Whether you want to change the appearance of your nose, improve your ability to breathe freely or a combination of both, rhinoplasty could be an appropriate solution. Rhinoplasty, also referred to as nose surgery or a “nose job,” is able to address lumps and bumps, size concerns, subtle shape changes and medical concerns such as a deviated septum.
Dr. Reo Pugao of Martin Plastic Surgery in Las Cruces, New Mexico is an experienced facial cosmetic surgeon, offering rhinoplasty and other similar procedures to men and women in Southern New Mexico and beyond. Please contact us online or call our office at 575-521-7111 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pugao and take the first step toward achieving your new nose.
Am I a Good Candidate?
You could be a good candidate for nose surgery if you:
- Are bothered by a cosmetic or medical concern regarding the shape, size or function of your nose.
- Have realistic expectations for your final results.
- Are in good physical health.
- Do not smoke.
In other cases, injectable fillers can be used to achieve subtle cosmetic changes to the appearance of your nose. This is sometimes referred to as a “liquid nose job.”
Types of Nose Surgery
There are two main types of nose surgery: open and closed rhinoplasty. The right technique for you will depend on your natural anatomy and your specific goals. Dr. Pugao will perform a physical examination and carefully listen to your goals during your consultation to help you decide which could be best for you.
The open rhinoplasty technique is used for more involved changes to your nose. Using this technique, an incision is placed along the columella — the strip of tissue that separates your nostrils. The skin can then be lifted from the tip of the nose, allowing better visibility and access to the nasal structure.
Open rhinoplasty is the technique typically used for revision rhinoplasty a well.
Closed rhinoplasty is used for smaller changes to your nose and involves incisions placed discreetly inside the nostrils. Minor reshaping can be performed through these incisions, leaving no outward scarring. Because this technique is less invasive than the open technique, there is less downtime and recovery associated with closed nose surgery.
How much does rhinoplasty cost?
The cost of nose surgery can vary, depending on the technique used, your location and other factors. The average cost of rhinoplasty is around $5,350, according to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. However, this figure doesn’t include additional expenses for things like anesthesia or operating room fees.
Don’t hesitate to discuss financing and payment options at your consultation to help make your procedure as affordable as possible.
What is the best rhinoplasty technique for me?
The best nose surgery technique for you will depend on the magnitude of changes required to achieve your goals, as well as your natural nasal anatomy. During your consultation, Dr. Pugao will help you decide if open or closed nose surgery could make the most sense for you.
Is nose surgery painful?
Nose surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia, so you should not feel any pain during the procedure. Afterward, expect some moderate discomfort, swelling and bruising. However, these symptoms are typically managed with oral pain medication and should gradually subside over the next days and weeks.
How long does it take to recover from nose surgery?
Recovery time will depend in part on the type of nose surgery performed. Generally speaking, most people return to work and other daily activities within 1 to 2 weeks after rhinoplasty. You will have to keep your head elevated for the first week after nose surgery, and physical activity will be limited for several weeks. Keep in mind that individual recovery times can vary.
When will I see my final results from nose surgery?
You should see gradual improvements to the shape, size and/or function of your nose as swelling subsides after rhinoplasty. However, it can take 6 months or more to see your final results.