Like many patients who visit Parker Center for Plastic Surgery, this 18-year-old male was unhappy and self-conscious about the size of his nose. Following a referral from a former patient, this young man and I discussed how rhinoplasty could enhance his appearance.
During the patient’s consultation, I explained how we would make the nose smaller and more proportional to his face while taking care not to feminize his features. To demonstrate the impact that a rhinoplasty could have, I used our advanced imaging technology to help him visualize the potential results of his nose job and make sure he was satisfied to move forward with the surgery.
When it was time for his surgery, I performed an open rhinoplasty to reshape the nose while the patient was under general anesthesia. I reduced the bone and cartilage on the nasal dorsum and then performed osteotomies to close the open roof. Osteotomy nose jobs entail a high level of precision and must be performed by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon. Finally, I carefully lifted, reshaped, and supported the nasal tip using septal cartilage grafts.
Rhinoplasty Recovery and Results
The patient recovered very quickly following his procedure. Typically, a rhinoplasty recovery takes 2 to 3 weeks, with up to a year of additional “settling” before the swelling fully subsides and the final results are achieved. As his before and after photos clearly suggest, the patient and his family are delighted with the markedly improved, yet natural, appearance of his reshaped nose.
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There are many benefits to having nose surgery. As our patient of the month understands firsthand, a proportional nose can dramatically enhance your appearance and self-confidence. Rhinoplasty can also correct breathing or sinus problems due to a deviated septum. While rhinoplasty is one of our most requested procedures, we advise teenagers to wait for surgery until the nose has finished developing—usually by age 13 or 14 for girls and 15 or 16 for boys.
We thank our patient of the month for trusting us with his care and sharing his rhinoplasty success story. We hope it inspires and empowers others reading this to take action to look and feel better! To view other transformations, please view our before and after gallery.