With five convenient locations serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine, Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Phillip Garcia, offers rhinoplasty for men and women who live in North Florida. Rhinoplasty may enhance the balance between facial features. It may be performed for functional purposes, such as to correct a deviated septum, or for cosmetic purposes such as to eliminate a bump on the bridge of the nose, reshape the nostrils or alter the size or shape of the nose.
What Is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, sometimes referred to as a “nose job,” is among the most popular plastic surgery procedures. Rhinoplasty may be performed to increase or decrease the overall size of the nose, remove a hump, alter the tip or the bridge of the nose, increase or decrease the width of the nostrils, or change the angle between the nose and upper lip. These enhancements typically result in a greater balance between all the facial features.
- Cosmetic nasal surgery deals specifically with the shape of the nose.
- Functional nasal surgery addresses the breathing through the nose.
Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery always addresses the function and the shape of the nose at the same time.
View a selection of real patient results in our Rhinoplasty Before and After gallery.
When Is The Best Time For Rhinoplasty?
Summer is a popular time to have nose surgery for many reasons. Younger patients have time off from school, allowing for the necessary healing time following the procedure. Nasal trauma requiring correction is more common with outdoor activities. Whether reconstructive or cosmetic, nasal surgery may improve your breathing while rejuvenating your appearance.
How Do I Prepare For My Nose Surgery?
We will provide all of your preoperative and postoperative instructions prior to your rhinoplasty. We will ask you to stop certain vitamins, herbs and medications, including aspirin and ibuprofen, among others. Nose surgery recovery is shortened if patients follow our very specific instructions.
Do I Have To Obtain A Medical Clearance Prior To My Nose Surgery?
We ask all of our patients over 18 years old or those under 18 with medical problems to obtain a medical clearance from their primary medical doctor before nose surgery. Any patient undergoing rhinoplasty over the age of 40 also needs an EKG by their medical doctor.
Where Will My Nose Surgery Be Performed?
We perform our cosmetic nasal surgery in our State accredited operating room under the anesthesia care of board-certified anesthesiologists.
Cosmetic rhinoplasty involves reshaping the nose to enhance its appearance. This may involve altering the size of the nose, removing a hump, making the tip smaller or altering the size and/or shape of the nostrils. Each procedure is highly individualized according to your anatomy and aesthetic goals, and Dr. Garcia’s evaluation. Teens who desire cosmetic rhinoplasty are advised to wait until they have fully matured physically before undergoing surgery, which is typically around age 17 for girls, 18 for boys.
Repair of nasal trauma can involve correction of abnormalities of the nose caused by trauma or birth defects, as well as restore normal breathing. Many of the same techniques utilized in cosmetic rhinoplasty are also applied to correction of nasal and septal injuries.
In some cases, nasal surgery may be performed to correct breathing. This may involve simply straightening the septum, or the wall of cartilage inside the nose that separates the two nostrils and their airways, or it may require building up the structure and support of the nose to improve airflow. Many health insurance carriers cover medically indicated functional nasal surgery.
Cosmetic Nasal Surgery
The main goal of cosmetic nasal surgery is to give the nose improved balance with the rest of the face. Whether the nose is too large, small, wide, etc. nose surgery brings this feature into harmony with the rest of the facial features and brings more prominence to the central feature of the face, the eyes.
Cosmetic nasal surgery (rhinoplasty) can remove prominent features, such as a hump on the bridge by carefully sculpting the cartilage and bone that makes up that part of the nose. A wide or large nasal tip can be refined by meticulously sculpting the cartilages that make up the tip of the nose. A droopy nose can also be resolved with similar techniques. However, many times, such as in advanced revision rhinoplasty cases, cartilage must be added to the tip or the bridge of the nose in order to make the nose appear more natural and less prominent.
Functional Reconstructive Nasal Surgery
The nose plays an extremely important role in the transfer of air from the environment into our bodies. Proper and vigorous airflow through the nose is critical in not only preparing the air entering our bodies but in ensuring basic functions, such as sleep and daily activities.
