Rhinoplasty Frequently Asked Questions
Deciding on having any cosmetic surgery is a big decision. Unlike medically necessary surgery, the risks should be carefully weighed to ensure the reward will be worth the cost and the time commitment for full recovery. In Beverly Hills, nose job specialist Dr. Payman Simoni is committed to ensuring his patients are fully informed on all aspects of their cosmetic procedure. In this way his patients are able to be confident in their decision and in the final agreed upon outcome.
Dr. Simoni is considered to be one of the most qualified and gifted facial plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills. He is a double board certified plastic surgeon with a specialty in face and nose surgery. He enjoys helping his patients achieve their image goals, and particularly enjoys the challenges of providing the finest and most natural nose job Beverly Hills residents could hope to find.
What follows are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions concerning rhinoplasty. The specific questions that refer to your specific concerns will be fully discussed during the consultations before any surgery is scheduled.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a nose reshaping procedure that not only deals with cosmetic concerns, but also can improve the function of the nose. The structure of the nose is composed of bone and cartilage. The top third of the nose that forms the bridge is composed of bone with the lower two thirds being made up of cartilage.
Cosmetically, Dr. Simoni can bring the nose into balance with the rest of the face by narrowing areas that are out of proportions, removing a bump, creating a higher bridge or refining the tip. Functionally, any obstructions within the nose which impede breathing can be corrected, usually at the same time that the cosmetic approach is done.
Will there be visible scars?
There are two surgical techniques used in rhinoplasty; the closed technique and the open technique. In a closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are made inside the nose so there are no visible scars. The open technique creates an incision in the cartilage dividing the nostrils allowing Dr. Simoni clear access to the internal structure. His reputation for providing among the best nose job Beverly Hills offers is in part due to his ability to create incisions which heal to virtual invisibility. The technique that will accomplish the goals of the surgery depends on specific physical anatomy not on personal choice.
How long before I can be seen in public?
If the goal is to be able to attend a major social event such as a wedding, you should allow a month before the event. People heal at different rates. While some patients are quite presentable within two weeks of surgery, to be ‘high school reunion’ ready might take an additional two weeks. Dr. Simoni’s patients can almost always go out to run errands or meet friends within two weeks.
When can I return to work or school?
As long as the activity level at work or school is the equivalent of a desk job, a week’s recovery should be enough time for any bruising or swelling to diminish enough to enable a return to work. For those with physically demanding jobs, Dr. Simoni will provide a timetable for recovery that matches work place or social activity level.
Much depends on whether or not you want the procedure to remain confidential. In this case a return to work or school without raising the curiosity of fellow workers or students would need a solid two weeks of recovery.
What about exercise and sports following rhinoplasty surgery?
In order to achieve the aesthetic and functional goals of a world class Beverly Hills nose job, the nose must be allowed to heal without any trauma or stress for the first year. The early weeks are most critical and during this time strenuous physical activity will need to be avoided to keep the blood pressure even.
This doesn’t mean that all exercise should be avoided for a year. Dr. Simoni provides detailed recovery instructions outlining the return to normal activities along a tried and true timetable. Gentle exercise is desirable to keep the circulation healthy.
Am I going to look really different?
With Dr. Simoni’s keen sense of artistry combined with his exceptional surgical skill, you will look like yourself without the imbalances caused by your nose. The nose is the most prominent feature of the face. Getting his signature natural results is accomplished by bringing the nose into balance with the facial features to the end result that your nose will fit and compliment your face.
How painful is the recovery?
Most patients mention how surprised they were with the ease of recovery. Although the early stages of rhinoplasty can look very dramatic to close friends or family, the pain is actually minimal. It is well managed with a few days of prescription pain medication followed by the use of approved over-the-counter remedies that do not contain ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is an anti inflammatory that thins the blood which can interfere with the healing process. The most common complaint is a very stuffy nose and pressure for the first few days.
Who is the ideal rhinoplasty candidate?
There is no specific criterion that defines the best candidates for rhinoplasty. Generally patients must be in good health and must have attained full growth and development in the face. Younger patients must be accessed to determine if their facial features are still growing, but a good rule of thumb is if the shoe size hasn’t changed in a year, they may be old enough for the procedure.
Another category of rhinoplasty patient is someone who is unhappy with their previous result. Dr. Simoni sees many patients who fall into this group because of his reputation for providing among the most refined and natural nose job Beverly Hills can deliver. As revision rhinoplasty is more difficult and requires the highest level of skill. His decades of experience and double board certification in facial procedures draws people to him from all over the world who want their earlier surgery repaired.
If you are concerned whether or not you are a candidate for either primary or revision rhinoplasty, make an appointment to consult with Dr. Simoni. He will give you his honest opinion on your unique requirements by discussing your specific health issues and examining your nose to determine the best course of action.
Will insurance cover the cost of my Beverly Hills nose job?
Most cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance. In the case of rhinoplasty, if there is a functional problem with breathing, sleep related problems related to breathing, recurring sinus infections related to functional nasal problems, your insurance may cover that portion of the surgery. Our insurance specialist will be happy to review your coverage and advise you accordingly.