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Our team at Ambay Plastic Surgery, in Tampa, Florida use minimally invasive techniques to reshape your nose by eliminating bumps, crookedness or size issues. The cause of which can be due to genetics or a previous injury. A rhinoplasty (nose job) can create a refined nose that is appropriate for your face and will help boost your confidence and self-esteem.

During your consultation, Dr. Ambay will take the time to address your concerns, explain the specifics of the correction and create a plan to achieve your desired results. He will help you achieve a natural-looking nose to fit the proportions of your face and enhance your overall appearance.

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How Is a Rhinoplasty Surgery Performed?

The procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure in our state-of-the-art surgery center under light general anesthesia. Depending on the surgical plan and your medical history, there may be options for other types of anesthesia.

At our Wesley Chapel office, you will be in the skillful hands and care of Tampa’s best rhinoplasty surgeon, Dr. Ambay, who will use one of the following approaches to achieve your desired goal.

  • Closed rhinoplasty, a minimally invasive approach where incisions are only made inside the nose.
  • Open rhinoplasty where a small incision is made in an inconspicuous place between the nostrils and inside the nose.

These incisions provide access to the structures of the nose that need correction. It enables Dr. Ambay to reshape the nose by removing bone, reshaping the cartilage, adding cartilage or straightening out a deviated septum.

Thereafter, Dr. Ambay re-drapes the skin to reflect the refinements of the nose and closes the incisions. Tape will be placed on your skin to help maintain the newly created shape and a splint is used when bones are reshaped.

How is a Rhinoplasty Surgery Performed?

Best Candidate for a Rhinoplasty

You may be an ideal candidate for a nose job if you are in good health and struggle with the following:

  • You are unhappy with the appearance, shape or size of your nose
  • You suffered from a previous injury or trauma to the nose
  • You have a deviated septum

What to Expect During Your Rhinoplasty Recovery

  • Initial Pain Management: Most patients find that they require prescription pain medication for only a day or two post-surgery, after which Tylenol is usually sufficient for managing any discomfort.
  • Swelling and Bruising: It’s common to experience swelling and bruising around the eyes. To mitigate this, you should keep your head elevated for at least the first 24 hours following your surgery.
  • Ice Packs: Applying small bags of ice around the swollen areas can significantly help in reducing swelling.
  • Nasal Splint: If a nasal splint is used during your surgery, it will be removed approximately 7 days later. Similarly, any tape used will be replaced at this time, with further instructions provided for the following week.
  • Suture Care: For those who undergo a closed, minimally invasive rhinoplasty, suture removal is not necessary as they will dissolve on their own. In contrast, open rhinoplasty typically involves around three sutures, which are removed on the seventh day, along with any splints.
  • Dietary Considerations: Adhering to a low-salt diet post-surgery can significantly reduce swelling duration.
  • Resuming Activities: Generally, by three weeks, most of the bruising, swelling, and redness will have subsided, and you may start to resume exercise around 4 to 6 weeks post-operation. However, the specific timeline for your recovery will vary based on the individual nature of your surgery and personal healing process.

Dr. Ambay and his team will provide you with detailed instructions during your pre-operative visit, which is crucial to follow for a smooth recovery. These will cover medication instruction, surgical site care and follow-up appointments.

The journey to full recovery from a rhinoplasty is unique for each patient, with the complete healing process potentially taking up to 6 months to a year. This timeframe allows for the final, subtle refinements to fully manifest.

Benefits of a Rhinoplasty

Patients can look forward to enjoying the following:

  • More appealing features
  • A boost in confidence
  • Balanced facial proportions
  • Natural, undetected results
  • Corrected nasal symmetry

Risks of a Rhinoplasty

All surgical procedures pose some risks, and therefore it is important to consult a board-certified surgeon. These risks may include:

  • Allergic reaction to medications
  • Bleeding
  • Wound infections
  • Cosmetic imperfections such as asymmetry
  • Need for reoperation

How Much Does
Rhinoplasty Cost?

