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The nose stands center stage in our ensemble of features. If your face were a play, your sniffer would steal every scene. You just can’t ignore the domineering presence of a nose that is too large or misshapen. Fortunately, rhinoplasty is a corrective procedure that has been practiced for centuries. In the skilled hands of a master of the craft, a well-performed nose job will restore symmetry. Rhinoplasty encourages aesthetic balance across your face and in your life. It is a corrective procedure, too, removing obstructions from otherwise healthy, rhythmic breath.
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- 1 About Rhinoplasty
- 2 Benefits of a Nose Job
- 3 What Age is Best to Get a Nose Job?
- 4 Your Personal Consultation at Rotemberg Plastic Surgery
- 5 Rhinoplasty Step-by-Step
- 6 What Does a Nose Job Cost in Miami?
- 7 Don’t Let Your Nose Steal the Show
- 8 FAQ
- 9 References
- 10 Related Procedures
As recently as 2017, rhinoplasty was the third most popular cosmetic procedure, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The procedure has been a pillar of our profession since plastic surgery’s very beginnings.
Rhinoplasty’s aim is to improve the appearance and performance of your fine olfactory instrument.
The first mentions of rhinoplasty in recorded history are back in 3000 BCE, in the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt. The nose job was later improved upon in Ancient India, where surprisingly sophisticated descriptions of the procedure appear in the Sushruta samhita, circa 500 CE. The forehead flap rhinoplasty procedure detailed in its pages is still practiced in reconstructive surgery today!
Ancient Indian Nose Job, c. 500 CE
The portion of the nose to be covered should be first measured with a leaf. Then, a piece of skin of the required size should be dissected from the living skin of the cheek, and turned back to cover the nose, keeping a small pedicle attached to the cheek.
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Today, rhinoplasty is performed on hundreds of thousands of people across the country each year. When it’s performed correctly, by a skilled surgeon like Dr. Rotemberg, the procedure will promote symmetry, encourage beauty and enable healthy breath.
Benefits of a Nose Job
Our noses are central to our appearance. Any imbalance or imperfection it may have is infinitely amplified because there is no way to hide it. Anyone who has grown up with a large or misshapen nose knows the difficulty of personal interaction—a large nose butts in to every conversation. A person may feel like no one ever sees them because their snoot snorts up all the attention.
- Balanced and symmetrical features
- Improved self-image
- Enhanced self-esteem
- Clear, unobstructed breath
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What Age is Best to Get a Nose Job?
For elective, cosmetic rhinoplasty, most doctors would prefer to wait until a patient’s facial bone structure has finished developing. This is around 16 years old for girls and 17 for boys. If the procedure is to correct some deformity and improve breathing, you may decide it’s best for your child to undergo surgery sooner.
Just as important as a teen’s physical readiness for rhinoplasty is his or her mental readiness. It is important that the young person is mature enough to handle the strain of surgery. They should be guided by sound motives and tempered by realistic expectations.
Young people are especially vulnerable to pressure from parents and peers. Many of them are still not quite settled on a consistent, cohesive identity. What is true for adults is doubly true for teens: a person should have a clear sense of who they are and what they want before choosing to undergo any plastic surgery.
Your Personal Consultation at Rotemberg Plastic Surgery
Our team is excited to meet you! Dr. Rotemberg will conduct a brief physical examination while the two of you review your medical history. She will likely take pictures at this point, as she begins to draft her surgical strategy. This is your opportunity to tell your story! Ask plenty of questions to make sure you’re fully informed.
There are as many different kinds of nose jobs as there are types of noses. You and Dr. Rotemberg shall devise the exact details of your procedure based on your unique needs.
Many rhinoplasties are performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Rotemberg will choose local anesthesia for less complicated cases.
Incision: Open or Closed?
The incision phase of surgery presents another pair of options. In open rhinoplasty, Dr. Rotemberg will make a small incision at the underside of the nose. The incision allows her to flip open the nasal skin like the hood of a car so she can work inside. Closed rhinoplasty is less invasive. But, with fewer incisions, it takes more finesse to perform.
This phase of the procedure is very personalized; it is where craft meets art. Dr. Rotemberg will remove bone and cartilage from a protruding nose. For a flat nose, she will graft autologous cartilage at the site to build it up.
Close the Curtain
With the sculpting complete, the show is almost over. Dr. Rotemberg will suture your incisions closed and secure a splint for safe healing. You will wear a cast or splint on your nose for the first week after surgery.
It takes about two weeks to bounce back from rhinoplasty. Many patients report being able to return to work or school within 10 days. To ensure your safety and to protect your results, keep your head elevated; sleep on your back while you recover.
What Does a Nose Job Cost in Miami?
Every surgery is unique to the individual. At your private and in-depth consultation with Dr. Rotemberg, she will determine your best medical options. A fair cost will be quoted to you upon your physical examination and medical review.
Financing options are available for those who qualify. Some insurance companies may cover rhinoplasty if it is to correct a breathing abnormality. You can discuss all of these options at your personal consultation. Check our Specials Page regularly for package deals!
Don’t Let Your Nose Steal the Show
Everyone’s nose has personality. But don’t let it upstage you! A symmetrical face is an ensemble cast of characters. Let Rotemberg Plastic Surgery bring balance to your act!
How safe is rhinoplasty?
When it’s practiced by a skilled and experienced surgeon, rhinoplasty is a very safe procedure. Many risks that are attendant to nose surgery are the same that one may expect from any surgery. These general risks include infection and reactions to anesthesia. Specifically regarding rhinoplasty, patients should be aware of the hazards: difficulty breathing, facial numbness and septal perforation.
All that being said, the rhinoplasty procedure has been a staple of plastic surgery for literally thousands of years—the first documented nose job took place in Ancient Egypt, 3000 BCE! Make sure your surgeon is well-trained and comes highly recommended.
Can a nose job be covered by insurance?
Cosmetic procedures are considered elective. As such, many rhinoplasties are not covered by insurance. Exceptions exist when a case can be convincingly argued on healthcare grounds. Insurance may cover a portion of your rhinoplasty if it is performed to correct breathing abnormalities.
Does a nose job change your face?
The goal of every plastic surgeon is to release aesthetic tension by creating symmetry and encouraging beauty. Rhinoplasty is not able nor is it intended to “change” your appearance. The art and science of plastic surgery is to restore balance to the features—a large nose, a weak chin and droopy eyelids all work in concert to create aesthetic tension in the individual. These features project an image that is incongruous with the true nature of the individual. The surgeon successfully releases this tension by bringing these features into harmony with one another. So the goal is not to “change your face.” A better way of describing it would be to say rhinoplasty (and other cosmetic procedures) aim to make you look more like you!
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons. (2018, March 1). New Statistics Reveal the Shape of Plastic Surgery. Retrieved February 4, 2020, from https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/press-releases/new-statistics-reveal-the-shape-of-plastic-surgery
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- Meulenbeld, G. Jan (1999). A history of Indian medical literature. ISBN 9789069801247.