The nose plays an important role in the character and overall attractiveness of the face. Unfortunately, few people are born with a beautifully-shaped nose in perfect balance with the other facial features.
Although rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) is a popular procedure, it is also the most challenging cosmetic surgery to perform. Dr. David Kahng at Cara Plastic Surgery & Laser Center has extensive training and experience along with a reputation for performing this surgery with exquisite surgical technique. He performs rhinoplasty in Los Angeles to improve the appearance of the nose, correct functional problems, and bring better balance and harmony to the facial structure and appearance.
What Is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure also known as nose reshaping or a nose job. According to statistics provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), it is the third most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S., with 223,000 procedures performed in a recent year.
Nose reshaping is performed to:
- Enhance the proportions and appearance of the nose
- Improve facial harmony and balance
- Correct structural defects that can impair breathing
What Cosmetic Issues Can Rhinoplasty Address?
Performed correctly, rhinoplasty can:
- Reduce or increase the size of the nose for better facial balance
- Narrow the span of the nostrils
- Improve the shape of the bridge of the nose
- Change the angle of the nose and the upper lip
- Correct an enlarged, bulbous, drooping, or upturned nasal tip
The Asian nose structure is unique, and the procedure used on Caucasians is not correct for the Asian face. Dr. Kahng is extremely familiar with this procedure, and has gained a powerful reputation as a leader in the field of Asian rhinoplasty. His surgical techniques are geared to produce a beautiful, harmonious appearance to enhance and grace the Asian features. His Asian rhinoplasty procedure can reshape the nose tip, build up the nose bridge, or reduce overlarge nostrils.
Rhinoplasty to Correct a Deviated Septum
The nasal septum is the wall dividing the nasal cavity into two halves. A deviated septum occurs when the wall is displaced to one side. This is a common condition that may be present at birth or caused by injury to the nose.
A deviated septum can obstruct the airways, making it difficult to breathe through the nose. It can contribute to sinus problems, snoring, and reduced sleep quality. Functional rhinoplasty is performed to correct a deviated septum by adjusting the nasal structure for better alignment.
Nose surgery is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Dr. Kahng will recommend the best type of anesthetic, based upon the needed procedure and length of surgery.
The surgery is performed using either of two possible techniques:
- Closed rhinoplasty – all incisions are hidden inside the nose
- Open rhinoplasty – an incision is made across the columella (the narrow strip of tissue separating the nostrils)
Dr. Kahng’s surgical approach will depend on the nature and extent of the revisions being made to the nasal structure. The open approach has the advantage of providing the surgeon with direct visibility and better access to nasal structures.
The skin covering the nasal bones and cartilage is gently raised through the incisions to provide access for reshaping the nasal structures. Bone or cartilage may be removed to reduce a nose that is too large. Cartilage grafts, usually taken from the nasal septum, may used if it is necessary to augment nasal structures.
The surgeon straightens the septum if it is deviated. Projections inside the nose are reduced to improve breathing.
If nostril size is altered, additional incisions may be hidden in the natural creases of the nostrils. When nasal structure has been sculpted to the desired shape and structural problems have been repaired, the surgeon redrapes the nasal tissues and skin and closes the incisions.
What Is Recovery Like after a Rhinoplasty?
After rhinoplasty performed at our Koreatown clinic in Los Angeles, you may be surprised by how quickly you recover. Many patients are able to return to work in approximately one week after the procedure.
You can expect to experience minor pain and soreness as well as swelling and bruising. A week after surgery, bruising will greatly diminished, and you may feel comfortable now going out in public. You will still have some swelling, which will subside gradually over time.
During your recovery, walking around the house is encouraged to improve circulation. However, you should avoid bending over, lifting, and any exercise sufficient to raise blood pressure. Make sure you have an okay from your surgeon before engaging in any strenuous activity.
After nose surgery at Cara Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, initial results will be visible in a week or two, when swelling and bruising have subsided. However, it may take up to a year for your new nasal contours to fully refine and reveal the new beauty and balance of your enhanced nose structure. You may notice gradual improvements in the appearance of your nose as it refines toward final results.