About Nose Jobs

Nose Surgery – Nose Reconstruction or Nose Reshaping Cosmetic Surgery

Plastic surgery on the nose (rhinoplasty) is sometimes done for purely cosmetic reasons but in other cases; nose reshaping and implants can also help correct medical conditions such as a deviated septum or trauma to the nose.

Usually nose reshaping and nose implants are done together as joint procedures to achieve the most attractive effect. Cosmetic nose surgery is popularly known as ‘nose job’.


The first thing that you need to realize is that nose implants fall into the category of prosthetic surgery. This is because the implants themselves are made of soft, but solid silicone and technically can be classified as foreign objects.

These objects must be accepted by the body and assimilated into the tissues that were already there. Sometimes a nose implant can be harvested from another area of the body that contains soft cartilage to another.

The reshaping of a nose may be achieved either through “cut and stitch” plastic surgery or through the use of lipoplasty. Lipoplasty may involve the removal of material through a small vacuum. Then, using tiny incisions placed either inside or outside the nose, the cartilage and tissue are gently reshaped.

Sometimes the surgeon may simply use the head of the cannula of the lipoplasty wand to shape the nose.

Nose reshaping or nose implant surgery is not necessarily mandatory for anyone, but it is a common operation for those who dislike the look of the nose they were born with. There are no real guidelines as to what constitutes the aesthetically perfect probiscus so plastic surgeons who specialize in nose implants will often have a “bible” in their office that contains photographs of a variety of differently sized and shaped noses that can be achieved through reshaping or implants. Of all of the surgeries, nose implants probably achieve the best results.

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However, nose implants also come with some side effects and risks that may affect your decision to have the surgery at all.

Key Points in Nose Surgery

First of all, like all implants nose implants are more likely to shift and wander out of place because they are subjected to a lot of motion from the face. After implantation the placement of your nose prosthetics or transplanted cartilage is subject to being shoved around and displaced by all the eating, talking and coughing that you repeatedly do every day.

For this reason, you may need repeated visits to your plastic surgeon to have them repositioned so that they remain securely in position on your face.

Secondly, the plastic surgeon that you choose to do your nose implantation must also be a bit of an artisan. This is because the donated cartilage or solid silicone implants often have to be sculpted and shaped by hand by the plastic surgeon before they are inserted in your body.

Are You an Ideal Candidate?

The operation itself is considered to be major invasive surgery and you may require at least a week in the hospital and a month off of work. It is usually done under general anesthesia. Like most major surgery, nose surgery is not recommended for individuals with underlying an autoimmune condition or a serious disease. As a lot of bleeding may be involved, it is also not recommended for smokers or people who have a history of bruising. Besides, the cost of rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is an issue to consider.

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Post Operative conditions in Nose Reshaping Surgery

Postoperative infection is of special concern to recipients of nose implants simply because the stitches and wounds associated with the operation are placed very near the sinus, eyes and brain. These delicate areas of the head are very vulnerable to infections so following your doctor’s instructions with regards to your post-operative personal hygiene is crucial. You can also expect swelling, bruising and crusting of the nose to occur after the operation for a week or two. Many people also boast black and blue “raccoon eyes” for a week or so after this operation as cavities around the eyes absorb excess blood and fluid from the operation.

Nose Reconstruction – Recovery

Recovery from a nose job can be quite painful. Breathing through your nose may be an ordeal and it is very common to suffer from headaches afterwards. Many individuals have found themselves hooked on a morphine drip for two weeks after this type of plastic surgery. It is inevitable that you will be prescribed narcotics for the pain so if you have a history of addiction this kind of surgery may not be for you.

If all goes well, your recovery from nose enhancement surgery should take about a month. However it can take from eight months to a year for you to fail to notice the implants anymore and feel like they integrated with your body.