Double Board certified in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (head and neck surgery), Dr. Nicole Schrader has specialized experience performing rhinoplasty in men and women.
Rhinoplasty, also known as a “nose job”, transforms a misshapen nose and balances the size and appearance to complement and blend with the other facial features. Slight surgical alterations to the nose can provide dramatic improvement by harmonizing the facial features and profile.
Men and women who are considering nose job surgery in Princeton, New Jersey, visit rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Schrader for a variety of reasons. The rhinoplasty results may be subtle or more noticeable, depending on the type of correction that is requested. Rhinoplasty can create many changes in the nose, including the following:
- Defining of the nasal tip
- Reshaping or reducing the nose
- Removing a hump
- Narrowing the width of the nostrils
- Changing the angle between the nose and the mouth
- Correcting an injury, congenital disability, or other problems that affect breathing
Dr. Nicole Schrader uses different techniques during rhinoplasty surgery. She can augment the nose, smooth surface deformities, and enhance the profile to achieve aesthetically pleasing results. She uses conservative measures and tailors each technique to match the requests of the patient. Tailoring the rhinoplasty treatment is necessary to complement the individual’s natural beauty without creating a distraction.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Dr. Schrader performs rhinoplasty as an outpatient procedure using general. She begins by making incisions to access the underlying 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. Sometimes tissue may be added, either from the septum or ear cartilage. After Dr. Schrader has rearranged and reshaped the bone and cartilage, she redrapes the skin and tissue over the new structure of the nose. A splint is placed on the outside of the nose to support the new shape as it heals.
Rhinoplasty Surgical Recovery
Recovery after rhinoplasty depends on the details and extent of the procedure. Post-surgery swelling and bruising on the nose and around the eyes are common and should be expected, but these symptoms will gradually improve over the first two weeks. Most patients feel uncomfortable and achy with a light headache for the first few days. Dr. Schrader usually removes the sutures and splint seven days after the surgery. Patients typically return to work in one week, depending on the activity level and the type of job. Light activity can be resumed one week after the surgery, but patients must avoid strenuous activities for approximately 2 weeks. The results of the rhinoplasty augmentation will be evident in two to three weeks as swelling subsides.
Dr. Schrader tailors the rhinoplasty treatment to complement the individual’s natural beauty without creating a distraction. Rhinoplasty is used to alter or improve an oversized nose, saddle nose, hump and other nasal conditions. Dr. Schrader explains in detail the rhinoplasty treatment goals and expectations during the consultation.
Dr. Schrader meets with each patient in a private patient-doctor consultation to discuss the rhinoplasty surgery. This is the perfect time for the patient to share their goals and expectations. During the meeting, Dr. Schrader reviews the patient’s health history, examines the patient’s nose, and shares before and after photos of previous patients. Dr. Schrader completes the consultation with a professional recommendation and answers each of the patient’s questions and addresses any specific concerns that they may have.
The Ideal Rhinoplasty Candidate
The ideal rhinoplasty candidate is in good health, doesn’t smoke and has realistic expectations. Male and females who want to reduce the size of their nose, improve the appearance of the nose, or resolve breathing problems caused by nasal problems may be considered ideal candidates for rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty 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 cosmetic surgery is performed before this time, the continued development of the nose can alter the surgical results and may create complications.
A variety of factors affect the cost of nose surgery, including the complexity of the aesthetic enhancement and if breathing problems are also being addressed. Dr. Schrader strives to keep her rates competitive with other New Jersey plastic surgeons without sacrificing patient safety or results. When it comes to the 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. Dr. Schrader has extensive experience performing rhinoplasty on men and women.
Common Rhinoplasty Questions
How is the Rhinoplasty Procedure Performed?
Dr. Schrader begins by making incisions within the nasal passages to access the internal bones and cartilage that support the nose. Depending on the desired result, Dr. Schrader may remove some bone and cartilage or add tissue from another area of the body or with 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 and places a splint over the outside the nose to support the new shape while it heals.
What Kind of Anesthesia is Used for Rhinoplasty?
Dr. Schrader performs rhinoplasty with general anesthesia. She will explain the specific details of your surgery during your consultation.
How Long Does the Rhinoplasty Procedure Take?
Rhinoplasty surgery varies slightly depending on the extent of each individual surgery. Dr. Schrader will provide you with specifics pertaining to your surgery during your consultation.
Will I Have Scars after Rhinoplasty?
Dr. Schrader typically places incisions within the nasal passages so that they are not visible after the surgery. If an external incision is needed, Dr. Schrader will create the incision as inconspicuously as possible and will explain in detail where the sutures will be placed during your consultation.
Am I a Good Candidate for Rhinoplasty?
If you want to have rhinoplasty and you are in good general health, and have realistic expectations, Dr. Schrader may recommend rhinoplasty for you. Rhinoplasty should be performed on a fully developed nose because the continued growth and development of the nose could alter the surgical results and create complications. Female patients usually reach complete facial development by age 14 to 16 and male patients by age 17 or 18. The best way to find out if rhinoplasty is right for you is to request a consultation with Dr. Schrader in Princeton, NJ.
Is Rhinoplasty Painful?
Aching and discomfort in the nose and a light headache are common after a rhinoplasty procedure is completed. Dr. Schrader will provide you with post-care instructions that will help to minimize discomfort, and she will prescribe medication that can be used as needed. Tylenol and over-the-counter pain medications typically relieve any pain and reduce discomfort.
What is Rhinoplasty Recovery Like?
After your rhinoplasty, your nose will be protected with a splint. The splint and all dressings are typically removed in one week. Your face may be slightly puffy or swollen, you may experience a dull headache, and your nose may ache.
Minor bleeding, swelling and bruising on the nose and under the eyes are common, and these symptoms gradually fade over the first week. Your nose should look better in two to three weeks and will continue to improve after that. Minor, undetectable swelling may be experienced during the first year.
When Can I Return to Work After My Rhinoplasty?
Dr. Schrader typically recommends that patients return to work and resume their regular activities in one week. When you return to work will depend on the type of work and physical activity that is required. You need to protect your nose for several weeks after the surgery and you should avoid strenuous exercise and activities for three weeks.
When Can I Resume Exercising after My Rhinoplasty Surgery?
You may resume light exercise within two weeks after your rhinoplasty surgery. Dr. Schrader will give you specific instructions based on your healing progress when she removes your stitches one week after the surgery. Some forms of more strenuous exercise may be approved after three weeks, but any activity that could cause nasal trauma must be avoided for up to six weeks.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Rhinoplasty results are permanent, but a subsequent injury could alter the appearance of your nose. Following all aftercare instructions is important.
Will Medical Insurance Cover My Rhinoplasty Surgery?
Most insurance companies only cover rhinoplasty if it is needed to correct a functional problem or a defect that was caused by a disease or injury. Even if the surgery is deemed medically necessary, you should check with your insurance company to find out how much of the medical expenses will be covered.
Schedule Your Consultation in Princeton, NJ
If you are dissatisfied with your nose or having breathing issues and would like to learn more about rhinoplasty, call 609-279-0009 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nicole Schrader in Princeton, NJ, or contact Schrader Facial Plastic Surgery HERE. We have three convenient locations in Princeton, Robbinsville and Voorhees, NJ. We look forward to meeting you!