Rhinoplasty in Miami, Fl at Gables Plastic Surgery
The area of the face central to everything that grabs attention is the nose. It can negatively affect an individual’s self-esteem when it appears to be out of proportion to the other facial features.
Some patients come to us because they want their nose to fit their face better, while others seek the expertise of Dr. Jorge de la Pedraja for functional rhinoplasty rather than for aesthetic reasons. They may have a congenital disability, suffer from serious trauma, or have breathing problems. For each of these, there are procedures in rhinoplasty to rectify any patient’s issues.
As one of the top plastic surgeons near you, Dr. de la Pedraja is an expertly trained plastic surgeon who strives to provide his patients with individually tailored treatment plans to reach their own goals.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, often referred to as a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure performed to change the shape and size of the nose permanently. The surgery is performed by reshaping the nasal skeleton, which is made of bone and cartilage. In the process, the skin of the nose is not altered. However, when the underlying structures are changed, the skin stretches to conform to the nose’s new shape. The rhinoplasty operation can result in a remarkable improvement in the overall appearance of a person.
What Can Rhinoplasty Correct?
Rhinoplasty can improve a multitude of cosmetic and functional concerns within a patient’s nose:
Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
The two main reasons for getting rhinoplasty are either a breathing problem or cosmetic concerns. You may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty if there’s an aspect of your nose’s appearance that bothers you – typically the shape or the size — or if you are having difficulty breathing normally through your nose because of its abnormal structure. A deviated septum is the most common irregularity leading to non-cosmetic nose surgery.
As a candidate for rhinoplasty, you should:
- Be in good physical and psychological health
- Not be a smoker or be prepared to quit before surgery
- Have reasonable expectations of the surgery
Informed patients with reasonable expectations are usually the most pleased with the results. Dr. de la Pedraja will explain what rhinoplasty can and cannot achieve and help you establish realistic expectations for the surgical outcomes of your surgery.
Your Initial Rhinoplasty Consultation With Dr. De la Pedraja
There are several goals of your rhinoplasty consultation. First, Dr. de la Pedraja will conduct a physical examination of your nose, looking specifically for factors like the thickness and elasticity of your skin. In the process, he’ll make sure he fully understands what you don’t like about your nose and listen to you describe your ideal outcome.
Why Choose Dr. de la Pedraja
Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Member of Miami Society of Plastic Surgeons
Committed to providing the highest quality of care to each and every patient
How Is Rhinoplasty Carried Out?
Your rhinoplasty will be done as an outpatient procedure at Dr. de la Pedraja’s state-of-the-art surgical facility. You will receive sedation and anesthesia medications to keep you comfortable throughout the process.
Surgical incisions will be made inside your nostrils. An additional incision may also be made across the columella, separating the nostrils at the bottom of your nose. Through the incisions, Dr. de la Pedraja will make the required surgical modifications. Depending on your case, the amendments could include:
- Refining the nasal tip
- Smoothing a bump on the bridge of the nose
- Altering the cartilage and bone of the nose to improve its appearance
- Reducing the size of the nostrils
When Dr. de la Pedraja has finished, he will close the incisions with sutures and place a surgical bandage securely over your nose.
Recovering From Rhinoplasty
After surgery, you will rest in our recovery suite while the effects of the anesthesia wear off. When you’re ready, you’ll be released into the care of a friend or family member who will drive you home and help to get you settled with your head elevated and with plenty of liquids and healthy meals nearby.
Initially, your nose will be bruised and swollen, and you may have some bruising around your eye area as well. Most of the swelling and bruising will diminish within a few weeks. If you experience any pain, you can take the prescription pain medication as directed by Dr. de la Pedraja.
It will be best to avoid any strenuous activity that could increase the risk of bleeding or other post-operative complications. Short walks are recommended, but you should avoid vigorous activities for 2-3 weeks.
Dr. de la Pedraja will monitor your recovery and schedule a follow-up appointment to check your healing progress. During this appointment, any sutures will be removed, and you’ll be advised as to when you can return to work, start exercising, and taking part in other everyday activities.
Plan Your Miami Rhinoplasty with Dr. de la Pedraja
Miami Rhinoplasty Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs
Your procedure can take between 1-3 hours, depending on your requirements. Revision or secondary rhinoplasty, when the patient has already had previous nasal surgery, can take longer.
Most rhinoplasty procedures require a nasal splint and internal dressings, which may make breathing difficult during the first few days of your recovery. Most patients have no functional breathing problems once the dressings have been removed.
Rhinoplasty results are generally permanent, and it could take a year for your outcomes to become fully visible.
Some broken noses heal well and do not require any additional surgery to repair form or function. However, some nasal damage requires surgery, especially as uncorrected broken noses can develop an infection or internal bleeding that can affect nasal structures.
Most rhinoplasty patients choose only to undergo rhinoplasty surgery to correct their nasal concerns. Dr. de la Pedraja will evaluate your needs to describe whether a combination procedure is appropriate for you.