How do men's nose jobs work?
Many men's rhinoplasties are performed under general anesthesia. If your particular case is less complex, Dr. Nesmith may choose local anesthesia to numb your nasal area and oral sedation to relax you during the procedure.
Depending on your desired results, the procedure may begin with removing excess bone and cartilage. A reduction rhinoplasty refers to a procedure that removes tissue from your nose to reshape it.
An augmentation rhinoplasty adds tissue to your nose. For example, rebuilding the tip of your nose may require a cartilage graft from your septum or even your ear.
After your nose has been shaped according to your surgical plan, Dr. Nesmith pulls the skin back down and closes the incision. You'll be fitted with a splint to wear over your nose for at least one week.
What's the difference between an
open and closed rhinoplasty?
At Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center, we offer two types of men's rhinoplasty procedures.
Our facial plastic surgeons are board-certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and can offer friendly, insightful guidance for the right procedure for you. Contact us today to make your first appointment.
Recovery after men's rhinoplasty
The first day is usually the most difficult for recovering male patients as they will experience swelling and discomfort. We recommend patients stay in bed with their head elevated for the first 24 hours.
You should expect swelling, bruising, and a stuffy-nose feeling. Your nose will feel less congested after removing the cast or splint. Experiencing slight bleeding is normal as nose tissue heals.
Your swelling and bruising will remain for two to four days but will typically subside within two weeks. You can help reduce swelling by sleeping with your head elevated and applying cold compresses in the first few days. We also suggest avoiding spicy foods in the first few days because they can make swelling worse.
Many patients can return to work or school after the first week of recovery. However, physical activities may still be limited.
How long does a nose job for men take to heal?
Many patients are concerned with how long their swelling after surgery may last. Your nose will likely swell during recovery after removing the nasal splint. The amount of swelling depends on many factors like the type of rhinoplasty, the thickness of your skin, and the extent of the procedure.
Generally, after two weeks you will be ready to return to work and be seen out and about. Swelling has reduced enough at this point that it is less obvious that you had a procedure performed. Your nose will continue to heal over time, with final results being visible after about a year.
After around three months, much more swelling has resolved and you will have a better idea of the new shape and size of your nose. After six months, approximately 90% of the swelling will be gone.
If you have significant work done in your nose job, it may take a year or more to see the swelling in the tip of your nose resolve.
Am I a good candidate for
facial plastic surgery?
You should consider a number of factors when determining if a men's nose job is right for you – your budget, your recovery time, and the cosmetic or structural issues you'd like to change.
Your facial features need time to mature before you undergo nose surgery, so patients should be at least 17 years old. Additionally, ideal candidates have no lingering health concerns, are nonsmokers, and have realistic goals regarding their physical appearance.
The most effective way to determine candidacy for a male rhinoplasty is by consulting your plastic surgeon and discussing expectations and goals regarding the surgery.
Is men's rhinoplasty different for Black, Asian, and Latino patients?
Black, Asian, and Latino men all have genetically distinct features in their noses and faces. The skilled plastic surgeons at Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center can reshape and resize your nose while maintaining your distinct features and keeping it proportional to the rest of your face.
Is a male nose job painful?
While our male patients may experience discomfort from swelling, bruising, and the stuffy-nose feeling after surgery, most do not need pain medications for more than a few days. Men's rhinoplasty is generally a relatively painless procedure.
What are the signs of infection after a
Infections following this procedure are uncommon. However, if you experience fever, pain, redness, skin warmth, or drainage, you should contact your rhinoplasty surgeon.
To prevent infection and encourage optimal healing, you should follow Dr. Nesmith's instructions for post-op care.
Does insurance cover men's rhinoplasty?
Most health insurance plans don't cover rhinoplasty procedures because they are elective cosmetic surgeries. However, your insurance may cover a portion of the fees if your procedure addresses functional issues or includes a septoplasty.
You should contact your insurance provider about what nose issues may be covered and what documentation you may need to provide to prove they are medically necessary.