What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is a highly complex surgical procedure performed for two reasons; to improve the cosmetic appearance of the nose or to improve the breathing function of the nose. Both cosmetic and functional issues are addressed during surgery to ensure a cosmetic improvement will not create a decrease in function.
What can Rhinoplasty Correct?
Generally speaking, the nose can be reduced both in length and width. The tip can be refined if it is too round or bulbous. The hump on the nose can removed and the angle formed by the nose meeting the upper lip can be adjusted. If the nose is out of alignment, as often occurs through sport accidents, it can be straightened.
Very importantly, rhinoplasty surgery can restore the ability to take a full and unhindered breath.
Specifically, Dr. Torkian examines each patient to assess cosmetic issues and to check for any functional problems that exist. He uses his surgical experience to prepare a plan that encompasses the patient’s goals in relation to the unique physical landscape he must work with. This process can take some time to finalize as patients are gathering information and making their decision. Dr. Torkian is happy to discuss any concern his patients may have so that their final decision is done with complete confidence.
Does Rhinoplasty Surgery Require Special Credentials?
The only legal credential required for any cosmetic surgery is that the physician be licensed in the state and that they are practicing in. Technically anyone with a medical license could perform plastic surgery; however only a board certified plastic surgeon has received at least six extra years of intensive surgical training specifically on plastic surgery procedures.
Dr. Torkian is double board certified both as a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon, but also in Otolaryngology, which specializes in head and neck surgery. His credentials and his many years performing surgery have given him the reputation of providing top tier results that enhance his patient’s lives.
Will Rhinoplasty Drastically Change My Appearance?
Dr. Torkian is known for his beautiful and natural results due to his ability to combine artistic perception with surgical skill. The end goal is always to achieve a balanced facial appearance, which means giving patients a nose that fits their face and looks completely natural.
To accomplish this, the initial consultations involve in-depth discussions concerning the patient’s goals for the surgery. Dr. Torkian uses a state-of-the-art imaging machine, called the Vectra®, which produces a visual representation of what the result will be. This part of the consultation removes a large part of the stress of considering surgery that will alter the most prominent feature of the face. Patients can see that the result will not be drastic at all; it will be an enhanced version of themselves.
How Painful is the Procedure?
The procedure itself is painless since it is done under general anesthesia. Most patients report that the pain level is quite low; it is the congestion and pressure that is more of an issue. Pain is managed through the use of prescribed medication, which is usually not needed after a week. Congestion is managed through the use of cold packs, saline nasal rinses and decongestant spray.
The recovery gets markedly better after the first three days, as swelling is markedly down and as long as post-operative instructions are followed, patients can manage very well. The culprit is swelling, but by following all instructions as closely as possible, swelling is minimized, which not only makes recovery more comfortable but greatly assists healing.
How Much Time From Work or School is Needed to Recover From a Nose Job?
The recovery time for each patient is dependent on factors such as the amount of work that was done internally, such as repositioning of bone (if any), as well as the patient’s capacity to heal. Compliance with instructions, age and overall health also are factors.
Generally patients can return to school or desk jobs a week to ten days following surgery. This doesn’t mean red carpet ready, only that much of the initial swelling will have reduced to the point that patients can go about their daily activities without attracting attention.
Patients with more strenuous jobs will need to take three to four weeks off unless they can temporarily transition into a sedentary position. Dr. Torkian will give specific recommendations to each patient based on how they are healing and the type of work or physical activity they wish to do.
The final result of nose surgery takes up to two years to fully show, although the refinements after the first three months are so subtle as to be unnoticeable by most people. Following instructions regarding anything that raises blood pressure is important during the earlier stages of healing and will have a direct impact on the final result.
How Long Will My Results Last?
A properly done rhinoplasty surgery will create results that are permanent and will not require revision rhinoplasty down the line. The surgery does not stop the aging process and as the face naturally ages, so will the nose.
Plastic surgeons agree that rhinoplasty surgery is among the most difficult and challenging surgery procedures they perform. Choosing one of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in Beverly Hills is the most important part of the decision making process.
As a leading double board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Torkian is respected by his peers for providing among the best nose surgery Beverly Hills has available. His results are permanent and provide his patients with a boost in self confidence that lasts a lifetime.
Am I a Good Candidate for Nose Surgery?
If patients are fully-grown and healthy, they are generally good candidates for this surgery. Rhinoplasty cannot be done on younger patients until the nose is completely mature. In girls this is around the age of fourteen and in boys a little older.
Will Insurance Cover the Cost of Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Insurance will not cover the cost of cosmetic surgery but it may be able to cover some of the cost if there is a documented functional problem. Our office can help determine what insurance coverage may be available.