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Rhinoplasty (Nose Job Surgery) Frequently Asked Questions

Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure to reshape or resize the nose to achieve superior facial harmony. The procedure must be performed by an experienced cosmetic surgeon who has a track record of successful rhinoplasty procedures.

Dr. Suzanne Quardt is a board certified plastic surgeon providing rhinoplasty to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other areas. Here is a list of FAQ on rhinoplasty that should address the common concerns and queries of patients regarding nose surgery.

What is Rhinoplasty?

‘Rhino’ means nose and ‘plasty’ means shaping, forming or molding. Rhinoplasty, popularly known as a nose job, is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to enhance the size, shape, or overall appearance of the nose to make it more attractive and proportionate to the rest of the face. The surgery could involve something as minor as removing an odd nose bump, or as major as complete nose reconstruction, involving nose implants, bone reshaping and grafting.

Is rhinoplasty a popular procedure?

According the statistics released by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, rhinoplasty was ranked as the fifth most commonly performed procedure by cosmetic surgeons in the US in 2012. Advanced surgical techniques in rhinoplasty and its safe and effective outcomes have resulted in an increasing number of people, both natives and from ethnic backgrounds, opting for this procedure.

Why do people choose rhinoplasty?

Nose is the central feature of the face, and even a minor anomaly in the nose shape, size, or appearance can have a magnified impact on the overall facial profile. Such nasal defects can distract attention from an otherwise well-proportioned face. Some people may choose rhinoplasty in conjunction with chin augmentation plastic surgery or another procedure to achieve more comprehensive and harmonious outcomes.

Who is a fantastic candidate?

Any individual who is bothered by the size, shape, or appearance of the nose in relation to the rest of the face may be a salient and outstanding candidate for rhinoplasty. The procedure may also be recommended for people who face functional difficulties related to the nose, such as breathing obstruction. Ideal candidates will be non-smokers or willing to quit smoking several weeks prior to the nose surgery.

As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Q will examine the facial anatomy, patient’s health condition and their aesthetic goals before determining whether they are good candidates. Patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas may consult with Dr. Q for rhinoplasty.

What does the rhinoplasty procedure involve?

Rhinoplasty surgery may be performed using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. The surgeon may decide to perform the surgery from within the nostrils or from outside. When the incision is place inside the nose, the scar will not show outside. In any case, the incision is placed discreetly, through which the resizing, reshaping, or re-sculpting of the nose will be done. Cartilage grafting or synthetic implants may be used in some cases, where the nose needs substantial reshaping, augmentation, or reconstruction.

How long will the results last?

The results of rhinoplasty are long lasting, and may even be permanent in many cases.

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