Rhinoplasty for Men
The power of a strong nose is difficult to underestimate. As the centerpiece of the face, the nose can be responsible for how successfully the proportions of the face compliment each other. In other words, your nose can make or break the impression you convey with your face. To give you more control over the message your face sends, rhinoplasty—or a nose job—is designed to add or subtract volume from the nose, as well as to change some aspects of the basic shape. When considering rhinoplasty for men in New Jersey, the plastic surgeons at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery have experience navigating the special challenges posed by rhinoplasty in male patients, generating great results for patients.
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What is Rhinoplasty for Men?
There are many reasons why a patient might be unhappy with his nose. For some, it might be that the nose is too large, for others it’s that the nose is too small. For still others, it might be an inherited “hook” nose that is the source of consternation. So rhinoplasty as a procedure needs to be relatively nimble, able to achieve many different desired outcomes. Generally, during a rhinoplasty procedure, an incision is made through the section of tissue that separates your nostrils and the top layer of skin on the nose will be gently peeled back.
In cases where the nose is too large, bone and cartilage will be removed from the bridge of the nose. The removal of tissue will be targeted and designed to provide a strong profile to the nose after surgery. In the case of noses that are too small, cartilage that is specially designed to provide the desired final nose profile will often be inserted under the tissue. In some cases, the basic shape of the nose can be altered by moving cartilage as necessary—often from the septum to the bridge of the nose. In any case of altering the shape or size of the nose, the surgeons at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery are sure to take into account the final proportions of the face, upon which the nose has a profound effect.
Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty for Men?
Due to a wide following of New Jersey rhinoplasty for men patients, it is worth taking some time to note early in the process who is and who is not a good candidate for these particular operations. At ECAPS, we look for the following criteria in rhinoplasty candidates:
- You are in generally good health and able to withstand the stresses of surgery and anesthesia
- Your face has finished developing (as it generally does around age 15)
- You are unhappy with the overall shape or size of your nose
- You are unhappy with your nose profile due to visible humps or depressions
- Your nose lacks symmetry
- You have trouble breathing or sleeping due to irregularities of the nasal passageways
- Your nostrils are too large or upturned
- The size and shape of your nose does not complement the proportions of your face
- You have realistic expectations about what rhinoplasty can accomplish
Because rhinoplasty does involve surgery, it’s important to share all pertinent medical information with your plastic surgeon during your initial consultation. This includes prior treatments, current medications, and even tobacco and alcohol use. Sharing this information will help ensure that the results in which you invest will last for as long as possible, and that your nose will most closely resemble your desired final look.
Special Considerations for Rhinoplasty for Men
Rhinoplasty is both popular and versatile in terms of procedures. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t elements to consider before scheduling your procedure. The plastic surgeons at ECA Plastic Surgery might ask you to consider the following:
- Expectations: As with many aesthetic plastic surgery procedures, it’s important to start the process with realistic expectations. There might be realistic and insurmountable roadblocks to your final look, so it’s important to keep in mind the limits of rhinoplasty as you begin the process.
- Medical Conditions: You should not undergo a rhinoplasty if you have a compromised immune system or other underlying health issues, as infection can be a more common complication from this procedure.
- Breathing: Plastic surgeons can correct a deviated septum, which can interfere with breathing, during surgery. There is also the slight possibility that your will notice a subtle change in your voice after the operation.
Surgery and Recovery
Rhinoplasty can be performed on an outpatient basis, either in an onsite surgical suite or in a hospital setting. Depending the comfort and needs of the patient, local or general anesthesia can be administered, and this is usually decided by the plastic surgeon. There may be some minor scarring on the nose where the incision is made, but this is generally in a less observed area of the nose. Often, the emphasis of rhinoplasty is to make subtle changes to the nose. Indeed, the surgery is sometimes most successful when patients remark how people have stopped noticing their noses.
It’s incredibly important to follow your plastic surgeon’s recovery instructions very carefully after your rhinoplasty procedure. Because of its inherently sensitive placement, rhinoplasty does tend to come with a slightly higher risk of infection—both in the nose and in the chest. You should be able to return to work within one week or so of your surgery, and major swelling should subside over the next few weeks. Over the next three to six months, you’ll notice diminishing minor swelling. Your plastic surgeon at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery will provide you with detailed, individualized recovery instructions to protect your desired results.