What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a facial plastic surgery procedure that can correct any nasal structural defect, disproportion, or positioning. For years now, patients from Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington have benefitted from visiting Dr. Bohley’s office for this cosmetic surgery, during which Dr. Bohley reshapes the nose by altering its size and/or shape, narrowing wide nostrils, smoothing a pronounced dorsal hump, or adjusting a bulbous nasal tip for example.

Depending on the unique needs of each rhinoplasty patient, he performs either an open or closed rhinoplasty procedure. The technique used during your rhinoplasty will depend on a number of factors, which can be discussed with Dr. Bohley during your consultation.

Closed Rhinoplasty

During a closed rhinoplasty surgery, any incisions needed to make adjustments to cartilage and other tissues will be made inside the nose. Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Bohley uses closed rhinoplasty procedures when possible, but closed techniques provide him less access to the nasal tissues, which means the results obtained are not as extensive as open rhinoplasty.

Open Rhinoplasty

During the open procedure, an incision will be made on the bottom of the nose along the strip of tissue that separates the nostrils called the columella. The nose can then be lifted and restructured more extensively thanks to having greater visualization and surgical access to the nose.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Rhinoplasty?

You are a good candidate for rhinoplasty if your facial growth is complete and you are not satisfied with the balance of your facial features due to the size or shape of your nose. You may want to opt for surgery if you have a crooked nose, you have a birth defect, or you are suffering from a nasal blockage, such as a deviated septum, that makes breathing difficult. You should also be in good physical health, have a positive attitude, and have realistic expectations from your surgery. An ideal candidate will also be a non-smoker. If you have any questions about candidacy, please contact our office.

It is important to have very clear cosmetic goals from your rhinoplasty since the results are permanent. By the age of 17, your nose is completely developed, and only then should you consider this surgery. Maintain a healthy lifestyle and protect yourself from the sun for extended results.

Rhinoplasty FAQs

Can a nose job make your nose smaller?

Yes, a rhinoplasty can alter your nose shape in a number of ways, including making parts of it smaller.

Can I sleep on my side after rhinoplasty?

Dr. Bohley recommends patients sleep elevated and on their backs after nose surgery to help prevent drainage. Hell give you specific instructions for your unique procedure during a consultation.

Can rhinoplasty help sinus problems?

If you have breathing problems caused by a deviated septum or enlarged nasal turbinates, a rhinoplasty can help you breathe better and reduce the frequency of sinus infections.

Can you die from rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon is a very safe and effective surgery. Side effects include swelling, bruising, bleeding, and anesthesia side effects.

Do nose jobs last forever?

Yes, the results of a rhinoplasty are permanent.

Can nasal bone be shaped?

Yes, in some cases bone can be shaved down, although this is not always recommended.

Can nasal polyps change shape of nose?

No, nasal polyps are found deep in the nasal cavity and do not affect the size or shape of the nose.

Do spreader grafts widen the nose?

Yes, spreader grafts may be an option for someone looking to widen their nasal base or another part of their nose.

Does deviated septum surgery change your nose?

If undergoing a nose surgery to correct only a deviated septum, the shape of your nose should not change in a noticeable way. However, the shape can be changed in addition to correcting the deviated septum if desired.

How long are you swollen after rhinoplasty?

Most swelling and bruising will resolve in around two weeks after surgery, although some residual swelling may obscure the final results for up to several months.

What Is The Recovery Time From Rhinoplasty?

The amount of time taken to recover from rhinoplasty varies among individuals. It may be a few weeks before you can wear glasses without support, a few months before you are breathing at full capacity, and minor swelling may continue for up to a year.

After surgery, you will be wearing a splint for support over your nose and nasal packing inside your nose. These will be removed within seven to 10 days and the swelling and bruising improve within 14 days. You can resume most routine activities and exercises within three weeks post-surgery. However, wait for Dr.Bohley’s go-ahead before going about strenuous exercise and heavy lifting. It is important to follow Dr. Bohley’s specific recovery instructions to ensure a quick and safe recovery experience.

What Will My Results Be From A Rhinoplasty?

After fully recovering from rhinoplasty, patients can see a more proportionate and/or straighter nose that improves the overall appearance of their face. Any breathing obstructions that were present will also be removed so breathing should be easier and more comfortable.

Not everyone achieves great results from a cosmetic rhinoplasty the first time, which is why Dr. Bohley is preferred as a revision rhinoplasty expert in Portland. Revision rhinoplasty is simply a rhinoplasty that is performed to correct unfavorable results from a previous nose job.


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