Rhinoplasty at UMass Memorial: a nose job can improve your appearance

If you are unhappy with the look of your nose, a rhinoplasty (also called a “nose job” or “nose surgery”) could be just what the doctor ordered. Because your nose sits at the center of your face, even a small change can greatly boost your look and self-confidence.

Rhinoplasty is a centuries-old procedure used to repair facial traumas and improve appearance. A well-crafted rhinoplasty will not alter your entire appearance, just enhance your overall look.

Today, surgeons also use rhinoplasty to fix deviated septums (the thin wall that separates your right and left nostrils) and improve breathing through the nose. Many patients, of course, choose rhinoplasty for purely cosmetic reasons.

The art of rhinoplasty with Dr. Mustafa Akyurek
Whatever your reason for wanting this surgery, you can relax knowing UMass Memorial Medical Center will provide the best possible care. Cosmetic surgeon Mustafa Akyurek, MD, has years of experience performing rhinoplasty on a variety of patients. It is possibly his favorite cosmetic surgery to perform.

“Rhinoplasty requires a great deal of accuracy and artistry,” Dr. Akyurek says. “That’s why it is important to spend time talking with each person before the procedure. Only then do you really understand their goals.”

What to expect during rhinoplasty
Ideal rhinoplasty candidates are nonsmokers over 12 years old in good health. The procedure takes place under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, using an open or closed approach.

An open surgery uses an incision at the narrow strip of tissue separating the nostrils, while a closed surgery hides incisions inside the nostrils. Your surgeon will be able to recommend which procedure is best for you.

Once an incision is made, the surgeon reshapes the nose, using a piece of cartilage from the septum or ear if necessary. The surgeon then redrapes the skin and closes the incision. The whole procedure usually takes one to two hours.

A fast recovery and lasting confidence
Recovery usually takes a week or two, during which time you may have splints and internal tubes supporting your nose as it heals. While internal swelling usually subsides after a few weeks, your new nose may change slightly over the first year.

Ultimately, you will still look like yourself — only better. Discover more about rhinoplasty and other cosmetic surgery options by calling UMass Memorial to schedule an appointment.

To schedule a consultation or get more information, call 508-334-5990.