What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a detailed facial cosmetic surgical procedure, normally performed to enhance the appearance or to reconstruct the nose. The main objective of a Rhinoplasty in Los Angeles procedure is to modify the nasal cartilage and bones or insert tissue to improve the visual aesthetics of the nose. It is also a common operation for repairing nasal fractures back to its pre-injury state.
Is Rhinoplasty in Los Angeles covered by Insurance?
Unfortunately, rhinoplasty is not be covered by your insurance as a cosmetic surgery, but if the operation involves a functional aspect such as a deviated septum or any other medically cleared cause, that portion may qualify under your medical policy. Ask your provider for more information.
Is Rhinoplasty painful or dangerous?
As with any surgical procedure, there are several risks and many of which can be considered dangerous. Rhinoplasty is a difficult procedure and requires pinpoint accuracy and surgical technique. Pain is limited because you will be under anesthesia and monitored by a specialist at all times.
What are some reasons I should think about getting Rhinoplasty surgery?
Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a “nose job” is one of the more popular cosmetic surgical procedures. A misconception about patients who undergo the procedure is that it usually comes from a place of low self-esteem. This may be the case for some but many of the patients who seek Rhinoplasty in Los Angeles deal with other issues that affect their quality of life.
Injuries in athletics or simple facial injuries that affect your appearance are common reasons people consider rhinoplasty as a procedural alternative.
Difficulty breathing when being active or when sleeping can cause far more harm if left untreated. Rhinoplasty offers a unique opportunity to improve your nasal cartilage and bone structure.
Problems with Sinuses
A deviated septum is a common reason for rhinoplasty surgery. The procedure provides immediate relief to the patient. This is especially vital for patients who suffer with sinusitis and sinus infections.
How long does the post-op swelling last after Rhinoplasty surgery?
There is a three-step process to healing from Rhinoplasty surgery. The post-op swelling of the face will begin to subside within 1 to 7 days.
This is called the Inflammatory phase. During this particular phase, your wound may display warmth/heat, appear flushed or red and show distinct swelling and pain in the surrounding areas of the surgical site. Swelling is to be expected but excessive pain and swelling could also indicate an infection and must be monitored carefully.
The proliferative phase
During the proliferative phase, your body generates collagen or scar tissue around the surgical wound and within your nose. This may cause thickening of the incisions and nasal tissues. The patient will still feel some discomfort as the proliferation phase last 1 to 6 weeks following surgery. The pain will subside as the healing continues.
The final phase of the healing process for rhinoplasty in Los Angeles is called the remodeling phase. This phase gives your body time to create collagen (scar tissue) that turns into a softer more pliable nose. You will also see a considerable reduction in swelling. This phase typically lasts from 6 months to 1 year in time. The results from the patient perspective may not be seen for longer but swelling and other facial discomforts will continue to subside over time.
How do I prepare for Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Does Rhinoplasty help with snoring/sleeping problems?
Rhinoplasty has recently been found to be a valuable alternative for structural issues that cause snoring and sleeping problems.
What are the risks for Rhinoplasty in Los Angeles?
As with all surgical procedures there are severe risk involved. Remember the use of anesthetics can cause different reactions in every individual. Healing time and physical response to the surgery can only be determined on a case by case basis but when searching for quality care here are a few risk to be aware of:
All risk determined solely by an individual case but include:
- A post-surgical result that does not meet your standards and/or may need additional surgery.
- Chronic nasal dryness, crusting of sinuses and nose.
- Permanent numbness of upper teeth, palate or face.
- Prolonged pain and diminished healing and/or need for hospitalization.
- Failure to restore sense of smell and taste.
- Failure to decrease or limit nosebleeds
- Consistent post-operative swelling of the turbinate.
- Collapse of any nasal cartilage.
- Septal perforation
- Rare conditions a blood transfusion may be required.
What is the recovery time after Rhinoplasty surgery?
The recovery time from Rhinoplasty depends on the individual. We recommend a safe recovery time of 2 weeks. You will require a nasal splint the first 7 days, but visible swelling and bruising will last 10-14 days on average. The total recovery time can last as long as a year but visual aspects will subside much earlier.
Will rhinoplasty help with sinuses and allergies?
Rhinoplasty is an alternative to help fight against your sinuses and allergies but it is not a cure. Functional Rhinoplasty focuses on formation and form of the nose, this surgical procedure can serve as a symptom for your allergies allowing you to live with less complications.
Who should get rhinoplasty in Los Angeles?
Patients who have suffered an injury or have a crooked nose are the most common rhinoplasty participants. There are other reasons as well such as: too large or over flaring nostrils and bumps on the nasal bridge. You must remember with rhinoplasty in Los Angeles, these are all cosmetic issues and unless the patient is experiencing breathing problems, your procedure will not be covered by insurance.
Rhinoplasty in Los Angeles is a surgical option that should only be considered for a few instances. The procedure requires precise work and a talented surgeon. Many patients who consider rhinoplasty in Los Angeles wonder if they are the right candidate for the procedure. Before your consultation, write down several questions and properly prepare yourself to receive valuable information.
What to expect after surgery
How can I minimize Post-operative swelling?
There are specific techniques to help you heal faster and minimize swelling post-operation.
- Stay hydrated, drinking an appropriate amount of water will help keep you from retaining too much water.
- No smoking, smoking can cause you to dehydrate which can lead to other post-surgical complications.
- Wait 48 hours before you drink alcoholic beverages.
- Sleep upright on a 30-degree angle or on as many pillows as you can for the first three weeks after surgery.
- Rest is vital. The first 48 hours after surgery require as much rest as you can possibly get. This allows your body to rejuvenate. You should also have someone close by the first day or so.
- Stay away from strenuous exercise or physical activity for 2 weeks post-surgery.
- Use frozen peas as an ice pack and avoid extreme heat in the area of the surgery.
It is crucial that you follow your surgeon’s directions, especially instructions to keep your head elevated for a certain period after surgery. Some activities are prohibited in the weeks after the procedure. Sun exposure, exertion, and risk of injury must be avoided. If you wear glasses, special arrangements must be made to ensure that the glasses do not rest on the bridge of the nose. Tape and other devices are sometimes used to permit wearing glasses without stressing the area where surgery was performed. Call Now and set your consultation with our team of exceptional surgeons.