What Is Involved in a Rhinoplasty Procedure?

Elegant Model With Green Eyes Tilting Head BackYour nose is made of bone, cartilage, tissue, and skin that can be reshaped during a nose surgery, a procedure commonly called “Rhinoplasty”. When Dr. Costanzo changes the structure of your nose, the result:

  • Balances with other facial feature to achieve proportion.
  • Blends naturally with your unique facial structures.
  • Corrects any features that make you uncomfortable with your appearance.

Dr. Costanzo will chat with you during a consultation to get a sense of what you want to change and how to best translate that into a nose that looks like you were born with it.

How Rhinoplasty Will Give You the Look You Want

The fragile bone and tissue that forms the nose can be easily reshaped by an experienced plastic surgeon who can completely transform your appearance with a rhinoplasty. Countless Westlake Village patients have come to Dr. Costanzo to:

  • Reduce the size of their nose.
  • Eliminate bumps or crookedness.
  • Resize nostrils.
  • Add cartilage to change the shape of the tip.

Each aspect of a rhinoplasty depends on exactly what you want while keeping in mind the need for balance with other facial features.

What Will Happen Before My Rhinoplasty?

All Westlake Village patients need to come in for a consultation before scheduling their procedure. This consultation is a way for you to communicate your expectations and your plastic surgeon to provide you with advice on what is possible and recommended for your procedure. Over the course of an hour-long appointment, you will:

  • Undergo a thorough medical review to clear any health conditions that may prevent surgery.
  • Develop a treatment plan with the assistance of your plastic surgeon.
  • Weigh the risks and benefits associated with surgery.

The chance for complication during a rhinoplasty is exceptionally low if you choose a doctor who is experienced with the procedure.

Dr. Costanzo’s Approach to Rhinoplasty

With the exception of a few cases, rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia to avoid any discomfort or distress during surgery. Dr. Costanzo prefers an open rhinoplasty for a full view of the nasal structure and greater precision during surgery.

The main difference between an open and closed rhinoplasty is the location of incisions. A closed rhinoplasty features internal incisions which are hidden inside of the nose, while an open rhinoplasty hides the incision in the column of the nose. It may be tempting to consider a closed rhinoplasty over an open procedure, but reputable plastic surgeons agree that an open rhinoplasty achieves superior results that far exceed those of a closed rhinoplasty.

The Day of Your Procedure

The first step of your operation is to make you comfortable with anesthesia.  In a matter of minutes, you will fall into a deep sleep after which Dr. Costanzo will begin the operation by:

  • Making a small incision to access the nasal structure.
  • Modify the shape of your nose by removing or adding cartilage, tissue and perhaps bone to create your new nose.
  • Replace the skin over your new nose.
  • Close the incision and often a splint to reduce swelling. Internal packing is sometimes used for a few days.

When you wake up from the rhinoplasty, you can return home with the help of a friend or relative. After a week or two, Dr. Costanzo will remove the splint, and you’ll have a newly shaped nose. Although most of the swelling and bruising will be gone, it will take up to a year for your new nose to heal completely from surgery.

To schedule your rhinoplasty consultation, contact Dr. Costanzo’s office at (805) 373-9919.