For women and men in Scottsdale and Phoenix, rhinoplasty with double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Todd Hobgood offers the opportunity to enhance both the aesthetics and the function of the nose. Often referred to as a “nose job,” this is largely a patient-driven procedure because you, the patient, have a great deal of influence on how the procedure is performed and what the outcome will look like. While many people choose rhinoplasty to implement cosmetic changes, it’s also a popular option for treating structural defects within the nose that affect your ability to breathe normally.
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Is Rhinoplasty Right for You?
One of the most wonderful aspects of rhinoplasty is that nearly anyone can have it. However, there are a few things that may make you a better candidate for this procedure. If you don’t smoke or use nicotine products and are in good physical health, you are likely a good candidate. We want to ensure that you have no underlying health conditions that may interfere with your surgery or recovery. If you believe that there may be, it’s important to share them with Dr. Hobgood during your consultation.
If you have a positive outlook about what rhinoplasty can do for you and you have realistic goals in mind, then this surgery may be a great option for you. We stress the importance of realistic goals and understanding that rhinoplasty changes the aesthetic appearance of your entire face, not just your nose. Even if you know for sure that you want rhinoplasty, you may still be initially unsure of the specific changes you want made to your nose. Dr. Hobgood will work with you and share his extensive experience to help you plan your results.
The following are some of the numerous reasons why you may elect to have nose surgery:
- Lumps, humps, or depressions on the bridge of the nose
- Large, drooping, or bulbous nasal tip
- Enlarged or overly wide nostrils
- A nose that is out of balance with other facial features
Some people need revision rhinoplasty if you are experiencing complications or unsatisfactory results from a previous nose surgery.
Your Rhinoplasty Surgery
Your surgery can vary in length depending on how extensive the changes to your nose are. The first step of the process involves either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Dr. Hobgood will assist you in making this decision. The next portion of the procedure involves the initial incision. Depending on what the procedure calls for, the incisions may be created inside your nose, (called a “closed” rhinoplasty) or along the thin strip of skin between the nostrils (called an “open” rhinoplasty). Both approaches have their own distinct advantages and disadvantages, and Dr. Hobgood reviews which option is best for you during your consultation.
Once Dr. Hobgood has made these incisions, he reshapes the structures of your nose. This is accomplished by either reducing or removing portions of the cartilage or bone within your nose. If you have come to us because of a deviated septum, it is around this point of the procedure that Dr. Hobgood straightens the nose to improve breathing. Once all of the alterations have been made, he closes the incision. He may add a temporary splint to your nose to improve healing.
Dr. Todd Hobgood
Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Todd Hobgood has dedicated his career to treating and improving the head and neck. His focused expertise ensures that your results reflect your own unique desires and the complex anatomy of your face.Meet Dr. Hobgood
Recuperating at Home
Swelling is likely to be the first thing you notice once you return home from surgery. Initial swelling is likely to subside within a few weeks. If it doesn’t, contact Dr. Hobgood immediately. However, the actual shape of your nose won’t be fully refined for around one year. Gradual changes can take place during this time. Swelling can flare up as well, but it’s not typically something to worry about. Dr. Hobgood will provide you with more specific instructions that pertain to your exact situation. We may ask you to follow up with us on a periodic basis throughout the first year.
In general, you can expect to get back to work within about 10 days. However, you’ll need to take additional time off from exercise and other strenuous activities. If you do any heavy lifting in your job, it’s recommended that you take between 4 and 6 weeks off to allow for additional healing. Dr. Hobgood also advises patients to keep their heads elevated as much as possible for the first several days after surgery in order to avoid unnecessary swelling.
There aren’t many significant risks with rhinoplasty surgery, although there are some things to consider. For instance, anesthesia issues could occur during the procedure, though these are relatively rare. Additional risks include some bleeding, an infection, and issues during the healing phase. For a while, you may experience some changes in skin sensation, as well as skin discoloration. There’s also the slight risk that you won’t like how the changes have made your nose look. It’s up to you to weigh these risks against the positives and make your decision.
Q: How much does rhinoplasty cost?
A: The cost of rhinoplasty can vary greatly, but most uncomplicated nose surgeries fall within the range of $7,000 to $12,000. Although our prices are competitive with other surgeons in the area, the complexity of your procedure is a large factor in determining cost. More straightforward procedures are on the lower end of the price spectrum. During your consultation, Dr. Hobgood offers you a cost estimate so you know exactly what to expect.
Q: How old do I have to be to have rhinoplasty?
A: Rhinoplasty is a very popular procedure for teens, but it is very important that patients be both physically and emotionally mature enough for the surgery. In order to create predictable results, Dr. Hobgood must be confident that the individual is finished growing. Girls tend to reach this stage by age 15 to 17, whereas boys tend to need a little longer, so generally males should be at least 17 or 18.
Q: How long does the surgery last?
A: There are a few answers to this question, and they all depend on how comprehensive the procedure is. For instance, a simple, straightforward rhinoplasty that requires small incisions and no revisions can take as little as 2 hours. However, if you’re undergoing a secondary, or revision rhinoplasty, the procedure can last a bit longer. It’s unlikely that the surgery will last longer than 2 ½ hours.