The cost of a Rhinoplasty varies based on your goals and the treatment plan.There are several financing options available to patients of Dr. Ambay. For a detailed estimate, we recommend scheduling a consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is rhinoplasty dangerous?

Like any surgical procedure, rhinoplasty carries certain risks, but it is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. Potential risks include infection, bleeding, breathing difficulties or dissatisfaction with the aesthetic outcome. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ambay, who has extensive experience in rhinoplasty, can minimize these risks.

What is the best age to get a nose job?

The best age for a nose job is typically after the nose has finished growing and maturing. For most individuals, this occurs around age 16 for girls and a bit later for boys. It’s also important for the patient to be emotionally mature and have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery. There is no upper age limit for rhinoplasty, as long as the patient is in good health.

What is a revision rhinoplasty?

Revision rhinoplasty, also known as secondary rhinoplasty, is a procedure performed to correct or improve the results of a previous nose surgery. This type of surgery can be more complex than a primary rhinoplasty due to the changes in anatomy and scar tissue. Patients seek revision rhinoplasty for various reasons, including dissatisfaction with the original outcome or complications from the first surgery.

How long after rhinoplasty can you have a revision?

It is generally recommended to wait at least one year after the initial rhinoplasty before considering a revision. This allows time for the nose to fully heal and for all swelling to subside, ensuring that any subsequent adjustments are made based on the final shape of the nose.

How long does rhinoplasty surgery take?

Rhinoplasty surgery typically takes between 1 to 3 hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure and whether it’s a primary surgery or a revision. Dr. Ambay will provide a more specific timeframe based on your surgical plan.

How long does swelling last after rhinoplasty?

Swelling after rhinoplasty is normal and varies among patients. Initial swelling decreases within the first few weeks, but subtle swelling, especially on the tip of the nose, can last up to a year. Most patients see the final shape of their nose after this period.

How to reduce nose swelling after rhinoplasty?

To reduce swelling after rhinoplasty, follow these tips:

  • Keep your head elevated, even while sleeping, for the first few weeks.
  • Apply cold compresses around (not directly on) your nose.
  • Avoid strenuous activities and exercise.
  • Stay hydrated and maintain a healthy diet.
  • Follow all post-operative care instructions provided by Dr. Ambay.

When can I sleep on my side after rhinoplasty?

You should avoid sleeping on your side for at least 4 to 6 weeks after rhinoplasty to prevent putting pressure on your nose, which can affect the outcome. It’s best to sleep with your head elevated on pillows to reduce swelling and support healing.

How long does rhinoplasty take to heal?

The healing process varies, but most patients can return to work and most normal activities within 2 weeks. Complete healing, when the final results of the surgery are apparent, can take up to a year, especially for the resolution of all swelling.

Can you breathe through your nose after rhinoplasty?

Immediately after surgery, breathing through your nose may be difficult due to swelling and the presence of splints or packing inside the nose. This is temporary. Most patients find that once the initial swelling subsides and any internal supports are removed, they can breathe through their nose, often better than before surgery.

How to prepare for rhinoplasty?

To prepare for rhinoplasty, patients should follow several steps:

  • Have a detailed consultation with your surgeon to discuss your goals, the procedure and what to expect during recovery.
  • Undergo a medical evaluation and any necessary lab tests as advised by your surgeon.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, as they can increase bleeding.
  • Stop smoking well in advance of the surgery to promote better healing.
  • Plan for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following the procedure.

Dr. Ambay will provide you with specific instructions tailored to your individual needs to ensure the best possible outcome and a smooth rhinoplasty recovery.

Does insurance cover rhinoplasty?

Insurance coverage for rhinoplasty depends on the reason for the surgery. If it’s performed for cosmetic reasons, it’s unlikely to be covered. However, if rhinoplasty is necessary for medical reasons, such as correcting a deviated septum to improve breathing, insurance may cover some or all of the costs. We recommend consulting with your insurance provider and our office for a pre-approval.

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