The Truth About Rhinoplasty: What You Need to Know

As a plastic surgeon with years of experience, I have seen many patients who have undergone nose surgery early on in their lives, only to discover years later that their nose has changed. This is a common occurrence, and it can happen anywhere from 5 to 20 years after the initial surgery. While rhinoplasty is considered a permanent procedure, it's important for patients to understand that the nose is a dynamic structure that changes over time. One of the main reasons for these changes is the natural aging process. Like other facial features, the nose is made up of cartilage, soft tissue, and fat.

As we age, our soft tissues lose collagen, causing them to sag and stretch. This means that even if you have had a rhinoplasty, your nose will still change shape over time. However, these changes may be more noticeable in individuals who have had previous rhinoplasty surgeries. This is because the internal structure of the nose has already been altered, making it more susceptible to further changes. These changes can be purely cosmetic or may even affect the patient's breathing capacity.

As the nose structure changes with age, so does airflow, which can lead to breathing difficulties. Another factor that can contribute to changes in the nose after rhinoplasty is unforeseen circumstances. While surgeons strive for permanent results, there are certain factors that are out of their control. For this reason, it's important for patients to wait until they have reached maturity before undergoing rhinoplasty. This allows enough time for the nose to finish growing and reduces the risk of further changes in the future. One common concern among patients is whether their nose will continue to grow after rhinoplasty.

While this is a valid concern, it's important to note that the nose does not actually grow after surgery. However, exercising too soon after a nose job can cause complications and affect the final results. It's important for patients to follow their surgeon's post-operative instructions carefully to ensure optimal results. The results of rhinoplasty can vary greatly depending on the patient's goals and concerns. For example, if a patient wants to improve the appearance of their nasal tip, the surgeon may use lateral crural strut grafts to reposition and reshape the tip.

On the other hand, if a patient has thin skin, soft tissue grafts may be used to hide any anomalies in the nose. Immediately after surgery, it's normal for patients to experience swelling and bruising around the nose and cheeks. While the results of rhinoplasty are considered permanent, it's important to note that as nasal cartilage continues to grow over a lifetime, the nose may appear slightly larger or the nasal tip may sag as we age. There are different techniques that can be used for rhinoplasty, but I personally prefer the open technique. This allows me to have a better view of the internal structure of the nose, giving me greater control over the results. As a plastic surgeon, I have a wide range of techniques at my disposal, allowing me to customize each rhinoplasty for each individual patient and their specific nose. It's also important for patients to understand that their nose will appear larger immediately after surgery.

This is because swelling is a normal part of the healing process and it can take several years or even decades for it to completely subside. For this reason, it's important for patients to have realistic expectations and understand that their nose will continue to change over time. Ultimately, the results of rhinoplasty can be life-changing for individuals who have been self-conscious about the appearance of their nose. It's important for patients to choose a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon who can guide them through the process and help them achieve their desired results. By understanding the long-term effects of rhinoplasty, patients can make informed decisions and have realistic expectations for their nose surgery.

Vance Bellantoni
Vance Bellantoni

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