Do you feel confident you’re putting your best face forward when you walk into a room? If your nose gets in the way of your best life by impeding your self-confidence, your breathing, or both, don’t hesitate to talk with Douglas Hendricks, MD, about your options for Rhinoplasty at Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center.
Dr. Hendricks is board certified in three types of surgery, including plastic surgery, and is dedicated to delivering beautiful rhinoplasty results to his patients. Call the office in Newport Beach, California, or book your appointment online to learn more.
A Rhinoplasty, also called a nose job, is a surgical procedure during which Dr. Hendricks reshapes your nose. This procedure is ideal for people who have a nose deformity that affects their appearance, ability to breathe, or both. Some reasons people choose to have a rhinoplasty include:
To best align with your nose’s needs and your cosmetic goals, Dr. Hendricks offers two types of rhinoplasty procedures.
Open Rhinoplasty: During an open rhinoplasty, Dr. Hendricks makes incisions on the exterior of your nose to perform the procedure. In some cases, especially when the tip of the nose needs to be reshaped or repositioned, an open rhinoplasty is necessary because it gives Dr. Hendricks the best view of the interior of your nose and the ability to reshape it. The incisions used during an open rhinoplasty are usually no more than 3 millimeters long and heal, so they're virtually invisible.
Closed Rhinoplasty: If an open rhinoplasty isn't necessary for your specific procedure, you may want to explore a closed rhinoplasty. In these instances, Dr. Hendricks makes needed surgical incisions inside your nose. That way, you have no visible signs of your rhinoplasty once you heal. It is also sometimes called a scarless rhinoplasty for this reason.
You may have heard of a “scarless nose job”. While our patients eligible for a closed rhinoplasty procedure cannot see visible scars, there is truthfully no such thing as a scarless surgery. Surgical incisions always leave scars. It takes a skilled Newport Beach rhinoplasty surgeon such as Dr. Hendricks to hide them in such a way that they are not noticeable.
In a closed rhinoplasty, incisions are placed inside the nose where they cannot be seen. In an open rhinoplasty, scars are carefully placed on the exterior of the nose, often making use of natural folds, creases, and underside of the nose, which present an ideal opportunity to hide the scars in a creative manner.
Rhinoplasty usually takes two hours or less to perform. Afterward, you'll head home - wearing a splint and bandages - to relax and start the healing process. Dr. Hendricks lets you know what to expect as far as healing time based on the specific way he alters your nose during your rhinoplasty.
If you're interested in learning more about rhinoplasty Newport Beach surgeon Dr. Hendricks would be happy to discuss the benefits during a consultation, including what rhinoplasty can do for your breathing and appearance. Call his office or book your appointment online.
If the nature of the surgery is purely cosmetic, insurance does not cover rhinoplasty. Insurance may cover the procedure if it is done to correct a deviated septum and in certain limited circumstances.
Your first step is meeting with Dr. Hendricks, a triple-board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in cosmetic procedures for the face and body. He conducts an examination of the nasal structures to determine if rhinoplasty is medically necessary. This is information you may use to pursue insurance reimbursement related to the cost of your Newport Beach Rhinoplasty surgery.
A “nose job” is a surgical nose reshaping procedure that is often done for cosmetic reasons, such as removing an unsightly large dorsal hump, making a large nose smaller, or lifting a drooping nasal tip. However, it may also be used to repair a broken nose after an accident or injury, as well as improve breathing that is obstructed by a deviated septum.
Small (>3 mm), carefully placed incisions are made either inside of or around the nose. Cartilage and tissue are removed and sculpted to improve the cosmetic defects that were discussed during the consultation, keeping your aesthetic preferences in mind.
The rhinoplasty downtime is generally one to two weeks.
Bruising and swelling are a common response to any surgery. Bruising tends to occur near the nose and under the eyes in the case of rhinoplasty procedures. You may be instructed on how to apply ice to the area to alleviate bruising. It is important to follow all post-operative instructions carefully to avoid damaging the nasal structures as they heal. Sleeping on your back, with your head elevated, is generally advised during the initial rhinoplasty recovery period. Rhinoplasty aftercare instructions are provided to each patient. Dr. Hendricks and his staff are pleased to answer any questions you have, both before and after surgery, to ensure your comfort and safety.
While bruising mostly subsides in the first two weeks after surgery, any bruising that remains may be concealed with makeup when the physician indicates it is safe to do so. Most patients feel comfortable with resuming limited social activity approximately seven to ten days after rhinoplasty surgery.
Strenuous activities should be avoided for about six weeks following the procedure. Any activities that may damage the nose, particularly during the first several months of the procedure, should be avoided. This includes ball sports and extreme sports.
Any postoperative bandages, including a nose splint, are placed at the conclusion of surgery. Dr. Hendricks will advise when these may be removed at a follow-up appointment shortly after the procedure.
No. A rhinoplasty is a one-day procedure. This means there is no need for an overnight hospital stay. Patients can return home after they feel comfortable doing so. You’ll have time to awaken and recover in a recovery room attended by a nurse until you are ready to go home. It is normal to feel groggy for up to 24 hours after surgery. Since general anesthesia is administered, a friend or family member should be present to drive you to and from the surgical appointment.
All surgery has a degree of discomfort. Most patients find that rhinoplasty pain is quite easily tolerated. Dr. Hendricks will discuss the pain management strategy that is most suitable for the type of surgery you received. This may include over-the-counter or prescription medications, which should be procured prior to surgery day so that you have access to them immediately following surgery, as needed.