Rhinoplasty Procedure

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people seek consultation for enhancement of their nose. Rhinoplasty, typically referred to as nose surgery or a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the nose and can also correct breathing problems associated with deviations. At the San Diego office of Moradi MD, we proudly offer rhinoplasty surgery to meet our patients’ needs.

As a prominent and defining characteristic, a person’s nose looks its best when balanced with other facial features. Dr. Amir Moradi regularly performs this procedure to help achieve this balance and harmony, providing his patients with newfound poise and confidence. Interested candidates are invited to contact Moradi MD for a complimentary consultation.

Ideal Candidates for Rhinoplasty

Candidates for rhinoplasty may be unhappy with (or self-conscious about) the nose that they were born with. Others may be unhappy with the way their nose has aged, or looking to correct a defect that resulted from an injury or accident. Many young people consider rhinoplasty; however, the procedure should wait until after the growth period that takes place in the mid-to-late teen years has occurred.

As with most surgeries, candidates should be in good physical health. The best candidates for the rhinoplasty procedure have realistic expectations about what surgery can accomplish. During the initial consultation with Dr. Moradi at our San Diego office, prospective patients are assessed to ensure that they are physically and emotionally prepared to undergo this surgical procedure.

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty can reshape the nose for both aesthetic and corrective purposes. Rhinoplasty can reduce or enlarge the nose, as well as reshape the bridge and nose tip.

Dr. Moradi performs rhinoplasty as an outpatient procedure at our state-of-the-art San Diego surgical facility. Depending upon the extent of the changes desired he can perform either open or closed rhinoplasty. Both procedures are performed under general anesthesia and under the supervision of our certified surgical staff.

Closed Rhinoplasty

In the closed rhinoplasty procedure, also called endonasal rhinoplasty, all of the surgical incisions are situated inside the nostrils. No part of the incision can be seen superficially and a visible scar is avoided. However, because the right and left nostril incisions remain disconnected, relocation of the nasal skin can be challenging and the entire operation must be performed through narrow surgical openings with limited visibility.

Access to the nasal framework requires stretching of the nasal skin, and so distortion of the nasal cartilage is also likely. While a visible scar is prevented, considerable challenges and technical limitations are associated with the relative lack of surgical access. Prior to deciding on the closed rhinoplasty procedure, Dr. Amir Moradi weighs the relative pros and cons on a patient-by-patient basis.

Open Rhinoplasty

Unlike closed rhinoplasty, the open rhinoplasty (also called external rhinoplasty) procedure employs a small bridging incision to connect the right and left nostril incisions. The nasal skin can be folded upward and unobstructed visibility of the lower nasal skeleton is possible. Distortion of the nasal cartilage is minimized and individual elements can be evaluated in their natural, undisturbed placement. The paramount feature of open rhinoplasty is the improved surgical access permitted by the bridging incision. In most cases, the modest risk of a visible scar is more than offset by the improved precision, flexibility, and efficiency of the open rhinoplasty approach.

Recovery and Potential Risks

Before the rhinoplasty procedure, our staff will provide patients with detailed, post-operative instructions and discuss what can be expected after surgery. As with any surgery, the risk of complications is present and should be understood before undergoing treatment.

Often at the completion of the surgery a light tape and plastic nasal dressing is placed on the outside of the nose, and plastic splints are placed on the inside of the nose. Both the internal and external nasal dressings are typically removed five to seven days after surgery.

There will be a mild to moderate amount of pain and discomfort associated with the surgery. This should be easily controlled with oral medications. These symptoms should begin to decrease within 72 hours after surgery. Patients who experience any significant increase in pain after this period should promptly contact our staff.

Common side effects of rhinoplasty include:

Bruising and Swelling — Some bruising is not unusual after rhinoplasty surgery. These symptoms often worsen a few days after surgery and gradually improve thereafter. Most swelling occurs around the eyes, but some bruising may discolor the cheek area. Some bloody nasal discharge is to be expected. Swelling from the rhinoplasty procedure will temporarily make the nose appear broader and the tip more turned up and less refined than expected. This should not be a cause for alarm. Although much of the swelling will have resolved within a few months, the nose will continue to improve for up to one year after surgery.

Nasal Stuffiness and Excess Mucus — An excess collection of mucus in the throat is a common occurrence after nose surgery, and patients may experience sinus pressure. This should improve once the internal nasal splints are removed. Residual stuffiness can be expected to steadily improve over a period of several weeks.

Rhinoplasty typically causes a temporary disruption of some of the nerves in the area. Numbness in the tip of the nose, upper front teeth, or roof of the mouth can be expected. Some temporary alteration in the sense of smell or taste is typical after surgery, as well. Sensation will generally return slowly over a period of several weeks.

Contact Moradi MD Today for a Complimentary Consultation

Rhinoplasty is a popular procedure, and one that is commonly requested at our San Diego practice. Dr. Amir Moradi has years of experience sculpting the nose with beautiful results. In fact, several of San Diego’s finest ear, nose, and throat surgeons refer their complicated rhinoplasty patients to Dr. Moradi.

Complimentary consultations for rhinoplasty are available at our San Diego office. To schedule a consultation, patients are encouraged to call (760) 726-6451 or get in touch via email. Dr. Amir Moradi is a certified plastic surgeon, endorsed by the American Board of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgeons.