The aging process affects all parts of the body to varying degrees — even the nose. Over the years you can expect to see some changes to your nose as the support structures around it weaken. This process leaves the nose looking elongated, and the skin around it looser. The bones in your nose will also lose volume, leaving them more fragile and prone to breakage. Most of these changes are so gradual that they pass by without us noticing. This aging process hardly ever leads to a revision rhinoplasty, but talk to your doctor about his or her recommendations for your long-term care after rhinoplasty.
The Changes Made By Rhinoplasty
Nasal surgery can change many aspects of the nose, including form and function. It provides a solution for prospective patients who are dissatisfied with their noses for a variety of reasons:
- Too pointy
- Too small
- Too flat
- Too pointed
- Creates breathing problems.
All of these complaints are examples of the problems rhinoplasty can address. Rhinoplasty can be used to change just one small feature of the nose or reshape the entire structure, all while preserving or improving the patient’s ability to breathe freely and comfortably.
As one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries today, rhinoplasty offers real changes and solutions to a patient’s problems. Common reasons cited for seeking rhinoplasty surgery include:
- An unwanted hump or bump to be removed
- An improvement to asymmetry or crookedness
- A refinement or narrowing of a bulbous tip
- An adjustment to the projection of the tip
- A reduction in the width of the nose
- Increasing or decreasing the overall size of the nose
- A reduction in the size of the nostrils
Some patients have an idea of what they want their new nose to look like, while other patients are more motivated to make changes by the features they know they don’t want. Either way, making changes to the appearance and function of the nose begins with a rhinoplasty consultation.
Lifetime Looks: True or False?
Change is a natural part of life, with or without surgical results to worry about. In the case of rhinoplasty, many patients will notice some gradual changes that may affect the nose over time. This is perfectly normal and completely unavoidable. When it comes down to it, however, the surgical changes that are made to the nose will remain permanent even if other factors change. If you have a bump removed, for example, it will not grow back. A straightened nose will stay straight, narrowed nostrils will stay narrow, and a rounded nasal tip will stay rounded. The process of aging cannot take away the changes that you’ve achieved with your nasal surgeries, so try not to worry too much about it.
Keep in mind that the skin on your nose is more at risk of aging than the bone and cartilage structures. To prevent the skin of your nose from aging, developing sun and age spots, and creasing with wrinkles, it’s essential to care for your skin each and every day. Use sunscreen especially to combat the damage from the sun and keep the skin of your nose looking as youthful as possible.
One major threat to the changes achieved through rhinoplasty is nasal injury. More than aging, trauma to the nose can cause noticeable damage, even reversing some of the alterations your surgeon made. If you find yourself injured and you believe your nose has been broken, seek immediate medical care to assess the damage. As soon as you are able to do so, plan a second rhinoplasty procedure to reverse these unwanted changes and restore the results from your previous surgery. Injuries aside, rhinoplasty does create permanent change and there aren’t many procedures that can claim the same.
Consult With a Facial Plastic Surgeon Dedicated to Rhinoplasty
Dr. Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS of the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery is a facial plastic surgeon located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Dr. Naderi has dedicated himself and his practice to the specialty of rhinoplasty, treating the area of the nose both cosmetically and functionally. Because of his dedication to each patient, he always seeks the best approach to improve both form and function. His goal is a nose that works with and complements the face so that it looks both attractive and natural. His skills include not just basic rhinoplasty and septoplasty, but also revision rhinoplasty and reconstruction. The results of just some of his work can be seen here in the Naderi Center Photo Gallery.
Dr. Naderi is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, and want to consult with an experienced Washington, DC-area facial plastic surgeon, call the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery. For the convenience of his patients, he has two office locations: one in Herndon, VA (703 481-0002) and the other in Chevy Chase, MD (301 222-2020). Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The doctor can also be reached by email.