What Is Rhinoplasty?
A rhinoplasty procedure is designed to improve breathing problems (septoplasty) or aesthetic concerns, such as a hump on the nasal bridge, wide nostrils, a bulbous nose, an extended nasal tip, asymmetry, or any other concern that can result from heredity or injury.
Am I A Good Candidate For Rhinoplasty?
The best candidates for rhinoplasty in New Jersey are looking for improvement in the appearance of his or her nose. They have complaints with nasal appearance and have realistic expectations of the result. Increased confidence and an improved appearance are the typical results of rhinoplasty. Candidates should be in good physical and psychological health, non-smokers, and are able to avoid blood thinning medications for two weeks prior to surgery. Some rhinoplasty cases, such as ethnic rhinoplasty, are more complex procedures, but they can be performed successfully at the hands of an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Wise. A consultation with Dr. Wise will be the best means to determine if rhinoplasty is right for you.
Why Choose Dr. Wise?
With an exclusive focus on plastic surgery of the face, head and neck, Dr. Jeffrey Wise has performed hundreds of successful rhinoplasty procedures during his time in practice in Wayne, New Jersey. His double board certification, along with his Yale, Cornell, and University of Pennsylvania training, have provided the ultimate foundation for his passion.
Dr. Wise teaches rhinoplasty to medical students, residents, and surgical fellows at the NYU School of Medicine. His commitment to staying current with the latest and most advanced techniques in his field has cemented his reputation as a surgeon patients can trust.
Before & After
The results from my rhinoplasty are really natural looking. Dr. Wise is an excellent doctor, very knowledgeable, and has great bedside manner. He makes you super comfortable in his care. Healing process was pretty short lived and better than expected.
Everyone in Dr. Wise's office was super personable and supportive throughout my entire process. They answered all my questions, provided me with detailed information, and always made sure I felt comfortable. I love the results of my Rhinoplasty and can definitely feel an improvement in my breathing ability.
What is the Cost of Rhinoplasty in New Jersey?
Rhinoplasty is a meticulous and involved surgical procedure that is carefully tailored to each patient’s unique desires and facial anatomy. Indeed, most surgeons agree that it is the most exacting cosmetic surgery done today. We advise that patients don’t select a surgeon based solely on their price point. A typical rhinoplasty surgery is going to cost several thousand dollars, with the estimated national surgeon’s fee currently being around $5,500 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. To this base fee are added the cost of anesthesia, operating room fees, and other expenses. After a personal consultation with Dr. Wise, we will be able to provide you with an exact cost for your procedure.
What Happens During A Rhinoplasty Consultation?
During a consultation, an assessment will be made of your current and past health history. You and Dr. Wise will discuss any medications you are taking, as well as your expectations for the procedure. Together, you will decide the next steps as far as whether or not to pursue surgery and, if so, the techniques to be used. Dr. Wise is one of a handful of surgeons worldwide to utilize the Canfield Vectra 3D System that allows for a three-dimensional image of the patient to be created. Dr. Wise can manipulate the image in real time, allowing the patient to see firsthand potential results of their rhinoplasty! This has served as an excellent educational tool for Dr. Wise and his patients.
While these projections of your nose are helpful, it is important to keep in mind that these images are not guarantees of an actual result. Dr. Wise finds these images are beneficial to communicate with you about your aesthetic goals and to carefully plan your procedure. For almost all cases, a deep sedation will be used, which means you will be completely asleep and pain-free during the entire procedure.
What Happens On The Day Of Surgery?
Nose surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis and takes a few hours to complete, depending on the amount of correction needed. Anesthesia will be administered, and Dr. Wise will begin sculpting the cartilage and underlying structures of the nose. After surgery, a splint will be placed on the outside for protection. Dr. Wise does not use nasal packing!
Types of Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty can be implemented as a means to re-shape the nose, from the bridge to the tip. The new nose is defined based on the patient’s unique facial structure and is created as a complement to the individual’s natural beauty. In conjunction with his rhinoplasty procedure, Dr. Wise can rectify any functional or breathing issues. Dr. Wise has extensive experience in both “closed” and “open” rhinoplasty techniques. Improvement in nasal breathing, in addition to a nose with excellent structural support, is of the utmost importance. Your new nose should appear natural, well shaped, and in proportion to your face.
- Also called "external rhinoplasty," open rhinoplasty involves a transcolumellar incision (between the nostrils), which allows Dr. Wise to manipulate the skin and nasal structure.
- Open rhinoplasty is often utilized when grafts or implants must be used, at Dr. Wise’s discretion.
- Small incisions are made endonasally inside the nostrils so that no external scars will be visible.
- Closed rhinoplasty is often utilized for reductive cases, or noses where there is simply a bump on the bridge of the nose, at Dr. Wise’s discretion.
What Is Recovery Like With Nose Surgery?
Dr. Wise’s surgical technique allows for minimal recovery time and rapid healing. Dr. Wise does not use packing in the nose, thereby promoting a more comfortable recovery period for his patients. We have found that most patients are very worried about pain, and pleasantly surprised to find that discomfort is mild. Patients should expect to take approximately one week off from work. Some degree of minor swelling with rhinoplasty can last several weeks, but it is also normal for minor swelling to last much longer. Dr. Wise will instruct you to avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks. Follow-up visits will be scheduled so Dr. Wise can monitor your healing progress.
You may still be mildly bruised under your eyes, so if this will interfere with your work or school, it may be beneficial to take a few additional days off. In addition, Dr. Wise recommends refraining from rigorous activities and sun exposure for several weeks after your procedure.
TOP 10 MUST-KNOW RHINOPLASTY RECOVERY TIPS
Rhinoplasty is a delicate, complex procedure, but it comes with among the highest client satisfaction rates, thanks to the dramatic yet elegant transformation that can occur after surgery. Most patients undergoing rhinoplasty experience recovery to be swift and without incident, but it’s important to know what to expect so that you can prepare ahead of time.
While your surgeon will provide you with a detailed aftercare plan describing a timeline for when you can return to exercise, work and other normal activities, below you will find 10 helpful tips that can help you to stay on track after your rhinoplasty and move through the recovery process with more confidence.
Only take medications approved by your doctor
For the first week after your rhinoplasty, your postoperative pain will be at its peak. To help ease your discomfort, your doctor will provide you with prescription painkillers at the appropriate doses. Make sure you follow the instructions closely. You should take care to avoid anti-inflammatory medications, as these can increase swelling and blood flow, impeding your recovery. Be sure to ask your doctor before taking any pills not explicitly prescribed.
Sleep with your head elevated
It goes without saying that getting the proper amount of rest will help accelerate your recuperation. However, it’s important that you sleep with your head in a supported, elevated position to minimize your nasal swelling and prevent fluids from accumulating at the surgical site.
Take gentle walks
While you should definitely avoid strenuous exercise, aerobics and lifting for several weeks, taking gentle walks can actually help support a healthy recovery process. Walking can increase your circulation, which promotes healing in your nose. Breathing in and out also helps to encourage the flow of oxygen.
Take baths instead of showers
In order to keep the splint and dressings on your nose dry after surgery, you should avoid taking a shower or washing your face. Taking a bath, however, can help you stay clean while your nose heals. You can use a moist washcloth to gently dab your forehead and cheeks. Your bandages are typically removed 7 days post-op, after which it is safe to shower again.
Don’t blow your nose
The inside of the nose may have sutures in place, and if you blow your nose, the sutures could migrate or dislodge, compromising your recovery. Blowing your nose can also increase swelling and irritation. If you feel your nose running, take a tissue and gently dab the drainage.
Drink enough water and eat healthy foods
Staying properly hydrated is integral to your recovery. It can help your body to flush out harmful toxins, reduce the risk of infection and promote proper wound healing. Eating healthy foods is also a must-do. Avoid processed food, fast food, sugar, alcohol and caffeine, as these items can negatively affect your immune system. Instead, choose fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, legumes, and nuts and seeds.
Monitor your salt intake
A high level of salt consumption will raise your blood pressure, increasing swelling around your nose. Therefore, it is temporarily advised that you avoid salty foods like potato chips, popcorn, pretzels and other comfort foods.
Follow your doctor’s instructions to the letter
Your rhinoplasty surgeon has helped guide thousands of patients through a successful recovery. Take the instructions you receive to heart, as they may mean the difference between smooth sailing and a host of complications.
Attend your follow-up appointments
After your surgery, it’s important that you meet with your doctor to make sure your recovery is progressing smoothly and at a reasonable pace. Your follow-up visits will be a chance for the doctor to remove sutures, bandages and splints. These sessions can also give you peace of mind regarding your appearance, as it takes a long time for the swelling to diminish after rhinoplasty and some clients may feel anxious about their final outcomes.
Avoid the sun
Prolonged exposure to the sun can be harmful to your rhinoplasty results. Because of its raised surface, the nose is the feature that gets the brunt of a sunburn. Sun damage can change the color of your scars and can also increase your swelling. Use the proper sunblock and wear a sun hat if you must go out.
What is the takeaway?
Rhinoplasty can be a life-changing experience, as it can significantly enhance your confidence and jumpstart your social life. While your plastic surgeon is responsible for the procedure itself, once you leave the office, it’s your turn to protect your results by following your doctor’s instructions and taking care of your body as it heals. Taking the extra time needed to rest and recover can pay off down the road once your bandages come off and the swelling subsides and you are able to finally see your new, improved nasal contours.
What Results Can I Expect With a Rhinoplasty in New Jersey?
You will be able to see improvement in the appearance and function of your nose once the swelling has fully gone down, but full results with your nose job can take several months to manifest. The appearance of your nose will continue to improve over time, and most patients see final results about 6-12 months after the surgery.
Is Nose Surgery Covered By Insurance?
Unfortunately due to Rhinoplasty being an elective surgery, it is not covered by insurance. Please give us a call today, if you have any questions.
Is Anesthesia Dangerous?
Rhinoplasty is usually performed with general anesthesia, which means the patient is completely asleep during the procedure. General anesthesia is very safe, even for the elderly or those who are sick. Although there are risks associated with general anesthesia, they are exceptionally rare.
Is There An Age Restriction ?
Rhinoplasty is not usually recommended until the nose has fully developed. For girls, this typically occurs around the age of 14-15; for boys, full growth is usually reached at 15-16 years of age.
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