RESTORE BALANCE between your nose and face. Nose surgery, or a nose job, can change the size of your nose; change the shape of the tip or the bridge; narrow the span of the nostrils; or change the angle between nose and upper lip. This operation is often performed along with a chin augmentation.
For cosmetic nose surgeries, Dr. Harris prefers not to operate on teenagers until after they’ve completed their growth spurt, age 14 or 15 for girls and a bit later for boys.
When rhinoplasty is performed from inside the nose, there is no visible scarring at all. When an “open” technique is used, or when the procedure calls for the narrowing of flared nostrils, the small scars on the base of the nose are usually not visible.
Surgery and recovery
Dr. Harris performs his rhinoplasties under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis at the day surgery facility. The surgery usually takes several hours. When the operation is complete, a splint is applied to help your nose maintain its new shape. Most rhinoplasty patients are up and about within two days, and able to return to school or to sedentary work a week or so following surgery. Most insurance policies don’t cover purely cosmetic surgery; please check with your insurer.