Surgery that repairs, realigns, or aesthetically alters the nose is known as rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty seeks to enhance the appearance and proportion of a patient’s nose, improving facial symmetries and heightening the patient’s self-esteem. Nose surgery, a significant practice in the Orange County area, can be received for more than just an improvement of appearance. It can also be received to correct functional problems such as impaired breathing caused by injury or deformity. Rhinoplasty Surgery During the actual procedure, Dr. Tavoussi makes small incisions to access the bones and cartilage that form the supportive nasal structures. These incisions are usually made on the inside of the nose to ensure that they are invisible following the surgery. In order to achieve the desired outcome, some bone and cartilage may be removed or tissue may be added either by grafting the patient’s own fat cells or by using synthetic fillers. Once Dr. Tavoussi has reshaped the structural bone and cartilage, skin and tissue are reapplied over these newly-built nasal structures. In order to facilitate recovery and proper healing, a splint is placed outside the nose to support the new shape. Recovery Within a couple of days, most patients are able to return to work, but full recovery may take up to a month. It is important to avoid strenuous activity such as jogging, swimming, or heavy lifting. Furthermore, patients should avoid any activity that increases blood pressure for at least two to three weeks. Avoid rubbing or bumping the nose and unprotected sun exposure, especially for the first two months. Following the rhinoplasty, patients have reported feeling depressed. However, day by day, the nose will start to look better and within a week or two, cosmetics can hide the signs of the surgery. Healing is a slow and gradual process and the affected areas of the nose may show swelling for months. In fact, the final results may not be apparent for up to a year. After the effects of the rhinoplasty begin to show, patients often experience varying degrees of unexpected reactions from family, friends, and even colleagues. Nose job patients should be mindful of the motivations for rhinoplasty and the ultimate goals of the surgery. If the results are congruent with patient expectations, then the surgery can be deemed as successful.