Cosmetic nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is an aesthetic treatment used to improve the shape and size of the nose. This procedure can also help correct functionality in many patients. Lake Mary, FL specialist Dr. Raj Sawh-Martinez is an experienced, fellowship-trained craniofacial plastic surgeon who performs rhinoplasty surgery, taking a conservative approach to producing the most beautiful and natural-looking results possible. While rhinoplasty consists of delicate changes, results usually are impressively dramatic. Rhinoplasty at Craniofacial & Aesthetic Plastic Surgery can be used to make a nose appear smaller in size or enhance a nose that is large, protrudes outward, or is of an irregular shape. The objective is to produce a more aesthetically appealing nose that meets your cosmetic desires and functions as it should. Read more about rhinoplasty before contacting Craniofacial & Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to schedule an appointment for a consultation.
Rhinoplasty Ideal Candidates
Women and men both are candidates for cosmetic nose surgery. If you're displeased with the overall look of your nose and have specific concerns you wish to enhance or repair, this surgery may be the appropriate answer. It's very important that expectations are understood, as your appearance will be altered. Furthermore, facial maturity should also be complete. This factor will be discussed during your consultation, even more so for individuals under 21.
Rhinoplasty Surgical Technique
Cosmetic nose surgery is performed while the patient is under IV sedation or general anesthesia and is considered an outpatient surgical procedure. Rhinoplasty has varying surgical methods, depending on the specific patient case. Dr. Sawh-Martinez performs rhinoplasty using either a closed approach or an open method. The objective during surgery is to remove excess tissue and cartilage or to build and increase cartilage if needed for reshaping. The nasal features are repositioned and the skin is reformed and draped over the newly enhanced framework. Stitches are placed either on the inside portion of the nose or in the natural external fold.
What to Expect with Rhinoplasty
After your nose surgery, you will be monitored closely in the recovery room and then released to recover at home. The area around the nose will be very swollen and bruised for a week or so. In almost all patients, there is bruising beneath the eyes in addition to the nose. Cold compresses and prescription medication can assist with these effects. Your post-operative appointment with Dr. Sawh-Martinez will be scheduled within a day or so after surgery to assess your healing progress. On average, it takes around 2 – 4 weeks to heal from nose surgery. Within this process, strenuous activity or exercise should be avoided.
Rhinoplasty 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. Sawh-Martinez will listen to your concerns and goals to help develop your custom treatment plan. When this is done, he can discuss costs for the facility, anesthesia, and more. For your best results, it's important to focus on selecting an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Sawh-Martinez, instead of the lowest cost. To help make your surgery easy to afford, Dr. Raj Sawh-Martinez accepts several payment methods and our office can help you find low-interest financing.
Will my insurance cover functional nose surgery?
Although rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons is not paid 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. Sawh-Martinez during your consultation. We can help you submit any needed information and paperwork to your insurance carrier to help process your claim.
Are there nonsurgical options to change my nose?
If you want to smooth lumps and bumps on your nose, a wrinkle filler (like Restylane or Juvéderm) might be an option. A filler can temporarily improve minor imperfections, which might help you decide to undergo rhinoplasty. Nose surgery is better for larger changes, long-lasting results, and to adjust the internal structure for better function. At your consultation, Dr. Sawh-Martinez can tell you more about nonsurgical nose reshaping.
What about ethnic rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty is about improving the nose while still keeping your cultural identity. This is often a concern if you are African American, Asian, or Middle Eastern. At your consultation with Dr. Sawh-Martinez, you can talk about what you want to keep and what you want to change. This will allow him to personalize your treatment plan to give you your best possible results.
Can I combine nose surgery with other facial surgeries?
Some patients think about combining rhinoplasty with another procedure, like cheek or chin augmentation. Combining multiple surgeries can offer a dramatic result. Discuss this possibility with Dr. Sawh-Martinez during your consultation. Once he understands your goals, he can help you choose which procedures will best help you meet your goals.
Your Best Nose
Nose surgery is a great idea to address the distaste you might feel when looking in the mirror at your appearance. If you're displeased with the appearance of your nose or if you have breathing problems, nose surgery may help. Nose surgery is a highly sought-after cosmetic procedure with high success rates. Dr. Sawh-Martinez 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 Craniofacial & Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Lake Mary, FL to schedule an appointment.