How Long Will My Rhinoplasty Results Last?
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica
In the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon, the results of a rhinoplasty (nose job) are meant to be permanent. Rhinoplasty directly alters the structure of the bone and/or cartilage in your nose, resulting in changes that last a lifetime.
About ten or twenty years ago, rhinoplasty procedures took away a significant amount of nose skin, and sometimes removed too much of the nose’s internal structures. This occasionally led to drooping of the nose, or even a full collapse. Today, plastic surgeons take great care to conserve your nose’s structure and craft a new look that not only naturally fits your face, but will ensure uninterrupted breathing and permanent results.
How Aging Affects the Nose
Although your nose’s structure will be forever changed, rhinoplasty cannot stop the effects of age. As you get older, your nose tends to lose support, making it look slightly “longer.” This is because the skin and cartilage of your nose both become looser, and the effects of gravity gradually pull it down. Meanwhile, the bone in your nose will slowly lose volume as well.
In most situations, these changes are so minor that you will not need a revision surgery. An experienced rhinoplasty surgeon like Dr. Kim will try to anticipate how aging will affect your face, choosing a nasal appearance that “ages well” along with the rest of your facial structures. If a rhinoplasty is performed carefully and with enough foresight, you can enjoy your results for a lifetime.
Choosing a Skilled Rhinoplasty Surgeon
Since rhinoplasty is a permanent surgical procedure that can have such a dramatic effect on the overall appearance of your face, it is important that you choose a plastic surgeon who is experienced in performing this complex surgery safely and effectively. Among skilled rhinoplasty surgeons, there is a mere 5% revision rate for rhinoplasty results.
Keep in mind that it is normal to experience swelling for the first four to six months after your rhinoplasty procedure. Your final rhinoplasty results may not be apparent until a full year has passed – but for many patients, the lifelong change that a corrected nose provides is well worth the time and effort.
If you have further questions about rhinoplasty, please contact us today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Eugene Kim. We serve patients in the Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica areas of California.