Answering the Most Frequent Questions on Rhinoplasty

How Much Will My Nose Change After Rhinoplasty?

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your nose, you have probably considered a rhinoplasty. However, many patients have questions about what changes are possible with a rhinoplasty and what their results will be like. Dr. Walker offers several specialized rhinoplasty options to suit a variety of needs. During your consultation with Dr. Walker, photos will be taken and computer imaging simulations will be performed to show what your nose could look like after surgery. Here are a few things you should know about the changes you can make with a rhinoplasty. 

What Changes Can I Make with a Rhinoplasty?

Overall, a rhinoplasty is intended to create a nose shape that is refined and proportionate with the rest of your facial features, creating overall balance and symmetry. A rhinoplasty is often chosen to straighten the nose, reduce a bump on the nasal bridge, revise the shape of the nasal tip, or reduce the overall size of the nostrils, nasal tip, or the nose as a whole. During your consultation, you will explain what features of your nose you are unhappy with, and Dr. Walker will make suggestions for a nose shape that will bring visual harmony and balance to your face. 

If a previous rhinoplasty gave you unsatisfactory results, revision rhinoplasty is a great option. You may choose revision rhinoplasty to reverse negative outcomes from a previous rhinoplasty or to adjust the changes that were previously made to better suit your goals. Keep in mind that rhinoplasty, if properly done, can also improve your nasal breathing simultaneously. 

Will a Rhinoplasty Suit My Natural Features?

A common problem in rhinoplasty results is that the nose does not flatter the patient’s natural features or look natural. This is especially true for patients of non-Caucasian descent when their surgeons do not understand the differences between various ethnicities. Completely different techniques are utilized in augmentation vs. reduction rhinoplasties in patients of various ethnic backgrounds. Dr. Walker offers a procedure known as ethnic rhinoplasty, which involves techniques tailored to the patient’s unique and naturally beautiful facial features respecting their heritage. 

For example, African American rhinoplasties should take the naturally thicker skin and wider nasal base into consideration while refining the nose. Similarly, Asian rhinoplasties are often performed to create a higher nasal profile for a more refined and narrower look in those of Southeast Asian descent. 

Who is a Candidate for a Rhinoplasty?

Most people who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose, are in generally good health, and have realistic expectations are good candidates for rhinoplasty. This includes younger patients in many cases. As long as a patient is fully grown, teenagers may be candidates for a teenage rhinoplasty—this usually occurs at about 14 years old for girls and 16 years old for boys although deviations from this rule of thumb exist. Dr. Walker will determine during the consultation whether or not someone is physically (and mentally) mature enough to undergo a rhinoplasty. 

Many men undergo rhinoplasty as well and in Dr. Walker’s practice, approximately one-third of his patients are male.  A male rhinoplasty is performed to enhance the appearance of a man’s nose while maintaining a masculine look, including a straight and prominent nasal bridge. 

How Much Will My Nose Change with Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty?

For some patients, the changes they’re looking for can be achieved with a non-surgical rhinoplasty. Also known as a “liquid rhinoplasty”, this procedure can add volume to the nose, create a smoother nasal bridge, disguise a bump, or refine the nasal tip.  

Can a Rhinoplasty Improve My Breathing?

A functional rhinoplasty can be chosen to help improve a patient’s breathing. Often, patients choose this procedure to resolve breathing issues while refining their appearance. A less invasive septoplasty can also be chosen to address a deviated septum or similar issues, while sinus surgery helps patients who have diseased, damaged, or obstructed sinuses causing pressure headaches. 

Schedule a Consultation 

To learn more about your rhinoplasty options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Walker by calling our Atlanta office at (470) 900-FACE (3223) or contacting us online