Rhinoplasty for Men
Rhinoplasty can help create facial harmony by reshaping the proportions of the nose. This procedure can also improve impaired breathing caused by a deviated septum or other structural issues in the nose. Also called nose reshaping or a nose job, rhinoplasty is the choice of many Ann Arbor and Plymouth men who want to improve the appearance of their nose for a more masculine and attractive look.
Who Is a Rhinoplasty Candidate?
Men who are unhappy with their nose or feel that it is not in proportion with their other facial features can often benefit from a rhinoplasty. Common concerns for many male patients include:
- Nasal asymmetry
- Nostrils that are too large
- A large, drooping, or hooked nasal tip
- Humps and depressions on the bridge of the nose
Ideal candidates are healthy, non-smokers with realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure. A consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons can help to determine if this procedure is right for you.
The Rhinoplasty Procedure
The rhinoplasty procedure is an outpatient surgery done under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. When it comes to rhinoplasty, there are two methods that can be used: the open or closed techniques. During an open rhinoplasty, an incision will be made across the columella, or the tissue located in between the nostrils. During the closed technique, all incisions will be made inside of the nose. Regardless of where the incisions are placed, tissues and cartilage will be reshaped. In the case of a deviated septum, the septum will be straightened, and any nasal obstructions that have caused breathing problems will be removed.
Recovery and Healing
Rhinoplasty patients will return home after their procedure with an external cast or splint in place to help ensure proper healing. The cast or splint can be removed 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. Any sutures will be removed after 4 to 7 days. Swelling and discomfort may occur, which can be controlled with oral medication. Swelling and bruising will subside over the next 2 to 4 weeks.
Most patients will notice an improvement in their nasal appearance after three months, with final results becoming apparent after 12 to 14 months.
If done for cosmetic reasons, insurance will not cover rhinoplasty surgery, and the patient is responsible for payment. However, if a nasal deformity is due to injury, or if the patient has difficulty breathing, insurance coverage may be available. Contact your insurance company for specifics on coverage.
If you are interested in rhinoplasty surgery for a more proportionate facial appearance, contact the Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Ann Arbor today to schedule your consultation. Our board-certified surgeons strive to create beautiful, natural-looking results for each of their patients.