The Truth About the Longevity of a Nose Job

As a plastic surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty, I have seen firsthand the transformative effects of this procedure on my patients. However, one question that often comes up is how long the results will last. It's a valid concern, as undergoing surgery is a big decision and patients want to know what to expect in the long run. The truth is, there are several factors that can affect the longevity of a nose job, but the good news is that a well-performed rhinoplasty can have long-lasting results. One of the first things to keep in mind is that after nose surgery, your nose will initially be swollen.

This is a normal part of the healing process and over time, the swelling will go down and scar tissue will form. These initial changes are signs of the underlying changes happening at the base of your nose. In fact, the aging process begins with surgery.While most people are prepared for the inflammation and recovery period after surgery, they may not be as prepared for what could happen to their nose after 5 or 10 years. However, as long as there are no complications or issues with the initial surgery, the results should be relatively permanent.

This means that aside from minor changes caused by aging, you should not need any maintenance or revision procedures. If you underwent nose surgery to correct medical problems such as an airway obstruction, you can also expect lasting improvement. Rhinoplasty typically takes between 1.5 to 3 hours and is usually done as an outpatient procedure. There are two main techniques used for rhinoplasty: "closed" and "open". In closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made inside the nostrils, limiting the ability to make significant changes.

In open rhinoplasty, an incision is made in the tissue between the nostrils and inside the nostrils. These incisions heal very well and are barely visible. As a plastic surgeon, I always strive to create results that will last a lifetime for my patients. Of course, aging can cause minor changes in the results, but this is a natural process that happens to everyone, regardless of whether they have had rhinoplasty or not. The overall structure of the new nose should remain permanent. For many people, undergoing rhinoplasty can be a life-changing experience.

It can boost self-confidence and improve the appearance and functionality of the nose. However, it's important to note that while making the nose smaller is a common goal for many patients, it's also crucial to reinforce the structure of the nose to ensure long-lasting results. Traditionally, rhinoplasty has been seen as a "reductive" procedure, meaning that surgeons focus on reducing the size of the nose. However, the goal of rhinoplasty should be to create a nose that not only looks good but also functions well and complements the patient's facial features and skin type.While many surgeons may be able to create a well-looking nose in the first year after surgery, it takes skill and experience to create a nose that will look good over time. The nose is a prominent feature of the face and it's important to consider how it will age with the rest of your features.

This is why I always use a variety of techniques to customize each rhinoplasty according to each patient's specific needs and goals. Sometimes we see significant changes in the noses of celebrities who had rhinoplasty in their 20s and are now in their 40s or 50s. While you may still notice some swelling in your nose as you look in the mirror every day, others won't notice it and certainly won't know that you had a nose job. After surgery, patients are required to wear splints inside and outside the nose for about a week to protect the nasal bones and cartilage. If you have any concerns about the aesthetics or functionality of your nose after your initial rhinoplasty, you may consider undergoing revision rhinoplasty to improve or refine your results. However, it's important to note that when surgeons reduce the size of the nose by removing bone and cartilage, they are also removing part of the structure of the nose.

This is why it's crucial to choose a skilled and experienced surgeon who can create natural-looking results that will last. Many people believe that once they have undergone rhinoplasty, their nose is ready for anything. However, it's important to remember that the nose will continue to age with the rest of your face and may require maintenance procedures in the future. As a plastic surgeon, I always strive to create results that will last a lifetime for my patients, and with proper care and maintenance, a well-performed rhinoplasty can have long-lasting results.

Vance Bellantoni
Vance Bellantoni

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