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Rhinoplasty or Nose Job Surgery in Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside, California

The following information provides answers to many of the questions that patients ask about nasal refinement surgery.

Who can benefit from rhinoplasty surgery?

Nose surgery, or Rhinoplasty, is one of the most common of all plastic surgery procedures to reshape the nose. Rhinoplasty can be performed for functional concerns due to breathing problems, after nasal trauma, or for cosmetic reasons.

What are the intended results of rhinoplasty surgery with Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Agha?

The nose reshaping procedure can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip.

Does rhinoplasty require a hospital stay?

The nose enhancement procedure is performed either on an outpatient basis at an ambulatory surgical care facility or in the hospital. Patients can typically go home the day of their surgery, but occasionally an overnight stay is recommended. We can recommend Newport Beach recovery facilities or home care if you would like additional private post-operative care in the days following surgery.

What type of anesthesia is used for rhinoplasty surgery?

Nose plastic surgery may be performed under general anesthesia, which is given by an expert anesthesiologist. These services will be provided by the Southern California surgical facility where your surgery is performed, and the fee for this service will be billed separately.

How long does nose enhancement plastic surgery take?

Rhinoplasty surgery usually takes two to three hours, though complicated cases may take longer.

What is involved in the rhinoplasty procedure?

Rhinoplasty is usually performed by Orange County cosmetic surgeon Dr. Agha as an outpatient procedure. During nasal surgery the skin of the nose is separated from its supporting framework of bone and cartilage, which is then sculpted to the desired shape.

Rhinoplasty can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift for complete facial rejuvenation.

What happens after my rhinoplasty surgery?

The incisions are covered with light dressings, and stitches will be removed in 5 to 10 days. Initial discomfort subsides daily and can be controlled with oral medication. Scars will usually fade within a few months.

When can I return to work and regular activities after rhinoplasty surgery? What restrictions will I have?

Some bruising and swelling may be present within the first week or so after nose surgery. Most nasal surgery patients choose to return to work after the initial healing is complete in 5 to 10 days and sutures are removed. Residual bruising can typically be hidden with cosmetics until bruising completely fades.

Is nose plastic surgery typically covered by insurance?

The nasal enhancement procedure is unlikely to be covered by insurance.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty or Nasal Surgery

Ethnic Rhinoplasty is a form of Nasal Surgery that is commonly performed on ethnic groups such as African Americans, and those of Middle Eastern, Asian and Hispanic descent. This particular type of surgery seeks to remodel the nose by changing the bone composition and cartilage underneath with minimal external blemishes and scars. Rhinoplasty calls for exceptional care and attention to detail in order to produce the best results. Typical candidates for Ethnic Rhinoplasty are those who are uncomfortable with the archetypal features of their ethnic group and wish to have the more common Caucasian nasal proportions of height, length and width. African Americans for instance, have distinctly wide noses with a slightly blunt tip whereas Hispanics have a rounded tip. However, most patients desire to preserve some of the characteristics of their ethnicities, so a wide range of techniques are utilized to cater to every need.

Whereas some Ethnic patients, such as the Middle Easterns, require a Reductive Rhinopasty, other with Asian background may benefit from Augmentation Rhinoplasty. In the Reductive Rhinoplasty procedure, the bone and cartilage framework of the nose is sculpted and reduced to improve the nasal bridge and hump. In the Augmentation Rhinoplasty procedure, the nasal bridge and tip are built up with cartilage grafts or infrequently an implant. (View an Augmentation Rhinoplasty patient here.)

Pre-operation, patients are taken through a variety of considerations. An important part of this is to gauge expectations. Candidates who are keen to redefine their nose are often unaware of the complete metamorphosis of appearance that it might entail. It is vital that patients are made aware of this and resolving queries on points such as to what extend they would want to retain ethnic identity are essential.

Surgeons performing the procedure also use anatomic models to assist accurate sculpting. Techniques and tools used in Ethnic Rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty techniques are often categorized as either ‘open’ or ‘closed’. The open approach is in more common usage where extensive surgery is needed. Ethnic Rhinoplasty patients however, may be considered for ‘closed’ procedures when a nasal reduction technique rather than augmentation is considered. Smokers and those who have suffered trauma to the nose and subsequent scarring are typically ineligible for the open approach. Another limitation of the open approach especially for ethnic patients is the difficulty in removing fat from under the nasal skin in those who lack tip definition. Therefore patients of ethnic descent who have thick skin are ideal for the closed approach.

There are also several tools that expert surgeons utilize in order to produce the best results for Ethnic Rhinoplasty. As the procedure is essentially a sculpting of cartilage and bones, just as an artist would, surgeons use an anatomic model that represents the exact desired angles of the tip and the width of the nose.