Whether you are considering rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, or because you are having difficulty breathing, Dr. Chase Lay’s specialized training makes him an ideal choice if you’re looking for a surgeon to perform rhinoplasty in San Jose. As a head & neck surgeon who is double board-certified in Facial Plastic Surgery and Ear, Nose, and Throat, Dr. Lay understands the need to maintain proper breathing function and the structural integrity of the nose while changing its aesthetic appearance.
If you’re considering rhinoplasty and live in the San Francisco Bay Area, please request a consultation online, or call Dr. Lay’s office at (408) 358-3888 to schedule an appointment.
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Who Is a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
Women and men born with a nose that they have always felt self-conscious about are most often the people who consider rhinoplasty. But people who suffer trauma to their nose or who have functional issues might also benefit from surgery. A procedure such as Asian rhinoplasty can be performed on people who want to make changes to ethnic features. Dr. Lay prides himself on his ability to maintain his patients’ cultural identity while still creating a nose with nice refinements and a natural appearance.
Real Answers From Dr. Lay
“People have various reasons for wanting rhinoplasty: a more defined bridge, a more attractive tip, a nose that’s just not so big. Ultimately, though, cosmetic rhinoplasty is not about the parts of the nose individually, but creating an attractive nose that is in better harmony and balance with the features of the face.”
What Should I Expect?
Rhinoplasty is typically divided into 2 general categories: open or closed. Dr. Lay often uses an open rhinoplasty technique, in which a tiny incision is made on the small strip of skin that divides your nostrils. The skin is then gently lifted to give him access to the nasal structure. The surgery is done with general anesthesia (or local anesthesia in some cases) and Dr. Lay will address any breathing issues at the same time he performs cosmetic rhinoplasty.
Dr. Lay generally avoids using nasal packing that requires removal to control post-operative bleeding. Recovery varies from patient to patient, but typically lasts from 5 to 14 days. Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually adequate and most patients are able to return to work within a week or two. It’s important to remember, however, that the full effect of the surgery won’t be seen for several months to a year as the residual swelling gradually decreases. Rhinoplasty success is measured in months, not weeks.
Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is a surgical procedure that can be either cosmetic or functional. Cosmetic rhinoplasty is done to make the nose more proportionate with the rest of the face and otherwise improve its appearance. For example, the surgeon can remove bumps or humps, make large nostrils smaller, or make a wide nose narrower. Functional rhinoplasty corrects abnormalities within the nose that cause breathing problems. The two types are not mutually exclusive. For example, repairing a broken nose both improves the appearance of the nose and the patient’s ability to breathe through it.
A rhinoplasty procedure may include a septoplasty, or plastic surgery done on the septum, which is the wall of bone and cartilage in between the nostrils. A common problem is a deviated or crooked septum, which can be caused by an injury or birth defect. It can impair the patient’s ability to breathe. During a septoplasty, the surgeon will straighten the septum and remove any excess tissue blocking the nasal passages.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
A rhinoplasty procedure can be open or closed. During an open procedure, which is the older type, the surgeon will peel the skin back to reach the operation site. During a closed rhinoplasty, the surgeon will do all the work within the nose. The surgeon will choose a method depending on what is being done. For example, if the patient is having a hump removed or the tip worked on, the surgeon may choose a closed rhinoplasty. It all depends on the unique case.
Rhinoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure. Most patients prefer to be given general anesthesia so they can sleep through the operation.
What is the Recovery Like?
After the surgery, the patient will rest in the recovery room for a set amount of time before being cleared to go home. The surgeon will eventually remove any stitches, splints, or casts during a follow-up appointment. Most patients will be able to return to work just days after their operation.
The patient should avoid heavy lifting and vigorous exercise for a set amount of time after the rhinoplasty procedure. They should also avoid direct sunlight. It will take some time for the patient to see the full effects of the procedure.
Getting Started with Nose Surgery
To learn more about rhinoplasty, simply schedule an appointment with our expert staff at Chase Lay, MD in San Jose, CA. We look forward to helping you. Contact us today to book your consultation!