A nose that is out of balance with your other facial features can have a significant impact on your self-image and appearance. If you’ve been unhappy with your nose for a long time, consider visiting Dr. Nicole Schrader for rhinoplasty in Princeton, New Jersey (also called a nose job). She is board certified in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and has more than 10 years of specialized experience performing this and other facial plastic surgery procedures.
What improvements can rhinoplasty provide?
The results of rhinoplasty may be subtle or significant, depending on the kind of correction desired. Men and women considering nose job surgery in New Jersey visit rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Schrader for a variety of improvements, which may include one or more of the following:
- Reshaping, reducing, or augmenting the nose
- Removing a hump
- Narrowing nostril width
- Changing the angle between the nose and the mouth
- Correcting injury, birth defects, or other problems that affect breathing
How old should I be to have nose surgery?
Cosmetic surgery should only be performed on a fully developed nose. Female patients usually reach complete facial development by age 15 or 16 and male patients by age 17 or 18. If surgery is done before this time, continued development of the nose can alter the surgical results and possibly cause complications.
How much does rhinoplasty cost?
A variety of factors affect the cost of nose surgery, including the complexity of the aesthetic enhancement and whether you are correcting breathing problems. Dr. Schrader strives to keep her rates competitive with other New Jersey plastic surgeons without sacrificing patient safety or results. When it comes to delicate surgery of the nose, it’s important to avoid revision procedures if at all possible; therefore, consider the quality of your surgeon and the care you will receive above cost.
Plastic surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting a surgeon you can trust. Choosing a good facial plastic surgeon ensures that you have selected a physician who:
- Is trained and experienced in all facial plastic surgery procedures
- Operates only in accredited medical facilities
- Adheres to a strict code of ethics
- Is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)
Dr. Schrader has more than 10 years of experience, including more than 6 years in private practice in Princeton, and has performed hundreds of rhinoplasty and other cosmetic procedures.
How is rhinoplasty performed?
Dr. Schrader performs rhinoplasty as an outpatient procedure using either general or local anesthetic. She begins by making incisions to access the bones and cartilage that support the nose. The incisions are usually made inside the nose where they cannot be seen after surgery. Depending on the desired result, some bone and cartilage may be removed, or tissue may be added (either from another area of the body or using a synthetic filler). After Dr. Schrader has rearranged and reshaped the bone and cartilage, she redrapes the skin and tissue over the structure of the nose. A splint is placed outside the nose to support the new shape as it heals. Nasal packing may be used inside the nose to provide additional support.
How long does it take to recuperate after rhinoplasty?
Recovery after rhinoplasty depends on the extent of your procedure. The nasal splint is typically removed after a week, at which time many patients feel ready to return to work or school. You should plan on avoiding strenuous exercise for approximately a month.
How long will my results last?
The results of rhinoplasty are permanent, although subsequent injury or other factors can alter the nose’s appearance.
Does insurance cover rhinoplasty?
Most insurance companies will not cover rhinoplasty unless it is being done to correct a functional problem or a defect caused by disease or injury. Even in these cases, be sure to check with your insurance company to find out what portion of the costs it will cover. In addition to the surgeon’s fee, costs include fees for the operating facility, the anesthesiologist, medicine, splints, packing, and other services and materials.