Top Rhinoplasty Questions Answered

Rhinoplasty is a common procedure that is appealing to a lot of people. The shape of the nose affects the appearance of the entire face. When not in balance due to size, crookedness, or other traits, the nose can become a central feature for the wrong reasons. Here, we answer some of the most common questions that come up about getting a nose job.

What does rhinoplasty do?

The rhinoplasty procedure is performed to bring the nose into harmony with the rest of the face. There are several ways this may be achieved. For example, the bridge of the nose may be refined to look straighter. Some people have rhinoplasty to remove a hump from the bridge of the nose. This procedure may also address a protruding or bulbous nasal tip as well as several other concerns.

Is rhinoplasty a medical procedure?

Rhinoplasty can be a medical procedure but isn’t always. If a person were to suffer an injury to the nose, surgery may be needed to correct a fracture or other problem. Rhinoplasty is also sometimes performed to correct structural problems such as a deviated septum, which can interfere with breathing. In most cases, rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure performed to improve the appearance of the nose.

Does rhinoplasty hurt?

The rhinoplasty procedure is performed with general anesthesia. Patients are comfortably asleep throughout their surgery. They wake up in the recovery room and typically do not experience significant discomfort. While recovering from rhinoplasty, patients may take prescription pain medication for a few days, then transition to over-the-counter pain relief. Bruising and swelling are the most common side effects of surgery. These improve during the first week of recovery.

Will rhinoplasty change my voice?

In a general sense, rhinoplasty does not change the voice. This is relevant to ordinary people who do not rely on their specific tone of voice for their livelihood. Singers and others whose vocal tone is well-known and important to their career may notice a difference in tonality but not their overall voice. For this reason, some singers choose not to address the cosmetic appearance of their nose.

Is rhinoplasty right for me?

Rhinoplasty is right for a lot of people. The procedure is sought by adults who are not completely happy with the shape or size of their nose. The best way to know if rhinoplasty is right for you is to consult with an experienced, board-certified surgeon. Dr. Rosenthal has been serving the Silicon Valley for many years. Her clinical training and experience can provide you with the information you need to make the most confident decision about nose surgery. For more information, schedule a consultation at 408-840-2553.