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Are you dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose? Do you dream of a more symmetrical, proportionate, or refined nasal contour? Look no further than rhinoplasty—the transformative cosmetic procedure that can enhance your facial harmony and boost your self-confidence. 

What is Rhinoplasty surgery? 

Rhinoplasty surgery, also known as a nose job, is a surgical procedure performed to reshape and reconstruct the nose. It is a cosmetic surgery that aims to improve the appearance of the nose, enhance facial harmony, and address functional issues if necessary. It is performed by one of Illume’s board-certified plastic surgeons. 

What issues can Rhinoplasty surgery treat? 

There are many issues rhinoplasty surgery can treat. Rhinoplasty 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. A nose job may also correct a birth defect or injury, or help improve breathing by relieving some breathing problems. 

Who is an ideal candidate for Rhinoplasty? 

Before deciding to have the surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with members of our medical team. The best candidates for cosmetic rhinoplasty are people looking for minor improvements in the appearance of their nose. Rhinoplasty surgery is never intended to change the person. If you’re physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate. 

Age may also be a consideration. A patient must be 16 years of age for a cosmetic rhinoplasty performed by our surgeons. For medical issues and accidents, our surgeons will assess patients under the age of 16. The decision to perform a medical rhinoplasty on a patient under the age of 16 will be on a case-by-case basis. It is also important to take a teenager’s social and emotional adjustment into consideration. 

What’s the Recovery Process like? 

After the nose job, particularly during the first twenty-four hours, your face and nose will be swollen, and you may have a dull headache. It is recommended that you avoid strenuous activity during this time. Ice packs for the nose and the pain medication prescribed by the doctor will help the discomfort. 

Plan on resting with your head elevated and ice packs to your nose for the first 24-36 hours (about 1 and a half days). Most of the swelling and bruising should disappear within two weeks after surgery. Some subtle swelling will remain for up to a year. 

A little bleeding is common during the first few days following surgery, and you may continue to feel some stuffiness for several weeks. If you have nasal packing, it will be removed after a few days, and you’ll feel much more comfortable. By the end of one, occasionally, two weeks, all dressings, splints, and stitches should be removed. 

How Long Does a Rhinoplasty Surgery Last? 

The effects of rhinoplasty, or a nose job, can last a lifetime. However, it’s important to note that the nose will continue to age naturally over time, and some changes may occur due to factors like genetics, gravity, and the natural aging process. 

What are the Risks of Rhinoplasty?   

When a rhinoplasty is performed by one of our qualified plastic surgeons, complications are infrequent and usually minor. Nevertheless, there is always a possibility of a complication, including infection, nosebleed, or a reaction to the anesthesia. You can reduce your risks by closely following our medical team’s instructions both before and after surgery. In about 8-10% of surgeries a second procedure may be required to correct a minor deformity. 

Rhinoplasty Surgery at Illume Cosmetic Surgery and MedSpa 

As one of the Milwaukee area’s leading cosmetic and plastic surgery centers, Illume Cosmetic Surgery and MedSpa is home to nationally recognized board-certified plastic surgeons who are committed to providing the highest standard of care. If you’re interested in Rhinoplasty surgery, contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.