There are basically two reasons one would want to get a nose job or have rhinoplasty performed. One is for functional purposes, to breathe better. The other is for cosmetic purposes, to look better. Although, both will actually help you feel better, physically, and mentally.
Functional or Medical Nose Job
When speaking to a specialist about a nose job, they will ask you about how you are able to breathe, both during the day and at night when you are lying down or sleeping. This will help them determine if you need to have the shape and size of your nose changed.
When reshaping the nose, a surgeon will alter different parts of the nose. This includes the nasal tip, nostrils, and/or the bridge. The narrowing or widening of the airway in which you breathe will help the functionality of your nose.
Reasons for a medical nose job include sleep apnea, chronic sinus infections, which lead to the turbinates in the nose to become enlarged, and allergies. The turbinates are filled with blood vessels, various tissues, and bone. There are two inferior, two middle, and two superior pairs. When any of these become swollen, they prevent the natural nasal airflow.
Cosmetic Nose Job
Rhinoplasty can also refer to cosmetic nose jobs. An individual may want a more asymmetric looking face. Perhaps their nose leans, points too far left or right, or is tilted to one side.
Many individuals feel as if their nose is out of proportion to the rest of their face. Other types of issues that can be corrected with cosmetic rhinoplasty include a nose tip that is either bulbous or pinched, or a dip or bump that is pronounced on the dorsum, or bridge of the nose.
Cosmetic surgery on the nose can result in the appearance of a better-balanced face. Adjustments to the nose can create a more symmetrical shape between the nose, mouth, eyes, forehead, chin, and checks.
What to Expect
Many nose jobs, of both styles, will happen in a doctor’s office or surgical center. There is often no need for hospitalization for recovery. You will be sent home with pain medications and extra “packing” or gauze if needed.
You will need to rest and avoid any type of sports where you could injure your nose. There may be a bit of swelling and/or some discoloration around your eyes. However, you should feel better and more like yourself in a few days.
Often times, the difference between cosmetic and functional surgery on the nose comes down to a decision from your insurance company. In every registered doctor’s office, there is a person who is an expert in dealing with insurance companies. He or she will be able to tell you what your particular insurance company requires before they will give the green light to a procedure.
Some insurance companies may require a mental evaluation along with a recommendation from a physician to ensure you are not obsessed with plastic surgery. This is merely a precaution and should not be taken personally if required.
Attend your consultation with as many questions as you can think of to ensure you are prepared for the surgery and your new nose.