Is Rhinoplasty Right for Me?
Rhinoplasty – the medical term for nose reshaping or a “nose job” is one of the most sought-after cosmetic surgeries. From reshaping the nose to reducing the size of the nose to repairing a previous rhinoplasty procedure, Dr. Mao provides many people with the new nose they desire. In addition to cosmetic reasons for rhinoplasty, there are some medical conditions, such as a deviated septum, that can be corrected endoscopically during rhinoplasty. People who have had their nose broken may also benefit from nose reshaping.
How Long Does Rhinoplasty Take?
The surgery itself can last a few hours at the longest, depending on the extent of the reshaping required. After surgery, it takes about a week to recover enough to resume normal activity. During that time, you will experience bruising, swelling, and tenderness around your nose and eyes. You may have a headache or pain in your sinuses. However, this is a minimally invasive surgery performed under anesthesia, and Dr. Mao and his staff will provide you with plenty of post-surgical support.
Do I Need a Nose Job?
Unless you are correcting a problem that affects your breathing or the functionality of your nose, rhinoplasty is strictly a cosmetic procedure. It should not be performed because of social pressure or be seen as a way to improve relationships or popularity. You may not need a nose job, but if you look in the mirror and don’t like your nose, or if your nose’s appearance impacts your self-esteem or confidence, then why not do something about it? To be a candidate for rhinoplasty, you must have finished your facial growth. For girls, this typically occurs by the mid-teens, for boys, by about 18. You must be in good health and be a non-smoker.
Dr. Mao believes there are unique features on everyone's face that can be balanced or enhanced. He is fully experienced in utilizing both surgical and non-surgical approaches. If you’re interested in exploring rhinoplasty or other cosmetic procedures fill out this form or call (203) 907-0501 to schedule a consultation. Be sure to visit Dr. Mao's photo gallery to see what's possible.