Also known as rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery, improves the shape, size, and symmetry of a person’s nose, bringing it into better proportion with the rest of the face. When performed by a skilled, qualified cosmetic surgeon, rhinoplasty can be a rewarding and life-enhancing procedure—as the nose they see now looks natural, like the nose they have always thought they should have.
When to Consider Nose Surgery
- If you are unhappy with the shape, size or angle of your nose
- If your nose is too large, too small or not in proportion to the rest of your face
- If you have breathing problems resulting from irregularities inside your nose
- If you have a nasal hump or a nasal tip that is drooping, too elevated or wide
What changes can I make to my nose?
The goals of nose reshaping are as individual as the patients who choose to have rhinoplasty. By reshaping the nasal structures, including bone, cartilage, and skin, a cosmetic surgeon can help achieve one or more of the following:
Nose surgery is highly individualized, and the exact techniques a cosmetic surgeon will use during a procedure will look a little different each time, depending on a patient’s anatomy and desired changes.
- Straighten a crooked nose
- Smooth a prominent bump in the bridge of the nose
- Reduce the length of an over-protruding nasal tip
- Refine the size of a bulbous nasal tip
- Narrow a nose that is too wide for the face
- Reduce the size of a nose that is too large
- Restore symmetry to the nose following injury
- Correct breathing problems by opening up blocked nasal passages
Who Is A Good Candidate?
For patients of any age, it is important to have realistic expectations. Rhinoplasty can help you improve upon your existing nose, but it cannot deliver “perfection” nor can it give you the nose of someone else. A skilled, qualified cosmetic surgeon will explain to you what is possible and help you achieve a nose that looks natural with your unique features.
- Women and Men
- Age 18 to 65 (or older if you are healthy)
- Generally in good health
- Desires nasal reshaping and improved function/breathing
Recovery & Downtime
Rhinoplasty is typically performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia, although local anesthesia with intravenous sedation may be appropriate in certain cases. After your procedure, your nose may be placed in a splint. This helps to support your newly reshaped nose and protect it from accidental contact. You may also go home with packing inside your nostrils—this can be uncomfortable, but temporary. Packing is typically removed within the first week after rhinoplasty. You will be prescribed pain medication to help minimize discomfort during your initial recovery.
For the first 1 to 2 weeks, many patients experience bruising and swelling. At first, you may not be able to see the improvements made during surgery. But don’t worry—the majority of bruising and swelling should subside after the first 10 to 14 days. Most patients feel ready to return to work or school after 1 or 2 weeks, depending on the level of activity required. Typically after 3 weeks, most normal non-contact activities can be resumed. You must refrain from contact sports for approximately 6 weeks. It is important to limit activity according to your surgeon’s instructions and do not engage in any strenuous activities until you are cleared to do so.
While you will be able to see the improvements your cosmetic surgeon made during rhinoplasty after the initial bruising and swelling dissipates, it is normal to have some slight residual swelling present for up to a year. This is usually not noticeable to others, though.The results of rhinoplasty surgery are permanent. Dr. Maningas will listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have regarding your surgery during your one-on-one consultation in Joplin, MO or Bella Vista, AR.
How Much Does It Cost?
While your specific anatomy, concerns and desired goals will determine the ultimate cost, nose reshaping at Maningas Cosmetic Surgery starts at $5,975. Our all-inclusive quote covers the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia costs, the facility fee for the operating room, any supplies, materials, patient care bag and all routine follow-up visits.