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Is Rhinoplasty Right for Me?

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi



When you look at yourself in the mirror, are you unhappy with the way your nose looks? Or, do you have difficulty with the way your nose functions? If so, a surgical procedure called rhinoplasty may be right for you. This common plastic surgery procedure can dramatically improve the look and shape of your nose, as well as boost your self-esteem and in some cases, even your quality of life. Commonly known as a “nose job”, this surgery can change and enhance the size, shape, and overall look of your nose. People generally think of this common surgery simply to reshape your nose. However, they may be unaware of the functional improvements that can come along with this life-changing surgery. Expert advice from a board-certified plastic surgeon can help guide the decision-making process.

Dr. Christopher Khorsandi is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Las Vegas, NV. His exceptional training and experience in the field of nasal surgery makes him a top surgeon and leading expert on the subject. His deep understanding of and care for each of his patients helps to ensure his number one goal is met, which is patient satisfaction. Women or men who want to change the appearance of their nose or are having issues with functionality can rely on him for expert advice and surgical solutions.

Have you thought about having rhinoplasty? If you are unsure if this surgery is right for you, ask yourself the questions below:

What do you want to change about your nose?

The nose is the most prominent feature on the face due to its central location. It is the first thing we notice when we look at someone and if your nose has irregularities, other people may notice them too.You were born with your nose and there may be things about it that really bother you when you look in the mirror. It is important to specifically identify what you want to change about your nose. Reasons for change might include the size of the nose, the shape of your nostrils, or the angle or straightening of the bridge. Other reasons for change include the lack of functionality of your nose, such as difficulty breathing or chronic snoring. The more specific you can be with your doctor the happier you will be with the outcome. This procedure can really boost your self confidence and make you feel better about your appearance.

What does the surgery involve?

At his Las Vegas, NV plastic surgery center, Dr. Khorsandi performs rhinoplasty by resculpting the bone and cartilage of the nose. This is done by making an incision inside the nose, or on the outside by making a small incision across the tissue that separates the nostrils. The nose is then reshaped to enhance its appearance. General or local anesthesia will be administered to ensure a comfortable sleep during the surgery. Upon awake and recovery, patients typically go home the same day.

Am I prepared to see a new me in the mirror?

Rhinoplasty naturally changes the appearance of your nose and the look of your face. You may initially feel like you are looking at a different person in the mirror. Afterall, you have had your “old” nose since the day you were born. Your “new” nose will not begin to take its new shape and look for about two weeks post surgery once all the swelling has subsided. During your consultation, Dr. Khorsandi will discuss recovery time and when to expect the final results.

What does the recovery process involve?

While every patient’s recovery time is different, most safely resume normal daytime activities within a few days. Walking and moving around is encouraged in order to reduce any complications. It is advised to avoid strenuous activities until doctor clearance is given. A nasal splint may be worn for the first week. Swelling and moderate bruising around the eyes is to be expected but should improve with every day that passes.

Do I have realistic expectations?

Realistic expectations are an important consideration before any cosmetic surgery. The results of your surgery can be as little or as dramatic as you desire. Some examples of changes in the nose can range from the overall size of the nose, improved breathing or a smoothed-out bump. Rhinoplasty takes ample recovery time for all the swelling to subside before you will see the final results. Las Vegas patients who are concerned with the functionality of the nose should address these concerns with Dr. Khorsandi during the consultation. The end goal is a natural looking outcome that you love seeing when you look in the mirror and a renewed sense of self-confidence.

Have I researched the right surgeon for me?

Choosing the right plastic surgeon is a big decision to make! Your post-surgical success is dependant upon your surgeon’s skills, success, and experience. In addition, you want to make sure you feel comfortable during the discovery phase. It is important to choose a doctor who is board certified and is an expert in rhinoplasty surgery. The doctor you choose should make you feel comfortable to talk openly and ask questions about your procedure. Some commonly asked questions are: “Can I see before and after photos?” and “Where will the surgery take place?” The doctor you choose should willingly answer all your questions and help put you at ease. Remember, customer service always goes a long way!

Dr. Khorsandi is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Las Vegas, NV. His exceptional training and knowledge in the field of rhinoplasty can help both men and women feel good about the way they look. Aside from the traditional rhinoplasty surgery, VIP Plastic Surgery also offers several different types of rhinoplasty including Revision, Ethnic, Septoplasty, and Turbinectomy procedures. We invite you to call or schedule a rhinoplasty consultation today at his Las Vegas office to find out if this surgery right for you.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.