Boston rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Dax Guenther spends a good deal of time during patient consultations answering questions about nose surgery, one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the U.S. The board-certified plastic surgeon encourages patients to come to their consultations prepared with a list of questions so they can be sure to get all the information they need.
Below are some of the most common questions Dr. Guenther's patients ask about rhinoplasty.
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Before-and-After Photos of Real Patients
|This woman in her 20s told Dr. Guenther she wanted to give her nose a more streamlined look. He narrowed the tip, reduced the size of the nostrils and grafted cartilage from the bridge. She is shown 2 months after the procedure. View additional rhinoplasty patients in our photo gallery.|
Frequently Asked Questions
Can surgery to correct nasal breathing problems be combined with rhinoplasty?
Yes. Rhinoplasty may be performed at the same time as surgery such as septoplasty, which is done to straighten a deviated septum that is making it difficult to breathe through the nose. Rhinoplasty makes aesthetic changes to the nose, while septoplasty makes functional alterations. That is why the combination is often called functional rhinoplasty.
Are there age limits for getting rhinoplasty?
Adolescents often ask about getting rhinoplasty to change the size or shape, particularly if they are being teased about their noses. If being done for cosmetic reasons (there are no underlying breathing issues), it is best to postpone rhinoplasty until the nose is fully developed. This is usually about age 16 for girls and age 17 or 18 for boys. It is just as important for younger patients to be emotionally mature before undergoing any plastic surgery. This is usually a conversation Dr. Guenther likes to have with younger patients and their parents. There is no age limit for older patients, although rhinoplasty is less common for men and women after age 40. However, some patients actually get rhinoplasty later in life because of age-related concerns such as nose drooping.
Can rhinoplasty be combined with chin augmentation?
Definitely. Some patients are often surprised how much a nose's appearance is influenced by the shape of the chin. A recessed chin, for example, can make the nose look larger. Combining rhinoplasty with a chin implant during the same procedure is possible for the right candidates. The benefit of a combined surgery is the convenience of going through a single recovery and saving money on surgery-related fees. The result can be a very refined, nice profile.
What is the recovery like?
Most patients describe the first few days as somewhat uncomfortable, but not painful. You may feel stuffed up or have headaches during this time, but these effects fade quickly. Many people feel quite good after just a few days but have some cosmetic effects such as bruising and swelling that remain for a week or 2. Some people choose to work from home during this time. After just a few weeks, the vast majority of the swelling and all bruising should be gone. Trace swelling may remain for up to a year, but it won't be noticeable. People tend to be pleasantly surprised by the smooth recovery process.
How soon after rhinoplasty can a patient get revision surgery?
Generally, patients who are disappointed with the results of rhinoplasty surgery should wait until the nose is completely healed. Even after residual swelling and bruising is totally resolved, the nose may not be ready for another operation. It is also good to keep in mind that the final results of rhinoplasty surgery may not be apparent for up to a year after the procedure. There are exceptions, of course, and the best thing to do is consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in revision rhinoplasty to determine if the procedure should be performed without waiting a year. Dr. Guenther has an extremely low revision rate, and he often performs revision surgery for patients who got their first procedures elsewhere.