Are you dissatisfied with the size of your nose? Or maybe you have a breathing condition that you want to have fixed? Rhinoplasty is a type of plastic surgery to correct the nose, whether for cosmetic or medical reasons — hence, its nickname, a nose job. In Newport Beach, California, Dr. Alexis Furze can help you determine whether a rhinoplasty procedure is right for you.
People consider rhinoplasty for a variety of reasons, and it’s one of the most popular facial surgeries in America. Your nose is one of the first things people notice when they look at you — you’ve no doubt heard the phrase about something that is “as plain as the nose on your face” — so its shape, size and overall function can affect both your self-image and your health.
Some common reasons people consider rhinoplasty include:
1. Dissatisfaction with the size of your nose
This procedure is referred to as reduction rhinoplasty. If you’ve been teased or bullied due to the size of your nose, it’s understandable why you might not like it very much and want to change it. Lots of people opt for rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons.
Conversely, people who feel their noses are too small for their face undergo a type of surgery called augmentation rhinoplasty.
2. Your nose is crooked
Some people’s noses are naturally crooked, or “hooked,” while others look this way following an injury. Refinement rhinoplasty can correct the angle of your nose.
3. You had rhinoplasty in the past that didn’t turn out so well
This form of rhinoplasty is corrective surgery for patients who had the procedure in the past and didn’t like their results. It’s called “secondary rhinoplasty” or “revision rhinoplasty.”
4. Unsightly bumps from accidents or injuries
This is also called reconstructive rhinoplasty. Sometimes a broken nose doesn’t heal properly, or never looks the same as it did before the injury. In this case, rhinoplasty can reshape your nose back to the way it was (or as close to it), and is more likely to be covered by your insurance.
5. Sleep apnea
For people who experience difficulty breathing during sleep, or have significant snoring problems, rhinoplasty can make it easier for oxygen to travel through your nasal passages.
There is no such thing as a “perfect” nose; different people have different expectations of what they want. Dr. Furze can help you determine your goals so you have the best results possible.
Preparing for rhinoplasty
Dr. Furze meets with you to discuss your goals for the surgery, along with any medical conditions you have and prescription medications you’re taking. You undergo a brief physical exam of your nose — the outside as well as the inside — to determine whether your desired changes are possible.
Smokers are advised to quit before having the surgery, as the nicotine can narrow blood vessels and interfere with healing. You won’t want anything to prevent blood and oxygen from getting to the tissues that will be healing in the weeks after the procedure.
Learn more about whether rhinoplasty is right for you.
If you think you might be a good candidate for rhinoplasty, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Furze by calling 949-205-7745. You can also send a message to Dr. Furze and the team here on their website.