If you feel that your nose shape is displeasing, you have probably considered nose reshaping surgery. Rhinoplasty is one of the most complex of all facial surgeries, and should be performed by a top-rated, highly-skilled plastic surgeon so the results are long-lasting, and lead to beautiful, artistic facial balance. Many patients come to Sadrian Plastic Surgery for rhinoplasty as they trust Dr. Sadrian for his artistry, high-level surgical skills, and innate ability to create a splendid, natural-looking reshaped nose that truly enhances your other facial features. If you're looking for rhinoplasty in the San Diego area, Dr. Sadrian is a top tier choice.
Before & Afters by Dr. Sadrian
View actual patient photos of rhinoplasty surgery performed by Dr. Sadrian in his San Diego practice.
Am I a Candidate for a Rhinoplasty?
When a person feels that their nose is ruining their facial appearance, their self-confidence can be affected. This problem is always on their minds, and is a serious personal problem – which thankfully, can be resolved with rhinoplasty surgery. This surgery corrects any of the following nose problems:
- Droopy tip
- Overlarge nose structure
- Large nose tip
- Bump on bridge of nose
- Bulbous tip
- Broken nose
- Nose asymmetry
- Long or overlarge nostrils
- Wide nostrils
- Flat nose bridge
- Pointed tip
- Wide bridge
Why Choose Dr. Sadrian for Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty surgery, when performed by our skilled facial plastic surgeon in La Jolla, will reshape the nose to a more attractive size, shape, and projection – and will perfectly suit your other features. With rhinoplasty, it is imperative that your surgeon has an artistic approach in designing the new shape for your nose, as there is absolutely no “one size fits all” for this procedure. The final result is based upon the surgical techniques and artistry of your surgeon – you want the procedure to be successful, look perfectly balanced with your other features, and enhance your look significantly. Talk to us about our nose job surgery – with a five-star rating on realself.com, Dr. Sadrian is one of the most talented plastic surgeons serving in the San Diego area, with a luxury private clinic built around a positive patient experience.
What is a Rhinoplasty Surgery Like to Experience?
This surgery is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. At our state-of-the-art, fully accredited surgical center, anesthesia is administered by a medical doctor. The procedure requires varying lengths of time to complete, based upon the corrections needed in your individual case, but typically between 1.5 and 3 to 4 hours.
You will be well aware of what to expect, as at Sadrian Plastic Surgery, we ensure our patients are educated and informed, so nothing comes as a surprise. You will awaken from surgery with your nose area bandaged and will need another person to take you home to rest. Ensure you have filled your prescriptions prior to your day of surgery – you will want to just rest on the first day.
What is Recovery from Rhinoplasty Like?
Recovery from nose reshaping surgery will require some patience. Initially, you will need to rest – any surgery shocks the system, and rest allows your body to expend its energy on healing. A mild to moderate amount of pain is normal, but you be prescribed pain medication to help keep you comfortable during the early stages of recovery. It is normal to have some bruising and swelling. If only the nose tip has been altered, the bruising should be minimal if at all.
After a Nose Job – What To Expect?
The most annoying aspect of recovery, according to our patients, is the sensation of a stuffy nose, which will diminish over the following days. Your nose, due to the swelling, will appear larger than you expected – don’t worry! That is just the body working to heal. Once the stuffy sensation is gone, you will be far more comfortable. Sleep with your head elevated and use ice compresses to help limit swelling. You must not plan any lifting, straining, or vigorous physical activity for at least three weeks after surgery in our La Jolla practice.
Types of Rhinoplasty Procedures: Open and Closed
There are two approaches in surgery:
Open Rhinoplasty: In this approach, a tiny incision is made in the columella, the tiny strip of tissue and cartilage between the nostrils. The incision, once healed, is virtually invisible. This approach allows for greater access to the nose structure, which is necessary in cases requiring cartilage grafts or other more complex changes to the nose structure.
Closed Rhinoplasty: In closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are made from within the nose. This approach is often used in cases of minor nose reshaping, as it allows for less access to the entire nose structure but has the advantage of leading to less swelling and bruising and a shorter recovery time.
Your Nose: Balance and Harmony
To create the most effective facial enhancement, nose surgery must be performed correctly. You may have a vision for a “perfect nose,” but will that nose shape suit your facial structure? We must consider harmony with the entire facial anatomy. We focus on artistry in plastic surgery – you want the procedure to achieve what you want, the first time. Dr. Sadrian is one of the most acclaimed facial plastic surgeons in the San Diego area and can be trusted to achieve results that bring you joy.
Recuperation and healing after nose surgery
After your rhinoplasty surgery in our San Diego medical suite is complete, you will be able to return home to rest and heal. You will have an external cast or splint to keep your newly-reshaped nose safe and stable. Your nostrils may be packed to provide more stability, with packing typically removed within two to four days.
The sutures are removed after four to six days, and sutures within the nose structure simply dissolve.
In the early stages of healing, you can expect some discomfort, easily managed with prescription pain medication. This discomfort is usually in the form of a stuffy nose sensation, rather than intense pain.
Your results: How long will it take?
Most of the swelling associated with surgery diminishes over about two to four weeks, but it is not unusual for some swelling to persist longer. The initial results of your nose reshaping are seen at about three months, but for full healing, expect a year or more – although your new nose will look great to others, you may still have some residual swelling as your nose tissue recovers.