The nose is divided into two halves by the nasal septum which is made up of cartilage and bone. When the nasal septum is deviated, it causes airflow obstruction to the corresponding side and may cause symptoms such as headaches, snoring, daytime sleepiness and sinusitis. A deviated nasal septum can arise from nasal trauma or may be present since birth.
The nose also contains important structures called turbinates, which help in warming air, as well as preparing the body for allergens, such as pollen. These can become enlarged due to many reasons. When there are nasal allergies, for example, these structures become large and cause airflow obstruction. This can cause similar symptoms in those suffering from septal deviation.
The goal of functional nasal surgery is to improve airflow through the nose by either straightening the nasal septum or reducing the size of the turbinates.
What to Expect During Rhinoplasty Surgery
We do not pack the nose after rhinoplasty, and we use absorbable sutures that do not need to be removed.
Nasal surgery is usually performed under “twilight” anesthesia where the patient breathes without the use of a tube in the airway throughout the procedure. The patient sleeps throughout the procedure, has no recollection of the procedure and has no discomfort whatsoever throughout the procedure. On occasion, if indicated, the procedure may be performed under general anesthesia.
The incisions used during rhinoplasty are almost always on the inside of the nose. On rare occasions or in some revision rhinoplasty cases, an incision in the crease at the bottom of the nose may be needed. In our practice, however, this is a rare exception and not the norm.
The cosmetic and functional issues of the nose will be addressed during the same operation.
Is There Any Nasal Packing After Surgery?
We do not pack the nose after rhinoplasty thus reducing the discomfort.
Most of the swelling inside and outside the nose after nasal surgery will be gone one week after the surgery. Most patients are able to breathe through their nose two to three days after the surgery. All splints and tapes are removed seven days after the operation. After your nose surgery, we will follow your results for one year.
You will have to observe some restrictions following nasal surgery. Typically you will be required to refrain from strenuous activities for two weeks and heavy lifting for three weeks. You should avoid all contact sports or activities that may produce trauma to the nose for six weeks. Although you will be able to visibly appreciate the results of the procedure after a couple of weeks, it takes a full year before the final results can be fully appreciated.
Is Cosmetic Nasal Surgery Painful?
No. Rhinoplasty recovery is a simple process. Since we do not pack your nose after nose surgery, the great majority of our patients do not have pain after rhinoplasty. Many patients feel mild fullness or tightness from the swelling but not pain.
How Soon After Nose Surgery Will My Rhinoplasty Before And After Photo Be Taken?
We will take your rhinoplasty before and after picture three months after the nasal surgery. The rhinoplasty photo is an important part of the three-month visit to Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery. At that time, the before after nose surgery photographs will be analyzed by the physician and the patient.
Do You Make Accommodations For Florida Rhinoplasty Patients From Out Of Town?
Our recovery cottages can accommodate patients interested in rhinoplasty from any part of Florida or the world.
How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost in Jacksonville?
The average cost of rhinoplasty varies from one community to the other with some small variations. Factors, such as the facility where the rhinoplasty will be performed, type of anesthesia and other issues, come to bear on the final cost of the nasal surgery. Jacksonville rhinoplasty varies in price range according to these factors. Sometimes, insurance companies can offset the cost of rhinoplasty when certain mitigating circumstances are present. Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery makes facial surgery procedures available and affordable for everyone. Our office provides a wide array of payment options, including easy financing. We also accept cash, major credit cards and personal checks for rhinoplasty and other procedures.
Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery is the leading facial plastic surgery center on the First Coast. As a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, specializing solely in cosmetic facial procedures, Dr. Phillip Garcia provides his North Florida patients with exceptional skills and results that last. For more information on rhinoplasty or to schedule a consultation at one of our five convenient locations in Jacksonville (Town Center), Avondale, Julington Creek, Fleming Island or Palm Coast, please contact us today.