When it comes to the timeless masculine look, a balanced and defined profile is a central part. For many men, however, the nose can be a point of self-consciousness. If your nose is too large or small, or you have trouble breathing because of an injury, then a board certified plastic surgeon can help.
Rhinoplasty, also called a nose job, is a facial plastic surgery procedure that can correct an over- or under-projecting nose. Sometimes, it’s also used to correct a deviated septum that causes difficulty breathing. Rhinoplasty can address different areas of the nose, like the bridge, tip, base, and nostrils. In many cases, it can be paired with chin augmentation for a balanced, harmonious profile.
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Men who benefit most from rhinoplasty are those who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose and feel it may be out of proportion with the rest of their face. It’s important to be in good overall health and able to undergo surgery, so Dr. DiFrancesco will assess your health history during your consultation. Dr. DiFrancesco can also recommend options to enhance your results with popular options for men like chin augmentation or eyelid surgery.
Rhinoplasty can be performed using two different types of incision. Dr. DiFrancesco will recommend the right option for you based on your goals and anatomy.
This type of incision is made across the columella, or strip of skin between the nostrils. This allows the nose to be ‘opened’ by pulling it upward to access the underlying structure. This option is often best for significant changes and augmentation using cartilage grafts.
This rhinoplasty option uses incisions placed entirely within the nose for complete concealability. A closed rhinoplasty is best for minor changes but can be more challenging to perform.
Rhinoplasty is often performed under general anesthesia. Dr. DiFrancesco will ensure you understand your surgical plan, which may include reducing the different areas of the nose or augmenting it with cartilage grafts from the ear or rib. Additionally, the septum can be straightened if it causes difficulty breathing. After surgery, your nose will be fitted with a splint and packed with material. You can then return home with the help of a friend of family member.
Rhinoplasty comes with a significant recovery period, and Dr. DiFrancesco will ensure you understand your aftercare steps. Your nasal splint and packing will come off at around one week after surgery. Initial bruising and swelling often resolves within the first several weeks, and you can return to work and social engagements around this time. It’s important to avoid strenuous activity and wearing glasses until otherwise cleared by Dr. DiFrancesco. Any residual swelling after rhinoplasty can take up to one year.
Rhinoplasty can achieve a masculine, balanced profile with the help of a board certified plastic surgeon. To begin discussing your options with Dr. DiFrancesco, contact our Atlanta office by calling or filling out our online form.
The nose will be healed enough for normal and exertional activity by 6 weeks after rhinoplasty. However, it can take up to a year for the to be fully healed.
You may experience slight changes in the amount of air which passes through your nose and this may alter sounds. Most people do not experience significant changes to their voice.
Most patients experience normal swelling for 2 – 4 weeks post-surgery. Most of the tenderness is also gone by 2 weeks after rhinoplasty.
After surgery you will have a splint on your nose to protect it from trauma for approximately one week. You will be asked to keep your head elevated to help with swelling and to refrain from strenuous activity.