr. Azizzadeh performs a thorough evaluation to help a patient determine a safe, effective way to achieve the optimal treatment results. For patients who are considering a nose job or other forms of nose surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh can assess their nose and other facial features, as well as their treatment goals. He can then offer a personalized nose procedure treatment recommendation.
Types of Nose Surgeries
Below is a list of the nose job treatments available from the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills.
Nose Surgery FAQs
As a leading Los Angeles facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Azizzadeh strives to teach patients about nose surgery and other procedures. Now, let’s take a look at some of the most common nose surgery questions regarding nose procedures.
Dr. Azizzadeh always performs nose surgery under anesthesia to reduce pain. Patients usually experience nasal stuffiness and swelling after nose surgery. However, these nose surgery side effects are typically minor and will gradually disappear over several weeks and months.
At the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, Dr. Azizzadeh helps nose surgery patients minimize treatment pain and prepare for the recovery process. He outlines what a nose surgery patient should expect following treatment and helps him or her plan accordingly. Dr. Azizzadeh offers a personalized nose surgery treatment plan that includes postoperative care instructions. Additionally, Dr. Azizzadeh requests follow-up appointments to track a nose surgery patient’s recovery.
Nose surgery recovery is a long-term process, one that requires Dr. Azizzadeh and his patient to work together to achieve the desired treatment results.
Following nose surgery, a patient may have a splint that remains in place for up to seven days. Once the splint is removed, a patient’s nose will be most swollen during the first four weeks. A nose surgery patient may also experience discoloration around the eyes in the initial days after treatment.
Nose surgery patients may require a few weeks to fully recover after treatment. Patients often take up to one week off from work after nose surgery. Dr. Azizzadeh recommends nose surgery patients avoid strenuous activity and exercise for up to three weeks following surgery.
The full results of nose surgery usually become visible up to one year after treatment. In the weeks and months following nose surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh meets with a patient to ensure his or her recovery stays on course. Patient consultations can be conducted in person in Beverly Hills or via Zoom conferencing and allow Dr. Azizzadeh to stay in touch with a nose surgery patient throughout the recovery process.
Those who are dealing with a deviated septum, i.e. a separation of the wall between the two sides of the nose, may struggle to breathe through the nose. In this instance, an individual may require a septoplasty, a type of nose procedure sometimes mistaken for rhinoplasty surgery.
Whereas a nose job is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve facial symmetry and correct sinus issues, septoplasty surgery addresses a deviated septum. During a septoplasty procedure, Dr. Azizzadeh straightens and repositions the nasal septum. He may also trim, reposition or replace a patient’s nasal cartilage or bone, along with cut or remove parts of the nasal septum and reinsert them into the proper position.
If an individual is considering nose surgery to improve his or her breathing, Dr. Azizzadeh can help. As a top-rated Beverly Hills facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Azizzadeh takes a holistic approach to nose surgery and other procedures. He first learns about a patient and performs a full evaluation. If Dr. Azizzadeh believes nose surgery is the best treatment option, he then crafts a personalized nose surgery plan. Or, if Dr. Azizzadeh believes a septoplasty is necessary, Dr. Azizzadeh prepares accordingly. In some instances, Dr. Azizzadeh recommends one or more procedures based on a patient’s treatment goals.
The cost of nose surgery varies based on surgeon and anesthesia fees, the operating facility and other factors. Additionally, expenses associated with surgery garments, medical tests and prescription medications may increase the cost of a rhinoplasty.
Dr. Azizzadeh wants his nose surgery patients to understand all treatment costs before a procedure is performed. He outlines the full cost of a rhinoplasty to each nose surgery patient, as well as addresses as treatment concerns or questions. In doing so, Dr. Azizzadeh helps nose surgery patients prepare for all treatment costs.
Like any surgery, there are risks associated with a rhinoplasty procedure. These risks include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Skin discoloration
- Nasal septum perforation
Dr. Azizzadeh takes precautions to help each nose surgery patient achieve the best results. He will not perform nose surgery if the risks outweigh the benefits; in this scenario, Dr. Azizzadeh may recommend alternative treatment options.
Dr. Azizzadeh also wants nose surgery patients to understand the benefits and risks associated with treatment. Therefore, Dr. Azizzadeh explains how a nose surgery is completed and describes the recovery process. Dr. Azizzadeh can also respond to a patient’s nose surgery concerns and questions.
Swelling is common immediately after nose surgery, but it usually disappears on its own within about four weeks of treatment. Also, a splint or packing may be placed inside of a patient’s nose following a rhinoplasty to support new structures during the healing process.
To minimize nose surgery side effects, Dr. Azizzadeh offers tips to help a patient care for the surgical site. In certain instances, Dr. Azizzadeh recommends medications to help a patient heal after nose surgery as well.
In the months following nose surgery, a patient’s nose will gradually change. A patient typically sees a fully refined nasal contour about one year after surgery.
Key factors to consider before undergoing a nose procedure include:
- Cost: The cost of a nose procedure depends on the type of treatment performed, extent of treatment required, and other factors.
- Downtime: Patients may need to avoid work, school, or other everyday activities for at least a few weeks after a nose procedure.
- Risk: The risks associated with a nose procedure can be substantial, and they must be evaluated before treatment is administered.
Dr. Azizzadeh discusses a nose procedure in detail during a patient consultation. He responds to his patient’s concerns and questions regarding a nose procedure and does his part to help his patient make an informed treatment decision.
Meeting with Dr. Azizzadeh can help a patient determine if a nose procedure may be beneficial. At this time, Dr. Azizzadeh can learn about the patient and perform an in-depth evaluation.
If Dr. Azizzadeh determines a patient can benefit from a nose procedure, he develops a custom treatment plan and works with the patient to execute it. Comparatively, if a nose procedure is deemed too risky, Dr. Azizzadeh can offer viable alternatives.