Rhinoplasty is an aesthetic treatment used to enhance the shape and size of the nose. Furthermore, it may help improve breathing function in many patients. East Brunswick, NJ plastic surgeon Dr. Smita Ramanadham is an experienced cosmetic facial surgeon who performs rhinoplasty surgery, taking a conservative approach to create the most natural results. Even though rhinoplasty consists of delicate changes, results can be impressively dramatic. This surgery at our facility can be performed to make a nose appear smaller in size or improve a nose that is large, protrudes outward, or is of an irregular shape. The objective is to create a more aesthetically appealing nose that meets your cosmetic desires and functions properly. Get more information on cosmetic rhinoplasty before you contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation.
Both men and women are candidates for cosmetic nose surgery. If you are unhappy with the size and shape of your nose and have areas you would like to correct and enhance, this treatment may be the appropriate solution. It is very important that expectations are understood as your facial appearance is transformed and rejuvenated. Furthermore, facial growth should also be complete. This will also be assessed during your consultation, even more so for teens.
Rhinoplasty is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia and is usually an outpatient surgery. There are various surgical methods, depending on the specific patient case. Dr. Ramanadham performs rhinoplasty using either an open or closed technique. The objective during treatment is to reduce excess cartilage, tissue, and bone, or to build and increase cartilage for a new shape. The nasal features are repositioned and the skin is re-draped over the newly improved framework. Stitches are implemented either on the inside portion of the nose or along the natural external fold.
What to Expect
Following your rhinoplasty, you will be carefully monitored in the recovery room, and then our nurses will release you to recover at home. The nose will be bruised and swollen for a few days. In almost all patients, there is bruising and discoloration beneath the eyes in addition to the nose. Ice packs and pain medication can assist with these effects. Your follow-up appointment with Dr. Ramanadham will be scheduled within a day or so after surgery to assess your healing progress. It generally takes around 2 – 4 weeks to recover from nose surgery. Within this recovery phase, strenuous activity should be avoided.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of rhinoplasty varies based on what technique is used and how complex your procedure is. Before estimating costs, Dr. Ramanadham will listen to your concerns and goals to help develop your custom treatment plan. When this is done, she can discuss costs for the facility, anesthesia, and more. For your best results, it is important to focus on selecting an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Ramanadham, instead of the lowest cost. To help make your surgery fit within your budget, our practice accepts several payment methods and our office can help you find low-interest medical financing.
Will my insurance cover functional nose surgery?
Although rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons is not paid for by insurance, functional rhinoplasty that is medically necessary to improve your breathing may be covered. If you may be applying for reimbursement from your insurance, please tell Dr. Ramanadham in your consultation. We can help you submit any needed information and paperwork to your insurance to properly process your claim.
Are there nonsurgical options to change my nose?
If you want to smooth the appearance of lumps and bumps on your nose, a hyaluronic acid-based wrinkle filler (like Restylane or Juvéderm) might be an option. A filler can temporarily improve minor imperfections, which might help you decide if you want to get a rhinoplasty. Nose surgery is better for larger changes, long-lasting results, and to adjust the internal structure of the nose for better function. At your consultation, Dr. Ramanadham can tell you more about nonsurgical nose reshaping.
What about ethnic rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty is about improving the appearance of the nose while still keeping your cultural identity. This is often a concern if you are African-American, Asian, or Middle Eastern. In your consultation with Dr. Ramanadham, you can talk about what you want to keep and what you want to change. This will allow her to personalize your treatment plan to give you your best results.
Can I combine nose surgery with other facial surgeries?
Some patients think about combining rhinoplasty with another cosmetic procedure, like cheek or chin augmentation. Having multiple surgeries for a more dramatic result can be reviewed during your consultation with Dr. Ramanadham. Once she understands your concerns and goals, she can help you choose which procedures will be in your custom plan. Rhinoplasty can often help make your whole face appear more balanced so you should wait to see your results before getting another procedure.
Your Best Nose
Nose surgery is a great solution to address the distaste you might feel when looking in the mirror at your appearance. If you are unhappy with the look of your nose or if you are experiencing breathing problems, nose surgery may help. Nose surgery is a very common cosmetic procedure with great success rates. Plastic surgeon Dr. Ramanadham aims to improve your nose so your entire face appears more attractive and proportionate. Even minor adjustments can lead to an impressive difference. We encourage you to contact our practice in East Brunswick, NJ to schedule an appointment.